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
"Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty Scheduled Soon - I’ve been thinking about getting a nose job since I could remember and it’s finally happening. I had my preop today and my surgery is scheduled for May 17th. Dr Shah already gave me all the vitamins and basically everything I need for before and after surgery. So far my experience with Dr Shah has been great, he is very easy to talk to and he understood what I wanted; he also made it clear as to what he can and can’t achieve due to me having thicker and more oily skin. I’m very excited yet somewhat scared considering i’ve never had surgery before. I’ll be sure to keep this post updated."- J. / RealSelf / Apr 25, 2019
"I had a rhinoplasty completed by Dr. Shah about a month ago, and I can't even tell you how HAPPY I am with it! I was super nervous at first, but Dr. Shah and his entire staff were so friendly and helpful every step of the way. One month post-op and my nose is already everything I wanted! So glad I chose Dr. Shah! :)"- V.R. / Google / Apr 24, 2019
"Amazing Surgeon - Dr. Shah is highly intelligent, talented, and understands his patients needs. He pays attention to details and provides many helpful suggestions of what to do or not to do. His bedside manner is nothing but the best care in town, support and such empathy. He is so supportive of his patients. He did a beautiful job on my surgery and all of my pre op visits has been nothing but just the Best from Dr. Shah and his team! Thank you!!!"- H. / RealSelf / Apr 23, 2019
"3 and a half weeks!! - I’m having my tummy tuck and lipo in a little over 3 weeks. I am EVERY emotion, lol. Excited, nervous, scared, happy, you know, ALL the emotions. I am a plus size girl that has had a tummy pannus since I can remember. I’ve always wanted it removed but never thought I looked or felt “skinny” enough. I’m the strongest and fittest i have ever been and so excited to make these changes! I feel very lucky that I have found a doctor that sees my vision and he and his whole office staff are incredibly kind and supportive."- H. / RealSelf / Apr 23, 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.