Lip Lift Conveniently located to serve New York City
Smile with fuller lips thanks to a lip lift in New York City by Dr. Pakeman.
A lip lift is a procedure done to enhance the shape and appearance of the lips. The corners can also be lifted to improve smile quality and show off teeth.
This procedure is a permanent cosmetic surgery that can reduce fine lines on the upper lip and define a more prominent lip line. With a lifelong commitment to precision and artistry, Dr. Basil Pakeman can provide high-quality skillful results to achieve your aesthetic goals.
What Is a Lip Lift?
A lip lift is a way to achieve a lifted and fuller lips. It shortens the space between the upper lip and nose, also known as the philtrum.
The procedure also includes increasing pink tissue on the lips for more noticeable fullness. If a patient is concerned with how much teeth are shown while the lips are at rest, a lip lift surgery can correct this as well.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?
The best candidates for a lip lift are people who want to lessen the space between the nose and lips. Factors that can affect philtrum length include genetics and aging.
A lip lift is a good option for people who want permanent enhancement for the lips. Lip fillers offer similar improvement in terms of appearance but only last for 12 to 18 months, depending on how fast an individual’s metabolism is.
The best candidates are healthy individuals who are eligible to undergo surgery. People with medical conditions that negatively affect healing may not be considered for this procedure.
Your Lip Lift Consultation
A lip lift consultation will revolve around a discussion of your appearance goals and your eligibility for the surgery. Dr. Pakeman will describe the surgical techniques that can be performed after carefully assessing your lip structure. This will also help set realistic expectations before the procedure.
Dr. Pakeman will evaluate your overall health and complete medical history to avoid any potential surgical complications. You may need to avoid a few medications that could affect the surgery. Inform us of any allergies so that a safe anesthesia can be selected for your comfort.
How to Prepare for a Lip Lift
To experience a safe lip lift procedure, a candidate must secure transportation, have a companion on the day of procedure, and prepare meals in advance.
Before undergoing a lip lift, it is important to avoid blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements as directed. It is also best to quit smoking for 4-6 weeks before and after the procedure and to avoid drinking alcohol at least 48 hours before the surgery. These can risk excessive bleeding and slower healing.
At the start of the lip lift procedure, anesthesia will be administered to ensure a comfortable surgery. Once the anesthesia takes effect, incisions will be made depending on the type of lip lift chosen during consultation.
A thin strip of skin will be removed from the selected area. The remaining skin will then be pulled and secured with sutures. The newly lifted lips will be bandaged.
The Recovery Process
Since a lip lift is a delicate surgery, it is advised to restrict mouth-related movement and have someone accompany you for the first 24 hours to ensure the stitches are secure.
It will also be difficult to consume food for a time after the surgery. Drink clear liquids immediately following the procedure. After 24 hours, start with eating bland foods and then slowly advance to solid food. If nausea and vomiting is experienced, go back to a clear liquid diet for another day.
Swelling and bruising are normal after a lip lift and should last for 1-2 weeks. The sutures will be removed after 5-7 days, and you should be able to move your mouth.
Avoid lifting heavy objects for 3 weeks. Strenuous activities and exercises can be resumed 4 weeks after the surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation
Interested in a lip lift in New York City? Contact Manhattan Surgical Care to learn more information and schedule a consultation. Dr. Pakeman will be available to assess your lips and perform a healthy and safe lip lift with beautiful results!