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A flat, overly heavy, or aging upper lip can detract from the overall appearance of your mouth, impacting the harmony of your facial features. Fortunately, there is a sophisticated solution: a lip lift. This aesthetic procedure shortens the distance between the nose and the upper lip, creating a more youthful and sensuous smile.

During the treatment, a small section of skin beneath the columella is removed, allowing the upper lip to lift and reveal more of the teeth. Dr. Mourad achieves refined, subtle lip lift results that enhance your natural beauty while reducing cosmetic imperfections.

Discuss your goals and explore lip lift options with Dr. Mourad in NYC.

What Is A Lip Lift?

A lip lift procedure is designed to refresh and restore your smile, providing long-lasting results. This surgical procedure can address a flattened upper lip that conceals the teeth. During the treatment, plastic surgeons will remove a small piece of skin under the nose, reducing the vertical distance above the upper lip. This technique helps to roll the upper lip upwards, creating a more aesthetically pleasing and feminine contour. It can make the lips appear plumper, fuller, and more youthful, aligning with your aesthetic goals. Different types of lip lifts can be tailored to meet your specific needs and desired outcomes.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Lip Lift?

Good candidates for lip lift procedures are those who desire a long lasting result. Lip lift procedures can improve the shape and balance of the upper lip without needing additional volume. Often, patients have previously had lip fillers or implants performed on the upper lip, but the upper lip tends to roll inward without enhancing volume due to the length of the upper lip. This issue is corrected with an upper lip lift. Various types of lip lifts, such as the corner lip lift, can address specific concerns. After the lip lift surgery, added volume can be considered once the lip height has stabilized. Board-certified plastic surgeons utilize different lip lift techniques to achieve a more youthful appearance.

What Is A Surgical Lip Lift?

A surgical lip lift is a cosmetic procedure designed to shorten the distance between the nose and the upper lip, resulting in a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Here is a detailed description of the process, from consultation to recovery.

1. Initial Consultation

The process begins with an initial consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During this appointment, the surgeon will:

  • Assess Your Goals: Discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations to determine if a lip lift is the right procedure for you.
  • Medical Evaluation: Review your medical history, including any previous cosmetic procedures and current medications.
  • Physical Examination: Examine your facial structure, skin elasticity, and lip shape to plan the best approach.
  • Procedure Explanation: Explain the different types of lip lifts (such as the upper lip lift or corner lip lift) and recommend the most suitable one for your needs.
  • Risk Discussion: Discuss potential risks and complications associated with the surgery.

2. Pre-Operative Preparation

Once you decide to proceed, you’ll receive pre-operative instructions, which may include:

  • Medication Adjustments: Guidance on any medications or supplements to avoid before surgery.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Recommendations to stop smoking or drinking alcohol to promote better healing.
  • Logistics Planning: Arranging for someone to drive you home and assist you during the initial recovery period.

3. The Day of Surgery

On the day of the surgery, the following steps are typically followed:

  • Anesthesia Administration: Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia will be administered to ensure comfort during the procedure.
  • Marking the Incision Site: The surgeon will mark the incision area beneath the nose (columella) to outline where the skin will be removed.
  • Incision and Skin Removal: A small, precise incision is made under the nose, and a section of skin is carefully excised.
  • Lifting and Suturing: The upper lip is lifted, and the remaining skin is sutured to create a shorter distance between the nose and the lip, enhancing the lip contour.
  • Completion and Dressing: The surgeon will close the incision with fine sutures and apply a sterile dressing.

4. Post-Operative Care

After the surgery, you’ll be given detailed post-operative care instructions, including:

  • Managing Discomfort: Information on pain management, including prescribed pain medications and cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Hygiene and Care: Guidelines on how to keep the incision site clean and dry to prevent infection.
  • Activity Restrictions: Recommendations to avoid strenuous activities, bending, or lifting for a specified period to ensure proper healing.

5. Recovery and Follow-Up

Recovery time can vary, but most patients experience the following stages:

  • Initial Recovery: Swelling and bruising are common in the first week. You may need to sleep with your head elevated and avoid strenuous activities.
  • Stitches Removal: Stitches are usually removed within 5-7 days after surgery during a follow-up visit.
  • Gradual Improvement: Swelling subsides gradually over a few weeks, revealing the final results.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Regular check-ups with your surgeon to monitor healing and address any concerns.

6. Final Results

The final results of a surgical lip lift become more apparent as swelling decreases. The upper lip appears lifted, revealing more of the teeth and creating a more youthful and attractive appearance. The incisions typically heal well, leaving minimal scarring hidden in the natural creases beneath the nose.


A surgical lip lift is a detailed and precise procedure that requires the expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon. By following a thorough process from consultation to recovery, patients can achieve a significant enhancement in their lip appearance, contributing to a more balanced and youthful facial aesthetic.

If you are interested in knowing more about whether a lip lift surgery is right for you consider requesting an appointment with Dr. Maroud. He offers consultations in NYC for people who desire lip lift surgery.

How Much Does A Lip Lift Cost: Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

Lip Lift Cost Overview

The cost of a lip lift can vary significantly based on factors such as the type of procedure, the surgeon’s expertise, and geographical location. Here’s a detailed look at the costs associated with both surgical and non-surgical lip lift options.

Surgical Lip Lift Cost

Surgical lip lifts are more permanent solutions and typically involve removing a small section of skin beneath the nose to lift the upper lip. The main types of surgical lip lifts include the upper lip lift and the corner lip lift.

  • Upper Lip Lift: This procedure usually ranges from $7,000 to $20,000. The cost can vary based on the complexity of the surgery and the surgeon’s experience.
  • Corner Lip Lift: Typically, this procedure costs between $7,500 and $20,500, depending on similar factors.

