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Lip Shortening

  • Standard Recovery Time:
    3 - 7 days
  • Average Cost:
    $2,000 - $5,000
  • Anesthesia Required:
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About Lip Shortening

Lip shortening, also referred to as a lip lift, is a surgical procedure that reduces the space between the nose and the top of the lip, known as the “philtrum.” The procedure increases the amount of pink tissue visible, making the lips appear fuller and more pronounced. A surgical lip lift is a long-term solution for achieving a full, natural, and youthful upper lip.

Commonly asked questions about Lip Shortening

1. What is lip shortening?

Lip shortening is a surgical procedure that creates a full, natural-looking upper lip for people who have a very thin upper lip or, in some cases, no upper lip at all. The procedure is best suited for patients who want a permanent full upper lip, for whom dermal fillers may not be effective or who are simply tired of having to treat the area repeatedly. Enhancing the shape of your lips can have a subtle to dramatic impact on your overall facial appearance.

2. Why is lip shortening done?

Lip shortening creates a more balanced appearance to the face by shortening the space between the nose and the upper lip. The procedure involves removing some skin between your lip and nose and shortening the gap. The upper lip is pulled to make the pink part of the lip, known as the vermillion, more visible, resulting in a fuller, more pronounced, and natural-looking upper lip.

3. Am I a good candidate for lip shortening?

You may be a good candidate for lip shortening if you:

  • Are generally healthy
  • Have a significantly thin upper lip
  • Have tried dermal fillers & are looking for a permanent result
  • Have a gap between your nose and mouth
  • Don’t smoke
  • Have realistic expectations

4. How is a lip shortening procedure performed?

Step One – Anesthesia

The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation.

Step Two – The Incision

Following anesthetic administration, a tiny incision is made within the nasal sill (the ridge of soft tissue at the bottom edge of your nose, located right at each nostril opening). Excess tissue is removed, and the upper lip is lifted and everted slightly.

Step Three – Closing the Incisions

The incision is then sutured closed, and your lip shortening procedure is done.

5. How long does a lip shortening procedure take to perform?

Depending on the complexity of your procedure, lip shortening can take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

6. What is recovery like after lip shortening?

While recovering from your lip shortening procedure, you may experience temporary swelling, redness, bruising, and sensitivity in the treated area. Patients typically take 5 to 7 days off to recover and majority of the swelling subsides within a week.

7. When will I see the final results?

You will notice results immediately following your procedure, but swelling may cause your mouth to appear larger than usual. As it dissipates, the optimal results will appear. The final results are usually visible one to three months after surgery.

8. What are the risks of lip shortening?

As with any surgical procedure, although rare, there are potential risks and complications including:

  • Poor wound healing
  • Scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood loss
  • Anesthesia

9. How much does lip shortening cost in Canada?

The cost of lip shortening can vary depending on the complexity of your surgery. In Canada, the average cost of lip shortening ranges between $2,000 to $5,000.

10. Is lip shortening worth it?

520/567 people who have received lip shortening rated the treatment “Worth It” (92%).

Source: realself.com