A lip lift is a blessing for people who are unhappy with the length of their upper lip area and want to improve their smile.
History is filled with the obsession over full, luscious lips from paintings in art galleries where you see ancient artifacts, medieval paintings and Greek goddesses to today's pop stars on the red carpet, all with plump and kissable lips. A Rancho Mirage upper lip lift can change how you start your day with a real smile and renewed enthusiasm.
A lip lift, also known as an upper lip lift, is a surgical and non-surgical procedure that corrects and reshapes the cosmetic appearance of your lips by boosting the prominence of the vermilion border and enhancing the look of your lips. A lip lift shortens the space between the top of your lips and the bottom of your nose through a bullhorn-shaped strip of skin below the nostrils.
A Rancho Mirage upper lip lift usually takes about an hour and can be done in an outpatient setting. Local anesthesia is provided to numb the area for comfort. The surgeon makes an incision to remove a strip of skin under your nose and shortens the space between your nostrils and the top of your lip.
Another incision along the lip roll or under the nose (the more popular approach is referred to as a bullhorn upper lip lift) is made to remove excess skin and shorten its vertical length. After the excess skin has been taken out, the incision is closed with sutures placed underneath the skin. You can expect your sutures to be removed by your surgeon a week after your procedure.
The goal of a Bullhorn lip lift in the Palm Desert area is to decrease the distance between your upper lips and your nose to make your lips appear fuller and your smile more attractive by exposing your upper teeth. The cupid’s bow of your lip can be reshaped to be curvier. A specific geometric pattern is made often reflecting four surgical categories: direct lip lift (DLL), indirect lip lift (ILL), corner of the mouth lift (CML) and the V-Y lip advancement (VYLA).
There are also non-surgical lip lift options more commonly referred to as a lip augmentation that uses injectables and collagen induction treatments to give you the best non-surgical lip enhancement that fit your particular needs.
Thin lips can be enhanced with injectable fillers, such as Botox, Juvederm, Volbella, and Restylane, and fat injections or fat grafting. Fillers can make your lips look fuller for several months with little to no risk while silicone or saline lip implants and fat injections are longer-lasting options.
What makes a good candidate for a Bullhorn lift lip? Being in good physical health, not smoking and having realistic expectations. Anyone with a thin upper lip (the pink part of the lip), an elongated upper lip (top of the pink portion to the bottom of the nose) or has minimal teeth showing when smiling are all great candidates to make a decision that will change their lives forever.
There are plenty of benefits to getting an upper lip lift in Rancho Mirage by our renowned plastic surgeons. Some of those benefits include:
The results from an upper lip lift are permanent and long lasting. There is a small chance for a relapse but most of the results are permanent.
Lip lifts are generally considered to be safe and have been performed successfully by a lip lift surgeon for a long time. It is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed with local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
The most common side effects from lip lifts include swelling, bruising, lip distortions, numbness and soreness near the incision that usually goes away a few days after your procedure. Don't hesitate to call your doctor if any swelling lasts longer than a week or two or if you notice a change in sensation near your scar.
Your scar will be minimal and the red incision disappears fairly quickly. The incision is usually placed at the base of your nose so there should not be much of a scar after awhile. The scar is discreet and will go unnoticed by other people. Even if you feel self-conscious, the scar will not be noticeable.
A couple of weeks prior to your upper lip lift in Rancho Mirage, you will need to stop smoking and drinking alcohol as it increases the possibility of bruising and swelling. So does any herbal medications, supplements, and aspirins. It is a good idea to get someone to drive you home on the day of your Palm Desert lip lift surgery.
Your lips will look fuller immediately following your upper lip lift but you won’t see the full effect of the treatment until all the swelling and scarring has settled down between three to six months. You may feel some numbness and some discomfort for a few weeks but it should not stop you from continuing with your normal activities.
Here are other tips to help you in your recovery:
As with most Rancho Mirage surgical procedures, costs vary based on the treatment chosen and each individual requirements. You have unique physical attributes that will be customized by your surgeon. Make sure you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Palm Desert who understands what you are looking to get done.
You may also consider CareCredit, a healthcare financing affordable program that can be used exclusively for healthcare-related expenses. Since few cosmetic surgery procedures are covered by insurance and interest rates on credit cards are high, CareCredit is an alternative line of credit that offers no interest if you pay the full payments.
Find the best upper lip lift surgeon in Rancho Mirage who is board-certified in plastic surgery and who will understand your specific needs and your desires to do the changes that you want.
Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra are renowned Palm Desert lip lift surgeons with high-level education and years of experience to take care of you and your desire for a lifestyle change.
Dr. Ordon is currently an associate professor of surgery at Keck/USC School of Medicine and assistant professor of plastic surgery at Dartmouth School of Medicine and The University of Connecticut. Dr. Ordon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Double Boarded Society of Plastic Surgeons and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Ordon is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
After graduating with an Engineering degree, Dr. Chopra received a Master in Medical Sciences followed by his Medical Degree from the prestigious Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Chopra received many accolades during his Medical School career, including the Alpha Omega Alpha award given to the top 10% of medical students followed by the award for top surgical student in 1999.
Dr. Chopra returned home to Los Angeles to complete a six-year general surgery residency at the world famous Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills where he excelled and was named Chief Administrative Resident for the 2005-2006 academic year followed by being named the most outstanding resident of 2006. Dr. Chopra continued his expertise in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York where a plastic surgery fellowship provided him with extensive experience in complex aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the entire body.
“This procedure works to give you youthful, full, natural lips. This is the gold standard for Bridgett Bardot lips.” Dr. Ordon
During your upper lip lift consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history and ask questions about your current and past surgeries and medical conditions. Let your surgeon know all of the medications you are currently taking and whether you are allergic to any particular medications. In your examination, your surgeon will examine and measure your face with your mouth open and closed to see you smile. It's not a bad idea to bring photos of someone whose smile and lips you admire.
You will have an opportunity to ask questions about what is involved with an Ordon and Chopra lip lift. You will get an opportunity to discuss why you want an upper lip lift and what your expectations are for your new look. Your surgeon will listen to your concerns and make a recommendation on the optimal lip treatment for you. We can show you before and after photos and see how our doctors have successfully performed some of the best lip lifts Rancho Mirage has to offer. Your treatment will be based on your facial anatomy and personal aesthetic preferences to provide you with the best lip rejuvenation treatment that will give you renewed self-confidence and a brand new smile.
“Dr. Chopra is not only very charismatic, knowledgeable, and experienced, his bedside manner made the difference in my decision to have my augmentation done by him. I will never use any other Doctor as I am a dedicated patient!”
“I had the most amazing experience with Dr. Chopra. He anticipated my needs and made sure I felt great with my results. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wonderful plastic surgeon who really goes above and beyond!”
“Dr Chopra is the best Dr. out there! Dr Chopra is a Perfectionist, his bedside manner is warm, kind and very caring. If you are seeking a doctor to perform reconstruction revision or cosmetic surgery, You need to look no further.”
“Since then Dr. Chopra has done my implants and 2 fat transfer procedures. It has been 1 year and 9 months since my breast cancer diagnosis and in that time your surgical team becomes like family.”