Lip lift surgery, a cosmetic procedure offered by Pittsburgh plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau, is a corrective surgery that reshapes the upper lip and improves the natural position of the lip and the smile. Unlike an augmentation procedure where volume is the primary concern, a lip lift redefines the lip by surgically recreating a new contour. This procedure focuses on reshaping the “Cupid’s bow” (the two distinct peaks on the upper lip), or it may focus on the corners of the mouth if they begin to turn down due to the natural aging process. Dr. Fernau will assess the lips and provide a thorough treatment plan that will create gorgeous results. In addition to surgery, he may also recommend the use of an injectable filler to add volume.
Lip Lift Reviews
"I had an upper lip lift about a month ago. I'm very pleased with the results. Dr Fernau's work is exceptional. The suture line which goes all around my nose is nearly imperceptible. The post-op pain was minimal. Dr Fernau is very down to earth and accessible. His staff is quite friendly and helpful. I highly recommend dr Fernau and I will look no further for a surgeon no matter what the procedure."- K.L. / Vitals / Aug 05, 2014
"Today I had my first appointment with Dr. Fernau and it was for lip injections. I have been to many other businesses for lip injections before but have felt my wants were not met by the injectors due to poor technique and/or lack of knowledge in regards to products that can be used for the result I seek. Dr. Fernau was very pleasant, along with the other staff in the office. He made sure that he understood my expectations and ensured I was comfortable throughout the entire process. He had told me that in the medical field, especially in his speciality, that "tenacity is important" and I couldn't agree more. He had went beyond my expectations from using products that have never been used on me before from others, ensuring I was pleased with the outcome, and even providing a discount/special. His technique was one of impeccable skill and I had left the office with beautiful results instantly. In the past, I had left other offices with considerable swelling and unnatural looking lips. I was confident enough to be seen publicly immediately after the injections. He insisted upon a follow up to ensure I was satisfied and guaranteed a free fix if I was unsatisfied. I am looking forward to seeing him next week and highly suggest him for his ability to create aesthetically pleasing (and lasting) results."- J.E. / Google / Aug 12, 2015
"Dr fernau placed filler in my lips and they look amazing! I get compliments all of the time on my lips . He is a perfectionist and highly skilled ! And the office girls are the best ! I'll never go anywhere else."- Anonymous / UCompareHealthcare / May 24, 2016
"Dr.Fernau recently did my lip augmentation using voluma and the pout technique ! Oh my gosh I can't stop trying on different color lipsticks ! My lips are voluptuous yet do not look over done ! Just natural the numbing Creme saved the day and made it painless with the injection ! His staff those girls are knowledgable and just kind ! I will go back over and over again for filler as well as other procedures in the future ! He really took his time with me and made me feel at ease !!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 25, 2016
"I have been to Dr.Fernau's office for Juvederm injections in my lips on three separate occasions and both he and his staff have been fabulous every single time. I came to get juvederm fearfully after a bad experience at a local and very popular medical spa that left me with botched looking lips that had to be fixed and dissolved. I wish I would have found Accent on Body before then! Dr.Fernau and his staff injected my lips in a truly artful and careful manner! They are excellent at what they do, and have a friendly bedside manner that makes you feel comfortable. I now have the perfect pout and I love my lips!"- D.L. / Facebook / May 26, 2017
The technique used will be customized to match the patient’s condition and preference. Listed below are two of the most common techniques implemented by plastic surgeons:
The Gull-Wing Lip Lift
The gull-wing lip lift addresses the vermillion on the lips. This is the part of the upper and lower lips that have the pinkish skin. Surgeons usually advise patients to consider the gull-wing lip lift to increase the display of the vermillion. With this procedure, a tiny incision is made to remove skin and nearby tissue from or above the white line of the skin that has the vermilion. Because some tissues are removed, the shape of the lips will change from both peaks of the Cupid’s bow. This process can also be done on the lower lip.
Sub-Nasal Lip Lift
Another type of lip lift is the sub-nasal lip lift or “bullhorn lip lift”. This is also a very popular type of lip lift. Firstly, it removes a portion of the skin from under the nose, and then gently lifts the skin to reshape the Cupid’s bow and provided a lifted appearance. This effect produces a result where a small part of the teeth can be seen even when the mouth is closed. The results using this method are immediate. One disadvantage of this technique is that slight scarring may be noticeable under the nose. However, a qualified surgeon will produce an outcome that limits scarring as much as possible.
A lip lift is performed using general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The outpatient procedure usually takes up to 2 hours to be completed. Results after the first few days of the surgery will already be visible with a bit of swelling and minimal pain. Full effect should take a few months to have the final look the patient wanted.
The average cost of a lip lift procedure will range between $2,500 to $3,500. If the lip lift is done in combination with another procedure, the cost further increases.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,500 - $3,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Lip Lift FAQs
Puckered Duck Lips?
Having “duck lips” is the result of a surgeon augmenting a lip that probably should have been lifted instead. What the lip lift does is improve the placement and overall shape of the lips. This procedure is made to create natural, subtle and youthful results.
Will There Be Scars?
Minimal scarring may be visible with this procedure. The sutures will be finely done and the doctor will make every effort to minimize the effects of scarring. Incisions are barely visible after the procedure.
Lift vs. Augmentation?
Lip augmentation produces fuller lips while a lip lift improves the lip position and shape. Having either a lift or augmentation depends on the shape of the lips an individual has and what the ultimate aesthetic goal is. If a person has a flat and undefined lip, a lip augmentation may result in an outward pouty lip rather than a shapelier and well-designed mouth. Therefore, lip augmentation is not always the solution. A skilled surgeon can determine what kind of lip surgery would be appropriate to have in order to achieve the patient’s desired goals.