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Lip Lift in Toronto

Starts at $4999
Procedure Time
3 hours
Recovery Time
1 weeks
Thomas Bell, M.D
Physician and internationally recognized cosmetic plastic surgeon and lecturer.
66 Avenue Road, Suite 4 Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8

How Much Does a Lip Lift Cost?

A lip lift at SpaMedica in Toronto starts at $4,999. The cost of your may differ depending on any additional treatments combined.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Lip Lift?

Sutures are typically removed approximately 7-10 days after the surgery, marking an important milestone in the recovery process. Although the removal of sutures indicates that the incisions are healing well, it is crucial to continue following your surgeon’s advice and avoid activities that could strain the healing tissues.

How Long Does a Lip Lift Take?

The procedure takes approximately 3 hours to perform, depending on the needs of the patient.

What Is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift, specifically the subnasal variety (Bullhorn lip lift), is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the upper lip’s aesthetic appeal and the overall harmony of the facial features. Making precise, small incisions beneath the nose removes a carefully measured amount of skin. This removal elevates the upper vermilion border—revealing more of the lip’s pink tissue for a fuller appearance—and effectively reduces the distance between the nose and the upper lip, creating a more proportionate and youthful facial profile. Additionally, this procedure can significantly improve the smile’s appearance by subtly lifting the lip’s position, contributing to a more vibrant and attractive expression.

Who Is a Lip Lift Candidate?

Ideal candidates for a lip lift are individuals in good health seeking aesthetic enhancements to their lips and smile. They should have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery and understand the recovery process. While a candidate can only be determined through a lip lift consultation with Dr. Bell or a member of the SpaMedica team, suitable candidates typically include:

  • Individuals with a Thin Upper Lip: A lip lift can add fullness by elevating the lip and increasing the visibility of the vermilion, making the lip appear more voluminous.
  • People with an Elongated Philtrum: If the distance between the nose and the upper lip is longer than desired, a lip lift can effectively shorten this space, creating a more proportionate facial appearance.
  • Aging Patients: Over time, lips may lose their youthful, everted (turned-out) appearance. A lip lift can help restore a youthful contour and fullness to the lips.
  • Those Seeking a Permanent Solution: For individuals looking for alternatives to temporary lip fillers, a lip lift offers a more lasting enhancement to the shape and position of the lips.
  • Individuals Desiring to Show More Teeth When Smiling: A lip lift can adjust the upper lip’s position to reveal more of the teeth, contributing to a brighter, more engaging smile.

Lip Lift Consultation With Dr. Bell

During your consultation for a lip lift with Dr. Bell, the focus will be on understanding your aesthetic desires and ensuring the procedure aligns with your goals. Dr. Bell will review your medical history and conduct a physical examination of your lips and facial structure to determine the most effective approach for your lip lift. He will discuss the procedure in detail, including what to expect during surgery, potential risks, and recovery. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns.

Dr. Bell will also outline the post-operative care instructions and discuss the costs and schedule for the procedure, ensuring you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Benefits of a Lip Lift

Enhanced Lip Volume

A lip lift enhances the upper lip by lifting and accentuating the vermilion, resulting in a fuller, more defined lip.

Improved Facial Proportions

Shortening the distance between the nose and upper lip with a lip lift procedure can enhance facial proportion, resulting in a more youthful look.

Elevated Smile

Lip lift raises the upper lip, exposing more teeth for a brighter smile and rejuvenated facial expression.

Permanent Solution

A lip lift is a longer-lasting solution for enhancing lip aesthetics than temporary fillers.

Lip Lift Risks

All procedures have some risk and vary depending on individual factors, which Dr. Bell will thoroughly assess during the consultation. These can include:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Numbness or Altered Sensation
  • Swelling and Bruising
  • Allergic Reactions
  • The Need For Revision Surgery

How is a Lip Lift Performed by Dr. Tom Bell?

Dr. Tom Bell or a surgical team member performs the lip lift procedure with precision and artistry, tailoring the technique to each patient’s unique facial structure to achieve optimal aesthetic results. The lip lift begins with Dr. Bell making a small incision just beneath the nostrils, in the natural crease where the base of the nose meets the upper lip. This placement ensures that the resulting scar is as discreet as possible.

By removing a small amount of skin and tissue from this area, Dr. Bell effectively shortens the philtrum—the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose— lifting the upper lip to enhance its prominence and shape. This elevation reveals more of the vermilion, the pink part of the lip, creating a fuller and more youthful appearance.

