The lips should ideally remain voluminous, full, and supple. But as we age, they start appearing thin, cracked, and dry, making you look significantly older than you feel. If you’re unhappy with the general appearance of your lips, you might want to consider a lip lift to achieve fuller and more youthful lips. You can also combine a lip lift with a facelift, neck lift, or other similar procedures to combat the signs of aging on other parts of the face.
Dr. Christopher C. Chang is an exceptional board-certified plastic surgeon offering a minimally invasive lip lift in Washington DC & Maryland. He has a keen eye for facial symmetry, proportionality, and general aesthetics, having worked on a wide range of facial procedures. He leverages cutting-edge technologies and techniques to provide the most aesthetically pleasing and natural results. Schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Chang to discuss your lip lift treatment options today.
What is a lip lift?
A lip lift is a minimally invasive and outpatient procedure that helps patients achieve fuller, more voluminous, and youthful lips. It permanently changes the overall shape and appearance of your upper or lower lips, ensuring their overall proportionality and size. The surgeon makes small incisions in the lips or under the nose to trim away excess skin tissues, minimize sagging, and shape the lip contours. The procedure prevents drooping lips, allowing you to show more teeth while smiling.
What are the benefits of a lip lift?
- Achieve fuller and better-defined lips
- Lift the corners of the mouth to prevent a constant frown
- Improve overall shape
- Make the lip line prominent
- Reveal more teeth while smiling
- Reduce lines on the upper lips
- Ensure permanent results
- Well-concealed incision marks
- Minimal downtime
- Improve overall confidence and self-esteem
Who is a good candidate for a lip lift?
A lip lift is a suitable treatment option for older individuals with considerably sagging, wrinkled lips, or drooping lips that hide your smile. Over time, the space between the lips and the nose increases because of your lips' gradual loss of volume. A lip lift restores the ideal proportions and aesthetic. It’s also suitable for younger patients who are tired of the constant upkeep with temporary lip fillers. However, you must be in overall good health and a non-smoker (or willing to quit) to qualify for the surgery.
How is a lip lift procedure performed?
The lip lift procedure starts with a personal consultation with Dr. Chang, wherein he examines your lips and discusses your cosmetic goals. He gives you detailed guidelines for things you should and shouldn’t do a few days before the procedure, such as stop smoking a few weeks before the treatment, stop taking blood-thinning medications, and other recommendations.
The lip lift procedure will be performed in the surgeon’s office under local anesthesia. The surgeon will remove a small piece of skin via an incision under the nose or in the lips, though the exact location of the incision might depend on the specific procedure you’re getting. The surgeon will trim away the excess skin tissues, shape your lips according to your cosmetic goals, and place sutures to close the incisions.
What’s the recovery from a lip lift like?
You might experience an uncomfortable sensation in your mouth after the surgery. Your lips and mouth may feel swollen and tight. The swelling will gradually dissipate in a few days or a week, and you’ll recover completely within four weeks. You must follow all of Dr. Chang’s post-surgery guidelines during the recovery to ensure a smooth process with no complications. You must avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks, avoid sleeping on your face, use a small toothbrush, and keep the incisions clean.
If you’re considering this procedure, schedule a consultation with one of the top providers of the lip lift in Washington DC & Maryland today.
"I have never felt so confident. Dr. Chang completely changed how I saw myself in the mirror. I was terribly self conscious of my nose from my youth and finally decided to go through with the surgery. Not only was it inexpensive compared to the other three doctors I contacted, the before and after pictures of patients were also much better looking than the others! The whole process of surgery and recovery was quick and pretty much painless. I would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting cosmetic surgery. It really made me a happier person." - Catherine M.
"My son was in a terrible accident with most of the bones in his face and skull broken... I don't know what I would have done without Dr Chang!! My son is fully recovered and back to his old self again. I love Dr Chang, he will be in my prayers for the rest of my life. Thank you!" - Elizabeth A.
"I cannot say enough about my surgery with Dr. Chang! I had full facial Rejuvenation including a facelift brow lift and upper eyelids done 4 months ago. I also had a chemical peel to my lower eyelids and mouth. They was barely any pain and I was back to work the next week! I am so thrilled and my friends are so impressed. I cannot say enough about my experience! He is both caring and an amazing surgeon! Thank you so much!" - Cathy W.
The entire experience and outcome was everything I hoped for and I cannot thank Dr. Chang enough! He is a true pro and I recommend 100% without reservation!" - Ashley R.
"I went to Dr. Chang to correct the damage done to my breasts from pregnancy and breastfeeding. He went above and beyond to make me comfortable and to explain exactly what the procedures (lift + implants) would entail. He was extremely responsive and truly understood the look that I was trying to achieve - full, natural for my frame, and with minimal scarring. I'm only two days out from surgery and I'm already loving my results. I am so glad that I chose Dr. Chang to restore my chest to its pre-baby appearance. I actually think they are going to be better than they ever were before I had kids!" - Emily L.