A Lip Lift is a surgical procedure to shorten the length of the skin of the upper lip (the ‘cutaneous lip’), the portion between the base of the nose and the upper edge of the red lip (the ‘vermillion’).
An incision is made in the crease under the nose and a lower parallel incision is made below this to excise a predetermined amount of skin. The shape of this is often termed a ‘Bullhorn’ excision as it is curved in the same shape as a bull's horns.
The muscle underneath is left intact. The lower skin incision is sutured the the top incision using deep absorbable sutures and fine outside sutures.
Shortening the skin of the lip in this manner elevates and rotates the vermillion of the lip, thus enhancing the aesthetics of the lower third of the face.
The operation can be performed in-office under local anaesthesia, or as a day procedure in an accredited hospital under general anaesthesia.
It is advised to take 1-2 weeks off work and social activities. External sutures will be present for the first week, and after removal the area will be a little red for another few days.
Excessive oral movements, such as laughing or eating large food portions are not advised in the early postoperative period as it will increase tension across the incision.
The surgical fee is $3,500 icl GST. If you prefer to have the procedure in hospital under general anaesthesia, there will be additional fees of up to $3,000-$3,500
This surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure so Medicare and health insurance will not help to cover your costs.