Throughout the procedure, Dr. Bell’s expertise in facial anatomy and cosmetic surgery guides his approach, ensuring that the lift enhances the overall facial harmony and meets the patient’s aesthetic goals. His meticulous technique provides immediate improvement in the lip’s appearance and ensures that the results are natural-looking and harmonious with the patient’s features and other facial rejuvenation procedures.

Lip Lift Recovery and Timeline

Recovering from a lip lift surgery is a process that requires patience and proper care to ensure the best outcomes. The timeline below outlines the key stages of recovery and what you can expect during each phase. It is crucial to follow your surgeon’s specific post-operative instructions to facilitate a smooth and efficient healing process.

Immediate Post-Procedure Period: Immediately following the lip lift procedure, it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising in the treated area. These symptoms are a natural part of the healing process and typically last for approximately 1 week. During this time, it’s important to rest and avoid any activities that could strain your facial muscles or affect the surgical site.

First Week:

  • Activity Restrictions: To promote optimal healing, you should avoid strenuous activities for about 1 week post-surgery. This precaution helps prevent any unnecessary stress on the healing tissues and ensures the best possible outcome.
  • Diet and Mouth Movements: Be mindful of your mouth movements during this period. Avoid aggressive or exaggerated chewing and any other dramatic mouth movements for at least 1 week. Opting for soft foods that require minimal chewing effort can be beneficial.
  • Swelling and Bruising: The initial swelling and bruising from the surgery will start to subside during this week. Applying cold compresses as advised by your surgeon can help reduce these symptoms more comfortably and efficiently.

7-10 Days Post-Procedure:

  • Suture Removal: Approximately 7 to 10 days after your lip lift surgery, you will have a follow-up appointment for suture removal. This is a crucial step in the healing process, as it signifies that the incisions are healing properly and the stitches are no longer needed to support the tissue.

Post-Removal Period: After the sutures are removed, you may notice a significant improvement in the appearance and feel of your lip area. However, it’s important to continue following your surgeon’s care instructions, as the healing process is still ongoing. Avoid any activities or behaviors that could compromise the results of your surgery, such as smoking or exposing the area to direct sunlight without protection.

Different Types Of Lip Lift Surgery

  • Direct Lip Lift: This approach removes a narrow strip of skin directly above the upper lip. This procedure is typically suited for individuals requiring significant reshaping or those with a pronounced distance between their upper lip and nose. It effectively enhances the vermilion’s visibility and the lip’s overall shape.
  • Subnasal Bullhorn: Recognized for its incisions discreetly placed at the base of the nose, mirroring a bullhorn’s shape, this technique elevates the upper lip’s central part. It accentuates the cupid’s bow and increases the upper lip’s prominence for a fuller, more defined appearance.
  • Central Lip Lift: This lip lift specifically targets the area directly beneath the columella, focusing the lift on the central segment of the upper lip to subtly enhance its height and definition.
  • Corner Lip Lift: This procedure involves small incisions at the mouth’s corners to correct the downturned edges and address a “frowning” look. It’s an effective way to achieve a more youthful, cheerful facial expression by elevating the lip corners.
  • Italian Lip Lift: Utilizing two incisions placed just beneath the nostrils, the Italian lip lift is known for its approach to lifting the upper lip. It provides a subtle enhancement, particularly focusing on defining the philtrum columns for a refined and elegant result.

Toronto Lip Lift Surgery FAQ

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Lip Lift?

While a lip lift can offer significant aesthetic benefits, there are some potential disadvantages to consider:

  • Scarring: A small scar is typically hidden under the nose, but its visibility can vary among individuals. Dr. Bell has over 25 years of experience, so you can rest assured that the incision will be as discreet as possible.
  • Recovery Time: Although relatively short, there is a recovery period involving swelling and bruising, which may require downtime from social or professional engagements.
  • Risk of Asymmetry: There’s a slight risk that the lips might not be perfectly symmetrical post-surgery, requiring further correction.
  • Permanent Results: While often seen as a benefit, the permanent nature of a lip lift means any dissatisfaction with the outcome is not easily reversible.

Is Lip Lift Surgery Worth It?

A majority of patients find lip lifts worth it. However, the procedure’s value largely depends on individual goals and how much the results align with those expectations.

Is A Lip Lift Painful?

Patients typically experience minimal pain during the procedure due to local anesthesia. Post-operatively, discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with prescribed or over-the-counter pain relief. Most patients report that the positive outcomes of the surgery outweigh any discomfort.

Verified for Accuracy
The medical information on this page has been reviewed and verified for accuracy by Dr. Stephen Mulholland.

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