These costs generally include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, and facility fees. However, they might not cover additional expenses such as pre-surgical consultations, post-operative care, and any required medication.

Non-Surgical Lip Lift Cost

Non-surgical lip lifts involve the use of lip fillers and/or Botox to enhance the appearance of the lips. While these are not permanent solutions, they offer a less invasive alternative with shorter recovery times.

  • Lip Fillers: A lip lift with fillers is a popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the lips, creating a fuller and more youthful look. Unlike a surgical lip lift, which involves removing skin to shorten the distance between the nose and upper lip, a lip lift with fillers uses injectable dermal fillers to achieve a similar effect. The cost of lip fillers starts at $1000. The total cost can depend on the type and amount of filler used, as well as the practitioner’s expertise.
  • Botox: A lip flip with Botox is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the upper lip. Unlike lip fillers, which add volume, a lip flip uses Botox to relax the muscles around the upper lip, causing the lip to “flip” slightly outward and appear more prominent. The cost of a Botox lip flip can start at $500 per session. The total cost can depend on the type and amount of Botox used, as well as the practitioner’s expertise.

Non-surgical options may require multiple sessions to achieve and maintain the desired results, potentially increasing the overall cost over time.

Factors That Influence Lip Lift Cost

Several factors can influence the cost of both surgical and non-surgical lip lifts:

  • Surgeon’s Expertise: Board-certified plastic surgeons with extensive experience may charge higher fees.
  • Geographical Location: Costs can vary significantly based on the region, with higher prices typically found in metropolitan areas.
  • Procedure Complexity: More complex procedures can increase the cost due to the additional time and expertise required.
  • Facility Fees: High-end facilities may charge more for their services.
  • Follow-Up Care: Post-operative care and follow-up visits can add to the overall cost.

The cost of a lip lift, whether surgical or non-surgical, can vary widely based on numerous factors. Surgical lip lifts generally range from $2,000 to $5,000, while non-surgical options like lip fillers can cost between $500 and $2,000 per session. It’s essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to understand the best options for your specific needs and to get an accurate estimate tailored to your situation. Investing in a qualified and experienced practitioner can ensure better results and potentially reduce the need for corrective procedures in the future.

If you aren’t sure about whether you prefer surgical or non-surgical lip lifts, Dr. Mourad is a double-board certified plastic surgeon who can help you determine which method would be best for you. Book an appointment online or call the number provided.

How Long Does a Lip Lift Last?

The longevity of a lip lift depends on the type of lip lift performed.

1. Surgical Lip Lift

A surgical lip lift, particularly an upper lip lift, is a more permanent solution compared to non-surgical options. This procedure involves removing a small section of skin beneath the nose to lift the upper lip, thereby reducing the distance between the nose and the upper lip.

  • Type of Lip Lift: The upper lip lift is the most common surgical approach.
  • Entire Process: The process includes an initial consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to develop a customized treatment plan, followed by the surgical procedure, and post-operative care.
  • Facial Appearance: The surgery significantly enhances the facial appearance by creating a more youthful and balanced look.
  • Lip Volume: While the focus is on lifting the upper lip, the procedure can also make the lips appear fuller.
  • Longevity: The results of surgical lip lift surgeries are long-lasting, usually permanent. Once the excess skin is removed and the lip is lifted, the results do not revert. However, the natural aging process will continue, and over many years, some changes may occur, but the fundamental improvement remains.

2. Non-Surgical Lip Lift with Fillers

Non-surgical lip lift surgeries use injectable fillers to enhance the lips’ shape and volume. This type of lip lift offers a temporary solution for lip augmentation.

  • Type of Lip Lift: Lip augmentation with injectable fillers is the primary non-surgical method.
  • Entire Process: The process includes a consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals, followed by the injection of fillers, and post-treatment care.
  • Facial Appearance: The procedure enhances facial appearance by making the lips look fuller and more youthful.
  • Lip Volume: Injectable fillers increase lip volume, creating a more pronounced and attractive lip contour.
  • Longevity: The effects of a non-surgical lip lift typically last between 6 to 12 months. Over time, the body gradually absorbs the filler material, and the lips return to their original shape. To maintain the desired look, repeat treatments are necessary.


The duration of a lip lift varies significantly between surgical and non-surgical methods. A surgical lip lift provides permanent results, enhancing the facial appearance by creating a more balanced and youthful look. Non-surgical lip augmentation with injectable fillers offers a temporary enhancement, with effects lasting between 6 to 12 months. Consulting with a facial plastic surgeon will help determine the best type of lip lift for your specific needs and aesthetic goals.

How Long Does It Take To Recover After A Lip Lift?

Recovery from a lip lift depends on the type of lip lift procedure performed. The healing process for a surgical lip lift involves a more extended recovery period. Initially, there is significant swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with oral pain medication. Stitches are typically removed within 5 to 7 days post-surgery, and most swelling decreases within 1 to 2 weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for at least 1 to 2 weeks to ensure proper healing, with complete recovery and final results visible in 3 to 6 months.

Non-surgical lip lifts using injectable fillers have a shorter recovery process. Mild swelling and redness generally resolve within a few hours to days, allowing most patients to return to normal activities almost immediately. Full results become apparent within a few days. Adhering to post-procedure care instructions, maintaining good hygiene, and avoiding smoking and alcohol are essential for proper healing and achieving your cosmetic goals with both types of lip lifts.

 Call or book online to request an appointment with Dr. Mourad in NYC to talk about your personalized lip lift treatment.

Meet Moustafa Mourad, MD, FACS

Dr. Moustafa Mourad, MD, FACS is a distinguished, New York City based Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. He holds dual board certifications in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery (ABFPRS), as well as Head & Neck Surgery (ABOTO).... Learn More »