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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, since 2000 there has been over a 50% increase in lip augmentations. Most of the time, lip augmentations result in making lips larger through the use of fillers. A lip lift procedure is another option that can improve the lip and smile aesthetics though, and is a more permanent solution.

Plumping Up Lips with A Lip Lift

Oftentimes, patients use lip fillers or implants to plump up their lips. Lip fillers are only temporary and last only about six months. Lip fillers are usually made of hyaluronic acid and are injected into the lips to give it a fuller appearance.  While most often fillers are used to simply plump the lips for improved lip appearance, these changes can help to reverse some of the signs aging in the lips.

For patients who are seeking a more permanent solution to change the shapes of their lips, or struggling with elongation of the upper lip due to aging, a lip lift might be a good solution. Unlike lip fillers, a lip lift is a permanent solution. A lip lift is an effective solution for older patients who want to decrease the length of their lips. As we age, the space between the nose and the upper lip increases, causing lips to look thinner. A lip lift is a good solution for younger patients who have not achieved their desired look from lip fillers – the so-called “flip” of the lip.

The goal of a lip lift procedure is to shorten the upper lip and roll it out, giving the appearance of a plumper and curvier lip. If the goal of lip fillers is to add volume, the goal of a lip lift is to add height.  A lip lift procedure shortens the space between the nose and the top of the lip, increasing the amount of visible pink lip tissue. This gives lips a fuller and more pronounced appearance in addition to increasing how much your upper teeth show when your lips are resting.

The Benefits of a Lip Lift

A lip lift surgery is usually performed with local or sedation anesthesia and takes less than an hour when done by itself as a standalone procedure. There is minimal scarring with the surgery as the incision is typically made in the crease atof the bottom of the nose. There are numerous benefits to choosing to undergo a lip lift procedure over temporary lip fillers. These benefits include:;

·  Fuller and plumper lips

·  An improved shape and length of lips

·  An improved smile

·  More prominent lip line

·  Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the upper lip

·  Improved self-esteem and self-confidence

·  Permanent enhancement

If you’re looking for a fuller and plumper smile, a lip lift might be just the solution that you are seeking. While lip fillers are an effective temporary solution to add volume, a lip lift is a permanent solution to more prominent lips.

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