What is lip lift surgery?

A lip lift is a minor corrective procedure that removes the excess skin between the upper lip and nose, and the surgery works to lift your upper lip. This addresses the distance between the lip and the nose, and it has an instant effect on your sagging smile.

The result?

Lips with the right volume and a pert, uplifted shape that sit in a lifted position on the face. You then end up with an ideal smile that leaves you feeling confident no matter what.

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Surgery Time

1 - 2 Hours

Time Off

3 - 4 Days



Full Recovery

5 - 7 Days

Benefits of lip lift surgery

Whether you are looking to improve your smile or want to simply enhance your features you may be a good candidate for a lip lift.

A lip lift is most beneficial to people with:

  • Large distance between upper lip and nose
  • sagging skin
  • Anyone who has undergone lip augmentation resulting in excessive protrusion of lip

Speaking to a plastic surgeon specialist will inform you if this is the right procedure for you.

You will also be advised on other cosmetic surgery procedures that can give the overall desired look.

Larger, fuller lips

Long term lips

Perfect spacing

reduced distance between the nose and the upper lip

If lip lift surgery sounds like the perfect procedure for you and you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact us below for a consultation with James Wokes

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Frequently Asked Questions

Undergoing plastic surgery is a major decision and you must be aware of what the treatment entails. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions people ask before making a final decision.

When having lip surgery, you will likely be under local anaesthetic as the procedure can take up to 2 hours.  Anaesthesia will be injected into the mouth to block the nerves which will numb the entire area being treated. As the treated area will be numbed you will experience no pain.

During the procedure, a piece of skin will be removed, and the upper lift will be lifted to create a defined and plump upper lip. Depending on the results you are wanting to achieve, there are multiple types of lip lift procedures such as:

  • Direct Lip Lift
  • Central lip lift
  • Bullhorn lip lift
  • Italian Lip lift

Simple answer is no! Lip lift surgery elevates the upper lip to reduce the gap between the nose and upper lip while making the lip appear fuller. If you are wanting to alter your nose, then you will need to speak to Mr Wokes about surgical rhinoplasty or non-surgical rhinoplasty.

It is best to discuss the cost of lip lift procedures during a consultation as pricing can vary on the type of procedure carried out and the desired results.

Lip lift surgery recovery can last up to 4 weeks depending on the specific operative procedure. Avoid alcohol, smoking and any strenuous activity as they can alter the healing process. You may experience some pain and swelling which will be managed with pain relief provided by Mr Wokes.

Results from lip lift surgery are long-term. Results can last years if performed right. The results are natural and if well maintained will need little to no top-up procedures.

Lip lift surgery rarely alters the appearance of the nasolabial folds. If you are wanting to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, then dermal fillers may be the solution, not necessarily into the fold. Alternatively a facelift will reduce the depth of the nasolabial fold. Lip lift surgery can be performed in combination with other treatments. A consultation with Mr Wokes will help you to decide the right procedure to achieve your goals

If you are wanting to enhance the appearance of your lips but are not looking for permanent results, you may find dermal fillers suited to you. Dermal fillers can enhance lips and have long-lasting results for up to 12 months.

Surgical procedures must be performed by a medical professional who is registered and has the right to practice. You can check they are registered through the general medical council.

You can also find out more information about cosmetic procedures through BAPRAS and BAAPS