Denver, CO plastic surgeon Dr. Manish Shah creates shapely, gorgeous lips with cosmetic lip lift surgery. Different than lip augmentation where the lips are made to appear fuller with either a fat injections or injectable filler, a lip lift actually redefines the shape and contour of the lip by surgically enhancing the “Cupid’s bow” (the two distinct peaks on the upper lip). In addition, the distance between the base of the nose and the upper lip is also altered so the vertical space between the nose and lip is aesthetically appealing and ideal, which in most surgeons' opinion is between 12 – 15 millimeters. During the initial consultation with Dr. Shah, the differences between a lip lift and lip augmentation will be discussed to see which treatment is a better fit for you. Sometimes, a combination procedure is performed using both the lip lift and augmentation.
"My Muscle Wall Gave Way Giving my Abdomen an Unsightly Large Buldge - Denver, CO - I met Dr Shah in 2007 when he did a face lift for me. I was really happy with the results. When I found out no amount of diet and exercise would remedy the problem with my abdomen I contacted him. and even through I no longer live in Colorado, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to perform my surgery.I am a little over four weeks after surgery and I am thrilled with the results. I am 66 years old and healing well and now I have the tummy I have dreamed of having.Thank you Dr Shah I appreciate your skill and care!"- D. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2015
"I had been contemplating a revision rhinoplasty after not being fully happy with my first rhinoplasty. I went to several doctors and all told me to put fillers into my nose. I wasn’t comfortable with that as I wanted a permanent fix. I had a few issues with my nose and overall I felt the nose just didn’t fit my face. After talking with Dr Shah I finally felt like I was being heard! I am now 6 or so weeks post revision and I can say all the “problem areas” I was concerned about were corrected. The results are far beyond my expectations! I am also a little bit of a worrier and I’m concerned about persistent swelling occurring again. Even though my follow up is several weeks away, he fit me in sooner to hear my concerns. Having a Dr willing to see you when you feel concerned or worried is worth everything! So not am I only over the moon with my results, I feel as though I can come to him with concerns along the way and he will listen. I would highly recommend Dr Shah to anyone considering rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty. He is truly and artist and did a wonderful job creating a nose that fits my long, angled face! I am So thankful and so happy!!! Thank you Shah team!!!"- M.N. / Google / Jul 25, 2019
"Dr. Shah and his entire staff are absolutley amazing! Everyone at Shah Aesthetic Surgery is extremely sweet and very knowledgeable, it brings a sense of comfort while going through each and every step with them. I wanted a rhinoplasty for years, it was something I thought about every time I looked in the mirror. After breaking my nose playing sports years ago and disliking it even more, I finally scheduled a consultation with Dr. Shah and knew about 30 minutes in that he was the surgeon for me. Dr. Shah sat down with me, anwsered every single question, went over every option available, explained to me in detail everything that would be done, (I didn't know I had a deviated septum as well) and was able to show me what the outcome would look like on me with computer software. I am so incredibly happy with the outcome, my only regret is not finding Dr. Shah sooner! I can't thank the entire team at Shah Aesthetic enough for everything they have done for me, especially helping me gain the confidence I have alway struggled with!"- M.K. / Google / Jul 14, 2019
"I am so happy I chose Dr. Shah for my rhino/septoplasty. He is compassionate and thoughtful in his approach and explains the procedure very thoroughly. He wants the patient to be educated in his reasoning for what he does and make sure everyone is on the same page. He took the time to understand what I wanted in a final outcome, as well as being very realistic with the results and making sure my breathing was optimal after surgery. He answered every question I had pre and post-op, (and was available for any questions I had while recovering, which is rare to find). It has been one month post-op, and I could not be more thrilled with my nose. Although I am only one month out, my nose is already everything I wanted and so much more, and my breathing is better than ever. Dr. Shah is truly a miracle worker. I cannot wait to see how it continues to change throughout the next eleven months. Dr. Shah represents the very genuine and sincere side of healthcare that is so rare to find nowadays"- L. / Healthgrades / Jun 26, 2019
"I went to Dr. Shah 2 years ago for a rhinoplasty I'm of mix race so was kinda cautious at first with ethnic rhinoplasty that was my biggest concern . he already knew excatly what type of nose I wanted and would fit my face and it was excatly what I had a vision of in my mind. My nose looks amazing 2 years later hes very good with ethnic rhinoplasty....hes a amazing guy and very talent with his gift .I would highly recommend him. The staff is wonderful as well."- L.M. / Google / Jun 21, 2019
The technique used will be customized to match the patient’s condition and preference. Listed below are two of the most common techniques used by Dr. Shah:
The Gull-Wing Lip Lift
The gull-wing lip lift addresses the vermilion 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 vermilion. 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. First, it removes a portion of the skin from under the nose, and then gently lifts the skin to reshape the Cupid’s bow and provide 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 two 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. It should take a few months to attain the final look the patient wanted.
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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.
Enhance Your Smile
For more information on a surgical lip lift, please call our Denver, CO plastic surgery office to schedule your consultation. Dr. Shah is skilled to perform a number of facial cosmetic surgeries and will consult with you to discuss the various techniques he performs to create the gorgeous look you are seeking.