What is a Lip Lift?

Achieve a younger, more vibrant face with fuller lips.

There are several techniques for lip lifts that can help you achieve your desired look, whether that’s fuller lips, improving lines and wrinkles around the mouth, or creating a more pouty appearance. Each option helps you restore a youthful look, eliminating thin, downturned lips that can make you look angry or bitter—even when you don’t feel that way.

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Do I Need a Lip Lift?

Injections or lift: Find out what makes sense for you.

If you have always had thin lips or are self-conscious about losing fullness over time, a lip lift can help you achieve the look you want. Lip lifts can also increase the visibility of your upper teeth, which also helps restore a youthful appearance and a radiant, balanced smile. Meet with Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, or Renata Khelemsky, MD, to determine if lip augmentation makes sense for you.

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Lip Lift Benefits

Beyond giving you fuller lips, lip lifts improve the entire mouth region.

Returning thin lips to the shape and fullness they had when you were younger is just the beginning. Lip lifts also improve lip lines and wrinkles, and add balance and symmetry to your lips. If you have downturned corners of your mouth or an angry or bitter appearing lips and mouth, a lip lift will correct that, too. Some types of lip lifts will also highlight your smile.

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Lip Lift Procedure

Put yourself in the hands of a lip lift expert.

Having created a lip lift teaching video for other surgeons at the request of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Clevens is a recognized authority on lip lifts. He’s pioneered and refined several procedures, including lip lifts, subnasal or “bullhorn” lip lift, direct lip lift, corner of the lip lift, live-fill augmentation of the lips, extended corner of the lip lift, and V-Y lip advancement.

Meet with Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky to determine if a temporary option—such as those achieved with an injectable material like Restylane or Juvederm fillers—fat transfer, or a long-lasting option via a minor surgical procedure makes the most sense for you. Lip rejuvenation is frequently performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as facelift, blepharoplasty, and laser skin resurfacing.

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Lip Lift Recovery

Your recovery largely depends on your procedure.

With all lip lifts, your lips may have extra fullness and sensitivity for the 48 hours following surgery. Talking and chewing should be avoided as much as possible. With injections, most patients return to normal social activities within a couple of days or less.

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Lip Lift Before and After Photos

Before & After Lip Enhancement Surgery at Clevens Face & Body Specialists in Melbourne, Fla. Actual Patient

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

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Before & After Lip Augmentation Surgery at Clevens Face & Body Specialists in Florida

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

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Before & After Lip Lift Surgery in Melbourne Florida at Clevens Face & Body Specialists

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

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Lip Lift FAQ

Why should I consider lip lift ?

Whether you have always had thin lips, or you want to return your lips to the shape and fullness they had when you were younger, a lip procedure may provide you with the look you want. If you are dissatisfied or self-conscious about your lips, lip fillers can open up new possibilities for you to change your appearance and self-image with full, voluptuous lips.

What should I expect during my consultation with Dr. Clevens?

During the consultation, you will have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Clevens about the changes that you’d like to make in your appearance. He will explain the different options available to you. Some of the options are temporary in nature while others are long-lasting.

It is important that you explain the results that you would like. Bring photos to show Dr. Clevens what you like and what you don’t like. He will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for lip augmentation. Think about whether you would like a temporary result that can be achieved with an injectable material like Restylane, Juvederm, Fat or Radiesse or a long-lasting option that can be achieved with a minor surgical procedure.

How often does Dr. Clevens perform lip lift surgery?

Dr. Clevens is considered an ‘expert’ in lip surgery. He is a frequent invited lecturer and teacher of lip rejuvenation at national and international plastic surgery meetings. He was asked to create a teaching video for the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery demonstrating his lip surgery techniques.

How long does a lip augmentation take?

Most lip filler injections take less than fifteen minutes. Most lip implants and procedures take less than one hour for Dr. Clevens to perform. Sometimes procedures take longer than others. Dr. Clevens will be able to tell you how long your procedure is likely to take.

Where is the procedure performed?

Injections are performed in the office. Procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia, perhaps with light sedation as well.

Are the procedures painful?

Whether or not an anesthetic is necessary depends on the procedure. Topical anesthesia is generally used before lip injections, so that the procedure involves no discomfort. Generally, local anesthesia is used in grafting procedures. This makes the procedure painless, although there may be some discomfort afterward.

What can I expect after lip augmentation?

Immediately following lip augmentation, the lips may swell and hurt. Cold compresses should be used for 48 hours to control the swelling. During this time, talking and chewing should be avoided as much as possible. Oral pain medications may be used to control the discomfort.

Antibiotics may be given to reduce the possibility of infection. To help avoid infection, it is also important to keep the lips clean.

What is recovery like?

Most people report little discomfort in the days after lip augmentation. However, grafts and flaps usually involve more pain during recovery, and a longer recovery period, than lip injections.

Injections: Most people return to normal, public activities within a couple of days or less of an injection procedure. Bruising and swelling may last as long as a week.

Grafts: People often wait between 5-7 days after graft procedures before returning to their normal routine. During that recovery time, they may experience some problems with drooling. Grafting also may leave the lips feeling unnaturally stiff for 2 to 3 months after the procedure. Any non-dissolving stitches may be removed about 7-10 days after the procedure.

What are the risks of lip lift surgery?

Significant complications from aesthetic lip lift procedures are rare and Dr. Clevens has extensive experience with this type of procedure. As with any surgical procedure, however, there is always a possibility of infection, or reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible complications include: numbing, scarring, swelling, and stiffness in the lip.

To reduce the risk of complications, it is important to follow all the instructions you receive from your surgeon before and after the procedure.

How much is a lip lift?

The cost of a lip augmentation or lip lift surgery depends on the type of lip lift, the experience and training of your surgeon, and whether you are having other facial plastic surgery procedures at the same time. 

At our Florida plastic surgery practice, a lip lift ranges from $3,000 to $6,000. 

What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our lip lift patients.

“I am writing to say thank you for the excellent surgical work you did on my lips. I have received numerous compliments since my lips have healed. This surgery has had a very positive effect on my self-confidence and has given me a brighter outlook for the future. I would like to extend my gratitude to you for all of your help, patience, and encouragement throughout the process.”

–MY, Palm Beach, FL

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Explore your lip lift options: Meet with Dr. Clevens, Dr. Khelemsky, and their team.

Our facial plastic surgeons will listen to your areas of concern and the results you hope to achieve with your lip lift. Together, you’ll discuss options for both temporary and long-lasting procedures that may work best for you. Your consultation is focused on providing answers to all of your questions so you can choose the lip augmentation procedure that will best achieve your desired results.

We offer consultations for lip enhancement surgery at both our office locations in Melbourne, FL and Merritt Island, FL — conveniently located just an hour east of the Orlando and Central Florida area near the Space Coast beaches. We look forward to meeting with you in consultation and learning more about your goals! 

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