Dr. Clevens is a recognized expert in surgery of the lips and mouth region having created a lip lift teaching video for other surgeons at the request of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Full lips define a younger and more vibrant face. Many individuals long for fuller and richer lips that appear more sensuous or pouty. Dr. Clevens offers several ways to help you attain the element of youthful beauty — full and luscious lips. Certain lip lift techniques help create an appearance of fuller lips, while other procedures aim to create a more pouty appearance or to improve lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

As we age, the lips thin and the corners of the lip become downturned and this creates an angry or bitter appearance. The “Corner of the lip lift” procedure achieves a youthful lip that no longer conveys a sad or bitter appearance. Many of these procedures are performed in the comfort of our state of the art office under local anesthesia. Often, rejuvenation of the lip is performed in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, blepharoplasty and skin rejuvenation.

Some of the lip lift procedures that Dr. Clevens has pioneered and refined include:

  • Lip Lift
  • 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
  • V-Y Lip Advancement

What may be helped?

  • Lip lines and wrinkles
  • Fullness of the lips
  • Balance and symmetry of the lips
  • Correction of the downturned corner of the mouth
  • Improvement of the angry or bitter appearing lips and mouth
  • Achievement of a more youthful appearing lip and mouth region

Lip Augmentation, Injection Techniques

Injections involve filling the lip with a soft substance to create a fuller appearance. Restylane, Juvederm, Fat, Collagen and Radiesse are the most widely used injectable substances.

Prepared from the collagen found in cow skin, collagen injections are used to temporarily augment the lips. Although it is purified, this collagen may cause allergic reactions in some people. For that reason, a sensitivity test may be performed before the actual lip augmentation procedure with some types of collagen. Collagen is injected into the lip with small needles. Because the body slowly absorbs the collagen, the results generally last between one and three months. The procedure may be repeated as needed.

Fat injections are also placed in the lips with small needles. The fat used is harvested from another area of the body — most often the abdomen or the thighs — and is purified before it is injected into the lips. An advantage to this lip augmentation is that there is no possibility of an allergic reaction. The procedure is often performed more than once to achieve desired results.

"Fillers" are another injectable material, under brand names such as Restylane and Juvederm, that are naturally occurring crystalline gels used for lip enhancement. FDA approved for cosmetic applications, Restylane and Juvederm last about six months. Because Dr. Clevens places these products with a very slender needle, he can be artistic and sensitive in achieving your desired result – perhaps enhancing the lip line, restoring a youthful appearing lip or creating sensuous and voluptuous full lips.

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary

Lip Augmentation, Grafts and Implants

There are numerous different substances that Dr. Clevens commonly uses as a graft or implant material in the lips. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages that Dr. Clevens will discuss with you at the time of your consult.

AlloDerm is a popular human-donor grafting material that is FDA approved and proven safe in lip augmentation and facial reconstruction. Under a local anesthesia, the material is inserted through tiny incisions made in the inside corners of the mouth. Delicate Absorbable stitches that dissolve are used. The material is often absorbed, so that the results are only temporary, lasting from 12-18 months. This procedure takes about 15 minutes in the office under local anesthesia.

Fat grafting produces lasting results in most of the people who try it. Although it is possible that the body will reabsorb it, many people choose fat grafting because they are most comfortable with using the fat from their own body to enhance their lips. The fat is harvested from another area of the body, often the abdomen. It is then prepared and inserted with a needle into the lip from more than one point.

Lip Augmentation surgical options

Surgical enhancement of the lips provides a long-lasting alternative to injections and implants. Surgical enhancement usually takes Dr. Clevens less than one hour to perform in his office under local anesthesia. Careful and fine incisions are created to shape the lips into their desired shape and form. Direct Lip Lifting creates a fuller upper and/or lower lip with imperceptible incisions. This precise procedure allows the patient to state just how full you want your lip and that is where Dr. Clevens can place the new lip line. As the lip ages, the corner of the mouth tends to droop.. Other procedures such as the Corner of the Lip Lift enable the lip to be reshaped so that the frown can be improved and a youthful upturned lip can be achieved.

Local flaps bring material from inside the mouth outside to enhance the lips. Results are long-lasting. An incision may be made inside the mouth to push the tissue inside the mouth upward, and outward, into the lip, sometimes in conjunction with grafting. Or, an incision may be along the upper lip line. In this case, skin above the lip is removed, and the lip is then stitched along the line of the incision.

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.

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 as well as Tammy and Lorin for all of their help, patience and encouragement throughout the process.

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Lip lift FAQ

Q- 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.

Q- 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.

Q- 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.

Q- 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.

Q- 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.

Q- 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.

Q- 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.

Q- 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.

Q- 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.

Please contact our offices in Melbourne and Merritt Island, Florida at 321.727.3223 or 888.438.3223 today to arrange your consultation.

You may contact us via email at info@drclevens.com

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