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Lip Lift Surgery in Santa Barbara – Lift of the Upper Lip

Besides the eyes, the lips are the most noticeable part of the face. In fact, the lips play an important role in the overall facial appearance. However, due to reasons like aging and smoking, the lips can start to appear thinner along with less curvature and a generally flatter profile. The young looking diamond shaped lips now become horizontal and portray an aged appearance.  A lip lift can be procedure of choice in order to restore the balance to the face and smile.  Luckily, there are some surgical treatments that you can consider to counteract those effects.  Getting a lift of the upper lip can help to correct any problems you may have and restore a better balance and more youthful look. Patients with a longer upper and minimal incisoral show are good candidates for the procedure.

In addition, the surgical procedure also helps to lift up your lip’s position in terms of the positioning of your teeth, which creates a youthful smile. The end result is an aesthetically pleasing and more youthful look.

A lift of the upper lip can help restore a better balance and a more youthful look to your face.  If you want a non-invasive approach to a lip lift which can help rejuvenate lips and help them look vibrant and beautiful, contact Dr. Sheffield at SB Aesthetics to discuss a treatment plan to determine if you are a candidate for the upper lip procedure.

Call (805) 318-3280 to schedule your consultation or submit an inquiry with our online contact form today!

How is a Lift of the Upper Lip Done?

An incision is made along the curve of the base of the patient’s nose. Next, a small strip or piece of skin is then removed to allow the lip to be lifted up. A corner lift of the lip is usually performed at the same time. It is a very popular cosmetic surgery and is recommended together with other beneficial procedure such as the Silhouette Lift.

What Are The Types Of Lip Lifting Procedures?

Depending on your unique situation, there are different kinds of lifts of the upper lip available from gull-wing and bull-horn to Italian and corner lip lift. What differentiates these different types is where the incisions are placed on the face. After reviewing your anatomy and specific needs, Dr. Sheffield will be able to recommend the most suitable lip lift. Here are the different types:

  • Gull-wing lip lift – An M-shaped or gull-wing incision is made on the vermilion of the upper lips. The main objective of this surgical procedure is extending the lip’s border. Since it can result in visible scarring, it is usually not the preferred option for many surgeons and patients.
  • Bull-horn lip lift –A bull-horn incision is made in the space between the nose and mouth. This lip lift is done to reduce the distance that exists between the nose and upper lip.
  • Corner lip lift – The corner lip lift involves incisions at the corners of the upper lip. Its objective is to help in correcting a drooping lip that can usually result in an aged or sad look.
  • Italian lip lift – This is just the same as bull-horn lip lift, only that it requires two different incisions placed below each nostril rather than a long one.

Am I Eligible For A Lift of the Upper Lip?

Here are a few things you can check to see whether you are eligible for a lift of the upper lip:

  • Thin and flat lips due to age.
  • Long nasolabial folds.
  • Aging lips make you look angry or sad.
  • Lips are drooping and hiding your smile or teeth.
  • Unbalanced lips
  • Upper lip seems too long
  • Or you are just dissatisfied with how your lips look.

Getting a surgical a lift of the upper lip is an effective way to get lasting results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your a lift of the upper lip.

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Interested to know about your lip lift options?  Whether you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.


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