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
"Yes....I have had quite a battle with the appearance of my nose. I was bit by a dog at the age of 2. This injury damaged me to where my nose never grew a bridge and my nostrils were uneven. I discovered Dr. Shah through a google search, scheduled an appointment, and from my first few minutes in his office I felt that I was in the right place. Not only is his staff polite, kind and attentive, Dr. Shah has a very calm and happy....yet focused personality. He saw the imperfections, that I saw and gave an extremely detailed lay out of what could be done to improve the appearance of this nose that had undermined my self esteem, for so long. Obviously, Dr. Shah is an expert, and if you were to see my before and after photos, you may even call him a magician. However, the things that up him over the top, for me, is that....Every moment with Dr. Shah and his staff, from my initial consultation to pre op, post op, bedside calls and follow up appointments have been nothing less than top notch, 5 Star patient care."- T.R. / Google / Aug 26, 2018
"Passing Happiness on to Others - Yes....I have had quite a battle with the appearance of my nose. I was bit by a dog at the age of 2. This injury damaged me to where my nose never grew a bridge and my nostrils were uneven. I discovered Dr. Shah through a google search, scheduled an appointment, and from my first few minutes in his office I felt that I was in the right place. Not only is his staff polite, kind and attentive,..."- T. / RealSelf / Aug 20, 2018
"Dr. Shah is THE surgeon to go to - Wonderful, friendly, and a Master of his specialty. Just by speaking with him, you are aware of his expertise and professionalism. He truly cares about his patients' concerns and happiness. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, both in his office and through surgery. Not only is Dr. Shah great, but the Office Staff is warm and welcoming. Dr. Shah has helped me feel like a true woman for the first time in my life. After becoming very ill at an adolescent age, and dealing with a 105+ lbs weight gain and 80+ lbs weight loss, my skin had been stretched, my breasts were sagging, and my thighs had been affected. Needless to say, I was very, very self conscious. Being in my 20's, I wanted to enjoy feeling how a normal 20-something-year-old should feel, especially after my medical cure. Dr. Shah helped my husband and I choose the right size breast implants for my body-type and activity level and walked us through every option and how each procedure would go. I underwent surgery and had breast augmentation and thigh liposuction. Surgery and recovery went exceptionally well. Three months out and I continue to be happier and happier as each day goes by. The results are even better than I expected. Dr. Shah made my dreams come true. I continue to see him to further work on other things I wish to fix. I trust him completely and highly recommend him to anyone and everyone."- E.J. / Google / Jul 26, 2018
"Dr. Shah is THE Surgeon to Go to - Wonderful, Friendly, and a Master of His Specialty. - Dr. Shah is THE surgeon to go to - Wonderful, friendly, and a Master of his specialty. Just by speaking with him, you are aware of his expertise and professionalism. He truly cares about his patients' concerns and happiness. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, both in his office and through surgery. Not only is Dr. Shah great, but the Office Staff is warm and welcoming. Dr. Shah..."- E. / RealSelf / Jul 25, 2018
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.