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About Lip Lift

A lip lift is a surgical procedure that involves removing a small strip of skin under your nose in order to lift the top lip. This results in a shortened space between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lip (philtrum). This also results in a slight eversion of the top lift, exposing more of the pink portion of the lip, giving it a fuller, more enhanced appearance without additional volume that a lip injection would provide

Am I a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?

A lip lift can provide many benefits and enhancements for a patient, and you may be a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • You want fuller lips with more volume and definition
  • You have thin lips or lips that are starting to thin due to aging
  • You believe that the space between the bottom of your nose and your top lip is too long
  • You have wrinkles around your mouth that you want smoothed out
  • You are a nonsmoker or able to stop smoking six weeks before your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation
  • You are in good health overall without any medical conditions that would impair or complicate your healing process or approved by your primary care physician to undergo the procedure

If you believe you may be a good candidate for a lip lift in Tampa based on the above qualifications, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of a lip lift and the aesthetic benefits it could bring to your life.

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Procedure

Because there are many lip lift techniques, you must be clear on your aesthetic goals. Before the surgery, Dr. Buchanan will listen to your desires for the outcome of your surgery and will help you decide which technique would work best to provide you with your desired results. This procedure is usually a minimally invasive procedure done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, such as a numbing cream or injections. However, depending on your preference, the complexity of your case, and the technique used, the procedure may require general anesthesia.

Recovery and Downtime

Recovery from this procedure will vary from patient to patient, depending on if it was combined with any other procedures, but in most cases, you can expect little downtime. We typically recommend that patients take one week off work to let the incisions heal and the swelling subside.

You may experience some bruising and soreness around the mouth, which can be treated with a cold compress or over-the-counter pain medication. Swelling usually lasts up to two weeks; during this time, it is best to avoid excessive chewing of food or gum.

You will be instructed on how to clean the incision and apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound. During this time, it is critical to follow all instructions from Dr. Buchanan and make your scheduled follow-up appointments so that you can recover as quickly as possible.

Lip Lift Results

Most patients have visible results immediately following surgery. Permanent results will materialize after all the swelling has faded, which can take up to three months.

Results will last several years with proper care and maintenance, an added benefit of having this surgery over the repeated use of fillers. Most fillers last less than 12 months. To prolong your results, it is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle and daily practices to delay the natural aging process. Proper sun protection, a daily skincare regimen, and diet and exercise are all lifestyle habits that help keep signs of aging at bay.

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How Much Does a Lip Lift Cost? Prices starting at $3,000

The cost of a lip lift in Tampa can vary significantly based on the complexity of your case. Since it is a cosmetic enhancement procedure, health insurance companies do not cover the cost.

The total price of the procedure may include the following:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room expenses
  • Surgeon fees

However, the initial cost may not include additional expenses such as blood tests, pre-operative testing, medical clearance exams, and prescription medications.

Several other factors can impact the cost of the procedure, such as:

  • The surgeon's experience and reputation
  • The techniques used for the procedure
  • The location of the surgeon's practice

For example, highly experienced or reputable surgeons may charge more, and larger cities may have higher operational costs, which can affect the total cost of the procedure. If you are considering lip lift surgery but have financial limitations, you can discuss financing options with Dr. Buchanan or any VIVIFY staff members. They offer financing plans to help patients achieve their surgical goals.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

To find an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon, looking for a doctor certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is crucial. These surgeons undergo a rigorous training program that takes 6 to 8 years after their medical education, during which they receive specialized instruction in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

This training ensures that they have the expertise and skills necessary to perform complex procedures with precision and care, giving you the peace of mind that you're in good hands.

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Why Choose VIVIFY?

VIVIFY plastic surgery & medspa is a Tampa-based boutique plastic surgery center that provides a personalized and compassionate approach to patient care. Our team strives to make patients feel valued and heard while delivering exceptional care with remarkable results. We prioritize honesty and ethical practices, focusing on safe and reliable procedures backed by evidence and provided by skilled clinicians. Dr. Dallas Buchanan and Michelle Buchanan, a husband-and-wife team of board-certified aesthetic experts with over 40 years of combined medical experience, lead our team. You can trust that the VIVIFY staff will prioritize your well-being and provide personalized care to meet your needs.

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