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Who doesn't like more youthful and beautiful lips?

One of the procedures that I have been most excited about lately is the lip lift. The lip lift is a procedure that addresses the overall lengthening of the upper lip which can happen either as a result of aging in some cases

genetics. This results in an upper lip that shows more white lip than red lip. Also the teeth begin to become more covered by the upper lips. This results in less upper teeth show.

Client testimonial video about lip lift procedure

The results are incredible. A relatively simple procedure like this can have a major impact in the youthful look of the face as well as its beauty.

People have mentioned over the years how they notice their upper lip getting longer with time, however, not until recently when the surgical techniques to correct this have evolved to a point where the lip can be shortened and essentially no visible scar is left behind. This was the tipping point for me.

The procedure can performed under local anesthesia in the clinic or with IV sedation in the operating room. Recovery takes one to two weeks for the stitches and redness to subside as well as most of the swelling. Results are permanent.

Most clients take a week off and then are ready to return to their normally scheduled activities. All swelling should subside within six weeks, but you will be able to start enjoying your results within a few days of your procedure.

Who is a good candidate for a lip lift?

  • Those who want to add volume to the lips
  • Over the age of 50
  • Experiencing lip thinning and an extended upper lip
  • Has had facelifts, but has not yet addressed the upper lip
  • Is in good health, both mentally and physically
  • Have no significant medical issues
  • Is a non-smoker, or is willing to quit before surgery

Understanding the Procedure

The goal of the lip lift is to rejuvenate and refresh your facial appearance, restoring a fresh, vital look, rather than altering it.

Our lip lift is performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation at our San Diego outpatient facility. With this technique, patients are comfortable and moderately sedated. Most patients choose this method to avoid any of the risks associated with general anesthesia.

At Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery in San Diego, our medical center comes with all the same advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment as any local hospital but offers greater convenience, privacy, and personalized attention. Every patient is a top priority with us. Our caring, experienced team is devoted to your surgical success.

What to Expect During Recovery

Experiencing swelling, bruising, redness and tenderness is normal. Pain is tolerable, but for any discomfort, Dr. Karam will prescribe medication. A cold compress may be applied to the area to help with the initial swelling. We recommend you sleep with your head slightly elevated and you get plenty of rest to aid in your recovery.

Patients can expect one to two weeks for the stitches and redness to subside as well as most of the swelling. After approximately two weeks, you will be able to resume all of your normal activities.

The results are fuller, more youthful lips and a more appealing and attractive smile.


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Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.

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