Mr Olivier Amar says: “My patients sometimes say that when they apply their lipstick, they notice their upper lip no longer looks as full or defined. They be unhappy with the overall appearance of their lower face as a result. A lip lift is a comparatively small procedure but can make a big difference to your appearance. This means it is important to ensure the result suits your face and enhances your individual beauty.”
WHAT IS A LIP LIFT?
A lip lift is a popular procedure designed to create a fuller, more attractive and youthful-looking upper lip and mouth area.
Female upper lips are generally closer to the base of the nose and fuller than in men. For some women, the face can be considered appealing when the front teeth are just visible when the lips are slightly open. This is what gives the Georgia May Jagger look.
A surgical lip lift works by shortening the space between the upper lip and the base of the nose, the area known as the philtrum. Reducing this space raises the lip position, increases the visible area of the upper lip for a plumper look and also defines the cupid’s bow, to enhance the curves of the lip.
WHY CONSIDER A LIP LIFT?
Lip surgery provides a permanent solution for women troubled by a thin upper lip or long space between the upper lip and the base of the nose.
There are several reasons why you may want a lip lift.
- Some people are born with a long philtrum which can make the lower part of the face appear disproportionate. They may also have a naturally long and flat upper lip.
- Ageing may cause the philtrum to become longer and flatter. As a result, the upper lip may appear to descend and look thinner than before. Your upper teeth may no longer be visible when you part your lips. You might also see a less crisp outline to the lip border and the cupid’s bow.
- You may want a longer lasting alternative to lip filler injections or no longer feel they give you the natural result and plumper upper lip you desire.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
For your safety, Mr Olivier Amar personally examines every patient and takes a medical history before considering the correct course of treatment. To achieve a lip lift, a sliver of skin and tissue is removed at the base of the nose. The curved shape is called a ‘bullhorn incision’. The skin below is then raised and stitched into place, raising the lip to the new position. Stitches are discreetly placed along the base of the nose and the curve of nostrils, so natural creases and shadows disguise the scar. Mr Olivier Amar takes meticulous care to ensure minimal scarring. He is dedicated to the management, prevention and improvement of scars.
It is important not to overdo treatment as just a few millimetres can make a noticeable difference to the look of the entire face. It is essential for a natural look that this procedure is carried out by an experienced surgeon with a subtle, delicate and artistic approach. A surgical lip lift is performed under local anaesthesia and takes less than an hour, after which you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.
WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE?
(NON-SURGICAL LIP LIFT)
For those patients who do not wish to have surgery, or who would like to ensure total, scar-free discretion with minimal downtime, Mr Olivier Amar also offers a non-surgical lip lift.
Using a blunt-ended cannula for comfort and safety, he places a few drops of dermal filler in the philtrum and the lip border. This subtly lifts the upper lip while contouring and defining the lip’s curves. Small amounts of filler can also lift downturned corners of the mouth for a corner lip lift. Filler placed directly into the body of the upper lip restores fullness.
Before treatment, Mr Olivier Amar can numb the area using a strong cream or local anaesthetic if needed. The use of a filler containing a local anaesthetic will ensure your comfort during treatment of this delicate area. Results are almost instant. There may be a little bruising or swelling afterwards.
You may also wish to consider fat transfer. This treatment works in a similar way to the standard non-surgical lip lift but uses your own fat as a completely natural, potentially longer-lasting alternative to dermal fillers. You can discuss all your options with Mr Olivier Amar at your consultation.
Mr Olivier Amar says: “When performing any lip lift, it is important to respect the movement of your lips, so they do not just look good in repose, but appear natural from all angles and when you speak and smile.