Lip Enhancement Beverly Hills

Procedures to enhance lips improve the appearance of the red lip as well as the skin of the upper lip (area between red lip and the nose). Lip augmentation can be done with fillers to increase the size of the lips and give them a natural healthy look.

Some patients have a long upper lip (large distance between nose and upper red lip) and benefit from lifting of the upper lip, which provides a pleasing feminine look.

Lip reduction is performed for patients who would like less lip show, usually the lower lip. It can be done under local anesthetic or sedation. The line of the incision is generally invisible after it heals and complications are rare.

Lip Lift/Liplift

The lips are closely associated with femininity and sensuality. Attractive youthful lips are generally imagined to be full but not oversized with a certain amount of tooth show when the mouth is slightly open. This last feature is key to having an attractive upper lip and mouth area. The lip lift procedure is designed to shorten the skin of the upper lip in order to achieve that perfect amount of tooth show. It also ‘lifts’ the upper lip slightly to give more red lip show for patients with thinner lips.

The incision for lip lift is placed in the shadow right under the nose, tucked in a hidden groove. After the incision is made, careful measurements are determined to ensure the right amount of skin is removed and the lips are symmetric. The incision is then closed with several sutures. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia but sedation is also an option. The sutures are removed at 7-10 days. The incision is well hidden and when it heals, is very difficult to see

Liplift is an effective feminizing tool and when done on the appropriate candidates can give beautiful results. Please call us at 310-285-0929 or email us at info@drjumaily.com to schedule a consultation.

Lip Lift FAQ’s

  • Should a lip lift be done at the same time as rhinoplasty?

    We do rhinoplasty and lip lift together all the time. It does not have to be done together but most patients prefer it that way to save recovery time and also operating room costs.
  • Is there a way to perform small lip lift without cutting near the nose?

    The short answer is probably not. If you find the incision under the nose too bothersome (because you worry that it changes the nose) then you should probably pass on this procedure. Making an incision in mid lip is not a good idea. The subnasal incision is the most hidden and often unnoticeable when it heals.
  • Who does a modified lip lift?

    There are more than one surgeon in Beverly Hills that can do a lip lift. It is best to visit a facial plastic surgeon with experience in this procedure. Whether you are a candidate for lip lift is determined at the time of consultation.
  • What to do if I have adequate tooth show but a long philtrum?

    If You already have a nice smile and the right amount of tooth show then, I do not recommend a lip lift. Filing your teeth down is not a good idea as it can lead to other dental issues. In these cases, a consultation is important to determine if you are a candidate.
  • Not enough tooth show when smiling, is a lip lift my only option?

    If there is no tooth show and the upper lip is long then a lip lift is a good idea. Everyone’s anatomy is a little different so photos or in person consult is recommended. Getting veneers to lengthen the teeth is option if the upper lip is short.
  • What changes do you observe in the nostrils after a lip lift?

    We have done many many lip lifts and if done well, there should not be any noticeable change to the nose. You can have alar base reduction at the same time if you wish to narrow your nostrils.
  • If considering a lip lift and revision rhinoplasty, does it matter what order you do it in?

    It does not matter which one you do first. Ideally you can do it at the same time to save yourself the trouble of recovering twice. If you do the rhinoplasty first, wait 2-3 months or until the swelling comes down in columella/upper lip. Sometimes swelling goes down quickly and you don’t have to wait that long.
  • Would a lip lift be the obvious thing to do for long philtrum?

    The absolute length of the lip is not only factor to consider. It depends on your face shape/length and how much tooth show you have. Photograph or in person consultation is helpful to give you that information
  • I had a lip lift one year ago and my nose was left distorted with enlarged nostrils. Can this be fixed?

    A photo or in person examination can be very helpful in determining the cause and to make a plan to fix it. Often these issues can be improved with a minor procedure.
  • I want to correct the distance between my nose and lips, am I a good candidate for a Lip Lift?

