Lip Lift Surgery
THE LIP LIFT: UNVEILING DENTAL BEAUTY
more than just teeth and gums
What is the "Lip Lift"
The lip lift is a plastic surgery procedure performed to shorten the upper philtrum (the area between the nose and pink part of the lip) to give you a more youthful/beautiful appearance of the lower face and mouth. By shortening the upper lip, our patients show more teeth when the speak and smile, giving them a young and healthy looking smile.
Lip Lift FAQs:
How does the Lip Lift relate to Dentistry?
Lip lifts relate to dentistry in a very important way! The upper lip defines many things in dentistry, including the amount of teeth that show when you smile or speak, your 'F' and 'V' sounds, and how old you appear to others. As we age, our lips lose elasticity and droop which causes the upper lip to lengthen and get thin. Traditional dental treatment planning involves basing the teeth length on the aged lip length.
STANLEY LIP INCISAL PLANNING (SLIP)
Dr. Stanley is the pioneer of SLIP (Stanley Lip Incisal Planning) and the first dentist in the world to incorporate lip lifting into his practice and publish a scientific article on the topic. This is a revolution in dentistry where instead of basing the teeth length on the aged/thinned lip, he works with a team of top plastic surgeons to restore the lip to the youthful/ideal position and then together, the team will restore the teeth to the perfect shape that fits the face. By incorporating this technique into dentistry, Dr. Stanley can give patients not only youthfully restored teeth but also ideal lips, mouths, and faces. This type of treatment follows the "orofacial" approach which is the most cutting edge way of dental treatment planning. Dr. Stanley is a member of the Orofacial Club, a group composed of top doctors from around the world who come together to treat patients involving dentistry, oral surgery, plastic surgery, and esthetics.
What does the Lip Lift procedure entail?
- Increased tooth display at rest and during smiling
- Younger appearance of the mouth and lower face
- Decrease the length between the nose and upper lip
- Increase the definition of cupids bow and philtral columns
- Subtle pout or eversion of the upper lip
- Fix uneven corners of the mouth
What is the recovery time for Lip Lift?
After 7-10 days the bruising and swelling are gone and patients are back at work. In 2-3 weeks you will be presentable. At 3 months you are not thinking about it anymore.
Does the Lip Lift leave a scar?
Traditional bullhorn lip lifts left an unsightly scar but things have changed! With the introduction of the modified lip lift by Dr. Ben Talei, our patients have virtually no scarring after their healing phase. By modifying the traditional technique, we can reduce the tension on the incision and reduce scarring dramatically.
Who are the best candidates for a lip lift?
- Long and thin upper lip
- teeth do not show at rest or during smiling and speaking
- previous lip filler causing "duck lips"
- uneven corners of the mouth
- the feeling that your mouth "looks old"
- old worn front teeth
- smile makeovers with veneers or dental implants