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Upper Lip Lift

“Lip Lift” is also called upper lip shortening. The distance between the upper lip of the nose and the base of the columella is evaluated. In case this area is long, this surgical method can be applied in order to shorten this distance at the appropriate rate.


   Although it may vary according to facial proportions, the ideal length of the distance between the base of the columella and the upper lip is between 12-15 mm.


With the aging process, sagging occurs in the upper lip like other parts of our face. Therefore, the need for upper lip lift surgery is mostly seen in advanced ages. However, the upper lip may also be structurally long.

Furthermore, it is stated as an ideal smile aesthetics that the teeth appear at a certain rate with the movement of the upper lip during laughter.

With upper lip lift surgery, the inadequate appearance of the teeth during laughter can also be corrected.

It can also be applied on asymmetrical lips. Although the asymmetric appearance can be corrected to a great extent, it will be appropriate to carefully evaluate the patient's asymmetry before the procedure and talk to your doctor about the effectiveness of the surgery.


It can be performed together with other facial surgeries performed under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia.


In upper lip lift surgery, the skin and subcutaneous tissues planned for removal are excised after the incision made at the base of the nose and upper lip. Afterwards, the surgery is finalized by performing procedures related to muscle tissue in the deep plan and the incision is closed.


During the first 2 days of the healing process, a slight mild swelling may occur on the lip and the base of the nose. Cold compresses can be applied on the upper lip. After 1 week, edema decreases and stitches are usually removed on the 7th day. The healing of the incision scar accelerates within a few weeks and the healing continues for about a year, after which the scars become indistinct.


Normally, there is no opening in the stitches, but the opening of the stitches after surgery may occur very rarely due to infection or traumatic strain.

In addition, except for the first one or two days, there is no change in your lip movements or restriction in use.

In addition, some pulling and stretching sensation may occur in the base of the nose and the wings of the nose after the procedure. However, this discomfort is completely temporary. This condition, which is especially evident in the first week, decreases and disappears within weeks.


Upper lip lift surgery is also permanent. However, especially those who have lip shortening surgery at a young age may need it again in the future of their lives.

Rarely, lip lift surgery may be considered again due to inadequate surgical procedure. However, it is important to wait at least 3 months to make the right decision.

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