    A well done lip lift should be subtle and natural appearing. We measure it accurately and do it delicately to leave almost no scars and looks very natural. A consultation is the best way to determine if you are a candidate.
  • Do I need a lip lift and/or augmentation?

    Lip lift will help you have more upper tooth show at rest which is youthful and feminine. Augmentation may or may not be needed afterwards but often they are not needed but ultimately depends on your and your surgeons preferences and mutual decision.
  • Is There a Way to Shorten the Area Between the Nose Base and Upper Lip?

    The best way to shorten the distance between the base of the nose and the red upper lip is a lip lift. The incision for lip lift is placed in the shadow right under the nose, tucked in a hidden groove. After the incision is made, careful measurements are determined to ensure the right amount of skin is removed and the lips are symmetric. The incision is then closed with several sutures. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia but sedation is also an option. The sutures are removed at 7-10 days. The incision is well hidden and when it heals, is very difficult to see.
  • Will a Lip Lift Help to Show Upper Teeth when I Smile?

    Yes, that is the purpose of the procedure. It is intended to increase tooth show when at rest. When smiling there is more muscle involvement but more tooth show is expected as well but it more difficult to predict. Consultation is key to make the best decisions.
  • Best Lip Lift Procedure to Reduce Area from Nose to Lip?

    The lip lift procedure is done with incision under the nose that allows the shortening of upper lip skin. This is really the only ‘type’ of lip lift and some surgeon have ‘modified’ procedures but that is generally just marketing of the same lip lift procedure.

    The Italian lip lift is known to use incisions inside the nose to hide them better but it is limited in that it cannot lift the central lip and sometimes distorts the nostrils
    The direct lip lift is done with an incision at the vermilion border (junction of red and white lip). The limitation is that it distorts that very sensitive border anatomy and therefore the scar may be visible.

  • Lip Lift to Make Upper Lip Go Up and Teeth Are Showing?

    You are absolutely right, having the upper teeth show when the mouth is slightly open is sexy and expresses youthfulness. Most model shots are exactly in that position. If this feature is missing, an upper lip lift can shorten the lip to show the right amount of teeth. Veneers are possible but often not enough to make the same difference that lip lift can. A good exam during the consultation is key to ensure you are a good candidate for this.
  • What is the Recovery Time for Lip Lift?

    Most people can go back to work after 7 days. I have patients that go back to work the next day because their job is not close face to face with customers. After the procedure there will be swelling of the upper lip and occasionally bruising. There are small fine sutures along the incision. After 1 week or so, the sutures are removed. The incision is initially a little red but its location makes it hard to notice. Makeup can help if it’s a little too visible for your liking. Then it gets better week by week.
  • Do Lip Lifts Look Natural?

    The short answer is yes. If the incisions are placed in the right location, the amount of skin removed is appropriate, the closure is done meticulously, and the patient is a good candidate. The absolute length of the upper lip skin does not matter. what matters is the proportion of this to the face and important, the degree of upper tooth show. It can look unnatural if done on the wrong person or done too aggressively.
  • Can a Lip Lift Be Performed with Rhinoplasty?

    The incisions for a rhinoplasty and lip lift are not the same incision, they are close but not in the same location. We do many simultaneous lip lift and rhinoplasty and it is actually preferred to do them at the same time as the patient can combine the recovery and save in the operating room costs. The combined procedure does not compromise the nose or lip results and it’s equally safe.


Lip implants

Lip augmentation can be accomplished with several techniques. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular. The downside of the fillers is the need for continuous replenishment of the fillers to maintain the look. The longer lasting alternative to this is fat grafting, dermal fat grafts and synthetic permanent implants.

Fillers are popular because they are use, and do not require downtime or harvesting of tissue. Also they are generally safe and are rarely associated with infections, reactions. Lumpiness is possible if not done carefully but fillers can be easily reversed (dissolved) by adding hyalurodinase which is one of the major advantages of fillers.

