Lip Lift

In Washington D.C. &. Baltimore

A Lip Lift is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of your lips by shortening the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the remaining tissue is repositioned to lift and reshape the upper region of the mouth.

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What is a Lip Lift?

A Lip Lift is a sophisticated cosmetic surgical procedure designed to enhance the aesthetics of the upper lip and rejuvenate the overall appearance of the face. Over time, factors such as aging, genetics, and sun exposure can lead to a lengthening of the upper lip, causing it to appear less voluminous and youthful. The Lip Lift procedure involves precisely removing a small amount of skin from the area between the base of the nose and upper lip, resulting in a subtle elevation of the lip. This elevation not only restores a more youthful contour but also exposes a larger portion of the link vermilion (the red part of the lips), creating a fuller and more appealing appearance. Lip Lift procedures are tailored to the individual’s unique facial features, ensuring natural-looking results that beautifully complement the entire face.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?

The best candidates for a Lip Lift procedure are individuals who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their lips and desire to achieve a more balanced and pleasing lip contour. Ideal candidates may have one or more of the following concerns:

  • Thin or flat lips
  • Long upper lip
  • Lack of lip definition
  • Have received Lip Fillers, but are unhappy with the results

We encourage our patients to have a positive attitude during every step of their treatment, especially during recovery, and maintain realistic expectations for their final results.

How Much Does a Lip Lift Cost in Washington DC & Baltimore?

The cost of a Lip Lift in Washington DC & Baltimore will vary depending on the patient’s needs and the techniques Dr. Landford uses, along with some additional factors. The best way to understand the costs is to book your consultation with Dr. Landford. After she writes up the plan for your Lip Lift, our Patient Coordinator can supply a breakdown of the pricing involved.

What Should I Expect During a Consultation for a Lip Lift?

When you come into your nearest Landford Plastic Surgery location for a Lip Lift consultation, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns for your lips and have Dr. Landford answer any questions for you about the surgery. She will then evaluate the shape, size, and proportions of your lips to assess if a Lip Lift is the best solution for you. This evaluation will also include a discussion about your medical history to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the procedure and prevent any unnecessary risks.

Once you and Dr. Landford have discussed and agreed upon every aspect of your surgery, she will create your custom procedure plan. Before you leave, our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule the day and time of your Lip Lift procedure and provide you with some instructions to follow.

How Do I Prepare for a Lip Lift?

Although Dr. Landford will prepare you for your procedure before the operation date, we have included some tips on how to prepare for your lip lift:

  • Avoid alcohol a week before and after surgery
  • Fast (don’t eat or drink anything) starting the night before surgery
  • Stop smoking 6 weeks before surgery
  • Follow any additional instructions you receive

What are the Benefits of a Lip Lift?

Lip Lift Surgery in Washington D.C. and Baltimore offers several benefits for individuals looking to enhance their lip appearance, such as:

  • Enhanced shape
  • Increased volume
  • Improved symmetry
  • Youthful rejuvenation
  • Permanent results

What are the Steps of a Lip Lift?

While your Lip Lift procedure will vary slightly depending on what technique(s) you and Dr. Landford decide on, you’re overall experience will be relatively similar.

You will arrive at our surgical center and meet with Dr. Landford. She will make some temporary marks on your lips where she intends on making the incision lines. You will then be given either a local anesthetic or general anesthesia (depending on your consultation) to numb the area around your mouth and minimize any pain or discomfort.

At the time of the procedure, Dr. Landford will carefully make discreet incisions along the natural creases of your nose to help reduce the appearance of scarring. She will remove any excess skin and reposition the remaining tissue to elevate your upper lip. Once she is finished, the incisions will be closed and bandages will be applied for added protection.

The entire Lip Lift procedure typically takes about 1 to 2 hours, depending on the case and any additional procedures being performed.

Surgical Techniques for a Lip Lift

Depending on the patient’s individual needs, Dr. Landford can use a variety of techniques to help her Washington DC & Baltimore Lip Lift patients achieve the lips they desire, which can be performed on their own, or as a combination.

Bullhorn Lip Lift

Sometimes called a Subnasal Lip Lift, this technique can make your lips look fuller without the use of filler. Dr. Landford will shorten the space of the philtrum, which is the area between your lips and your nose. It’s called a Bullhorn Lift because it does leave a subtle scar along the nostrils that runs in a continuous line from one nostril to the other, similar to the shape of a bull’s horns.

Central Lip Lift

Very similar to a bullhorn lift, a Central Lip Lift shortens the space between the nose and the lips with an incision at the lower nose.

Corner Lip Lift

A Corner Lip Lift is done by making two small incisions at both corners of the mouth and removing a small amount of skin. It’s a great option for people who feel they have downturned lips and is often combined with another lip lift to create fuller lips.

This technique is also called a “Grin Lift” because it gives the face a more smiley appearance.

Direct Lip Lift

A Direct Lip Lift, also called a Gullwing Lip Lift, creates a more defined lip border. Dr. Landford will remove a thin strip of skin just above the upper lip, and then pull the remaining skin upwards to create the illusion of a more pronounced vermillion (the pink part of the lips).

This procedure typically leaves behind a scar on the upper lip area.

Where are the Incisions and Scars for Lip Lift?

Most Lip Lifts require an incision to be made directly under the nose. While Dr. Landford does her absolute best to be discreet with the incisions, scarring is inevitable with any surgery. These scars will fade over time but can be potentially visible.


Lip Lift Recovery

After your Lip Lift in Washington DC or Baltimore, you will be monitored in our recovery room until you awaken from sedation. Once Dr. Landford believes you are good to go, you will be released from our care and will be able to have a friend or relative take you home.

As you recover, it is important to give your body time to heal. There will be some swelling and bruising around your lips but should subside over the next few days. We encourage our patients to avoid any strenuous activities for the first few weeks and follow the specific guidelines for eating, drinking, and talking that we give you.

Why Choose Us?

Wilmina Landford, M.D. is a Johns-Hopkins trained Plastic Surgeon with two practices conveniently located in Washington DC and Baltimore. Dr. Landford understands the delicate balance between artistry and technique, ensuring that your results will enhance your unique facial features while maintaining harmony with the rest of your face. By choosing, Dr. Wilmina Landford, you’re choosing a partner in your journey towards renewed confidence and timeless beauty.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are looking for a long-lasting improvement in your lip’s appearance, we recommend calling your nearest Landford Plastic Surgery location in either Washington D.C., or Baltimore and scheduling your consultation. You may also request an appointment through our website by filling out our online form. By taking the first step of scheduling a consultation, you will be well on your way to achieving your desired lips.

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