Lip lifts are one of our most popular procedures at Purity Bridge. As we get older, not only do the pink part of our lips thin, but the distance between our nose and lips also elongates. The combined effect is very ageing, and a lip lift simultaneously addresses both problems, leaving a natural, rejuvenated appearance, with a very subtle scar.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic in the clinic, as a "walk-in, walk-out" procedure. As well as elevation of the lip, it also results in an upper lip that has a fuller rejuvenated appearance.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
A lip lift at Purity Bridge involves a local anaesthetic injection to freeze the upper lip, much like that performed at the dentist. A planned special pattern of skin and underlying tissue is removed from the nasal sill and careful stitched up again to elevate the lip. The skin pattern is often described as a bull horn pattern, and some people refer to this as an Italian lip lift.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
A surgical lip lift can really enhance and rejuvenate the upper lip. It can be used instead of lip fillers in certain cases, or in addition to lip fillers. There is a speedy recovery, and stitches are removed around a week later.
It is normal to experience some discomfort after the procedure. Redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the surgical site may also occur. These usually subside after a few days but can last up to two weeks. Your lip will swell for the first 24-hours after the operation, so please bear this in mind when organising social engagements. We would normally recommend postponing social engagements until around 10-days after surgery.
Cool gentle compresses may help to reduce the swelling and bruising
Paracetamol may be taking for the discomfort after treatment
Avoid taking aspirins, or non-steroidal pain-killers (ibuprofen, Nurofen), St Johns Wort or high doses of vitamin E supplements for a week after treatment. These may increase the risk of swelling and bruising.
Avoid exercise and alcohol for a week after surgery
The surgical tapes used to support the wound will be removed a week after surgery at the time of stitch removal.
People who take medication to thin their blood (such as aspirin and warfarin) are at higher risk of bleeding and bruising so should discuss this with their consultant
If you suffer from cold sores, please let us know about this as you may need treatment with an anti-viral medication to reduce the risk of these coming back following surgery - surgery should not be performed if you have an active cold sore.
Any surgical procedure carries the risk of bleeding, infection and consequent scarring. These are low risk in a lip lift, and will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation. Occasionally under- or over-correction may result, which might require further treatment.
Purity Bridge is a trading name of Tunbridge Wells Plastic Surgery Ltd, registered in England & Wales with company registration number 8226611. Tunbridge Wells Plastic Surgery Ltd is registered and regulated by The Care Quality Commission.