For patients who do not like to keep doing fillers there are other options. Fat grafting is done like any other fat grafting procedure in the face. Fat is harvested from abdomen or thighs and then placed in the lips. The advantages of fat grafting are long lasting result, using patient’s own fat, soft material, and long lasting. The downsides are occasional lumpiness which can be treated in most cases. The recovery is longer than fillers as there is more swelling and bruising with fat grafting.

Another option is dermal fat graft. Fat and dermis is harvest from the skin either for this purpose alone or in many cases we take skin excised from the forehead or facelift surgery and use it in the lips. The skin is removed and the dermis (layer under the skin) and fat are shaped and placed carefully in the lip through small hidden incisions at the corners of the mouth.

If patient’s own tissue is not taken, a synthetic implant can be used. There are a variety of implants and shapes. The most popular are the silicon implants. They come in various sizes and they are chosen based on patient’s goals and surgeon judgement. The implants are placed through small incisions on the sides of the lip and ‘slid’ in place. Disadvantages of lip implants are edema and bruising so recovery is a little longer than fillers. Also it is synthetic so it has a higher risk of infection or reactions but these risks are still very low.

Lip implants FAQ’s

  • What is PermaLip Lip Augmentation?

    Permalip(TM) is a silicone based soft implant that is used to lip augmentation. Some patients do not wish to use fillers and silicone implants are a good option for these patients. The implants is placed in the lip via small incisions at each end of the lip. A tunnel is made with a special instrument and the implant is ‘slid’ into place. Advantages of silicon implants is long lasting results, and potentially cost savings. Disadvantages include longer recovery than filler, somewhat stiffer feeling initially, higher risk of infection, less customizable than fillers.
  • How Can I Get Permanent Plumped Lips?

    For patients who do not like to keep doing fillers there are other options. Fat grafting is done like any other fat grafting procedure in the face. Fat is harvested from abdomen or thighs and then placed in the lips. The advantages of fat grafting are long lasting result, using patient’s own fat, soft material, and long lasting. The downsides are occasional lumpiness which can be treated in most cases. The recovery is longer than fillers as there is more swelling and bruising with fat grafting.

    Another option is dermal fat graft. Fat and dermis is harvest from the skin either for this purpose alone or in many cases we take skin excised from the forehead or facelift surgery and use it in the lips. The skin is removed and the dermis (layer under the skin) and fat are shaped and placed carefully in the lip through small hidden incisions at the corners of the mouth.

    If patient’s own tissue is not taken, a synthetic implant can be used. There are a variety of implants and shapes. The most popular are the silicon implants. They come in various sizes and they are chosen based on patient’s goals and surgeon judgement. The implants are placed through small incisions on the sides of the lip and ‘slid’ in place. Disadvantages of lip implants are edema and bruising so recovery is a little longer than fillers. Also it is synthetic so it has a higher risk of infection or reactions but these risks are still very low.

  • Safe Permanent Lip Filler on the Market Today?

    Unfortunately there are no good and safe PERMANENT fillers available. All permanent fillers have problems which is why Dr. Jumaily does not endorse them. Fat grafting, dermal grafts and silicone implants are the available permanent lip augmentation tools available.
  • Bad Permalip Result – How to Fix Lip Implant Gone Wrong?

    The permalip implant positioning is critical for symmetry. If it’s off center it can look asymmetric. If this is the problem it can be corrected with a minor procedure to adjust the position. This is one of the downsides of these implants.
  • Verafil Vs. Permalip – Which Lip Implant is Better?

    The reason fillers are more popular than implants is because fillers (when done beautifully) are more natural appearing and natural feeling. The implants are favored due to the longevity and cost savings/convenience but they are slightly less ‘natural feeling’ than fillers.
  • What to do if I don’t like the Permalip Implant?

    It depends on what you don’t like about it. If you feel it’s not the optimal size, then it can be changed to another size implant. If you feel that you don’t like the feel or general shape of the implant then removal may be the best option. You have to let the swelling resolve before you make the decision as swelling can obscure the true result.

If you have any questions and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jumaily, please call 310-285-0929 or email info@drjumaily.com and we would be happy to help you.

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