The lips are one of the primary features of a facial area known as the perioral region, which also includes the chin and nasolabial folds. They play a crucial role in the appearance of the face. Unfortunately, changes to the perioral region that occur due to aging can cause the lips to appear thinner, with a flatter profile and less curvature. The youthful diamond shape that our lips have in our youth becomes more horizontal, giving us a more aged look.
Fortunately, there are treatments to counter these effects. A lip enhancement can correct an upper lip that is too long and enhance the pink portion of the lip, for a fuller appearance. The procedure also lifts the lip’s position with regard to the teeth, creating a broader smile. The result is a more aesthetically pleasing, youthful appearance throughout the perioral area.
Lip lift is performed by making an incision along the curvature of the base of the nose. A strip of skin is removed and the lip is lifted. Then, the incision is closed. Lip lift is often performed in conjunction with a facelift, necklift or both.
New York City, Facial Plastic Surgeon, Sam Rizk, MD, provides lip lifts to a broad spectrum of patients, including lip lifts for different ethnic backgrounds.
Types of Lip Lift Dr. Rizk Performs
There are several types of lip lifts, including gull-wing lip lift, bull-horn lip lift, corner lip lift and Italian lip lift. The main thing that distinguishes the types of lip lifts is the placement of incisions. The type of lip lift you have will depend on your specific needs and anatomy.
Gull-wing lip lift. This type of lip lift involves a “gull-wing” (M-shaped) incision along the vermilion (border) of the upper lips. It is performed to extend the border of the lip. The gull-wing lip lift can leave a visible scar; as a result, for many patients and surgeons it is not the lip lift of choice.
Bull-horn lip lift. As with the gull-wing lip lift, the name of the bull-horn lip lift comes from the shape of the incision. During this type of lip lift, the incision is placed at the base of the nose. The bull-horn lip lift is performed to shorten the distance between the upper lip and the nose.
Corner lip lift. This lip lift procedure involves an incision at the oral commissures (corner) of the upper lip. It is performed to correct a drooping outer corner of the mouth, which can result in a “sad” appearance.
Italian lip lift. The Italian lip lift is similar to the bullhorn lip lift except that it involves two incisions at the base of each nostril instead of one long one.
Are You a Candidate for Lip Lift with Dr. Rizk?
If any of the following applies to you, you may be a good candidate for lip lift with Dr. Rizk:
- Your lips have become flat and thin with age
- You have noticed an increase in the length of your nasolabial folds over time
- You feel your aging lips are making you look sad or angry
- Your lips are hiding your teeth
- Your lips appear unbalanced
- Your upper lip appears too long
- You are simply dissatisfied with the appearance of your lips
In some cases, you may be able to achieve your aesthetic goals through a less-invasive procedure involving injectable fillers. However, if you would like to achieve a more permanent result, lip lift is likely your best bet.
Why Should You Choose Dr. Rizk for Lip Lift?
Dr. Rizk is a renowned facial plastic surgeon who has been featured on numerous top doctor lists. Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, he is an expert in facial plastic surgery, including all forms of lip lift.
Dr. Rizk gained his expertise through many years of training. This includes extensive experience and training in cosmetic and reconstructive techniques at New York City’s top hospitals, including New York Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospitals. He has lectured and written extensively on facial plastic surgery topics.
Dr. Rizk completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He also completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital and New York Hospital, as well as an American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery accredited fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Rizk is a diplomate of numerous medical boards, including the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Faculty of American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. He is an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
Written by Dr. Sam Rizk