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Lip injections or which is called sometimes fillers or lip implants, is a common term. These procedures give that bee-stung look to the lips. Although There’s another surgical procedure known as a lip lift that can give you a different kind of pout. Unlike lip fillers, it’s permanent.


A lip lift is an in-office procedure that involves removing a small strip of skin under your nose, which shortens the area between the nose and the top lip (the philtrum) to expose more of the vermilion, the red of the lips, making them look fuller, It also increases how much of your upper central teeth show when your lips are resting. It’s a good option for people who want to add height instead of volume to their lips.


There are different types of lip lifts. It’s important to know the types and techniques so you can have an informed discussion with your surgeon about which is right for you.

Direct Lip Lift
A direct lip lift, sometimes called a gullwing lip lift, creates a more defined lip border. A thin strip of skin is removed just above the upper lip, and the skin is pulled upwards, creating the illusion of a more pronounced vermilion (the pink part of the lips). This procedure typically leaves behind a scar on the upper lip area.

Subnasal Bullhorn
The most common procedure is the bullhorn lip lift, also called a subnasal lip lift, which involves removing the skin just below and to the sides of the nostrils. A surgeon will make an incision that’s typically hidden along the base of the nose where it’s less visible. The incision is often made in the shape of a bullhorn and the center, right, and left of the lip are all pulled up toward the nose.

Central Lip Lift
A central lip lift is similar to a subnasal bullhorn lift. It shortens the space between the nose and the lips by an incision at the lower nose.

Corner Lip Lift
A corner lip lift is sometimes called a “grin lift” because it gives the face a more smiley appearance. It’s done by making two small incisions at both corners of the mouth and removing a small amount of skin. Some people will get this in tandem with another lip lift to give fuller lips. It’s an option for people who feel they have downturned lips.

Italian Lip Lift
An Italian lip lift requires two incisions below each nostril, and other than that detail, it’s very similar to the bullhorn. It typically doesn’t involve a noticeable scar.


A lip lift can be a good option for;

  • older people who want to reduce the space between the lips and the nose. With age, this space typically increases and can make lips look thinner.
  • younger people who haven’t achieved the look they want from fillers, or if they find that fillers make their lips look unnaturally plump or duck-like, may prefer a lip lift.

**Lip lifts are also a permanent solution, so they can be helpful for people who are tired of the upkeep of filler.

A person is not a good candidate if…

  • who do not have a lot of space between the base of your nose and the top of your lip (typically about 1.5 centimeters)
  • a smoker who can not or able to quit for the postsurgery healing period (about 2 to 4 weeks)


During a lip lift surgery , the plastic surgeon will create a small incision in the lip area or under the nose and cuts off excess skin to lift and enhance the appearance of the lips.

Before Surgery

  • Smoking must be stopped for a week before.
  • Eating and drinking must be stopped for at least 6 hours before the surgery.
  • Drinking alcohol must be stopped for a week before the operation.
  • Up to 2 weeks before the operation, avoid aspirin and blood thinning medications.

The lip lift procedure is a surgery performed under a local anesthesia and in a surgeon’s office. A small piece of skin will be removed from somewhere between the nose and mouth — the exact location will depend on what time of lip lift you’re getting. Sutures will be put on for up to a week after.

After Surgery

  • Plan to rest for 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and smoking in the weeks after.
  • Sleeping on the face must be avoided or opening your mouth too wide.
  • A small toothbrush is better to be used.
  • Keep The lips moisturized.
  • The incisions must get clean out following the doctor’s recommendations.
  • Potential complications.

Like any other surgery, lip lifts have some potential complications include:

  • Scaring
  • Slow healing process
  • During or after surgery there may be blood loss
  • Nerve damage may happen

Lip lifts are an elective cosmetic procedures so an insurance won’t cover them.

  • A lip lift procedure cost varies from a surgeon to another, and from a country to another. 
  • This price may go higher if you’re getting a corner lip lift paired with another lift