Get More Lasting Results with a Lip Lift in La Jolla

If you are tired of using makeup to create the temporary effect of fuller lips, or if you want an alternative to repeat treatments of lip fillers, Dr. Bolitho and his team at his La Jolla offices are ready to answer all your questions. Dr. Glynn Bolitho is dedicated to helping clients obtain the aesthetic results they want with the utmost in safety and skill:

  • Quadruple board certified in plastic surgery
  • Board-certified anesthesiologists
  • Nearly 30 years’ experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at UCSD
  • Highly skilled, credentialed staff
  • Hospital quality safety standards

How is a Lip Lift Done?

Lip lift, lip augmentation in La Jolla, enhance appearance by shortening the distance between the nose and the upper lip. Dr. Bolitho makes incisions either just below the nose or at the corners of the mouth depending on the type of lift being done. Each procedure involves removal of a small amount of skin and tissue to lift the upper lip and show more of the vermillion (pink) of the lip. The most common lip lift procedures are:

Subnasal bullhorn lip lift:

A small incision following the base of the nose creates a bullhorn shape which pulls the center and sides of the lip upwards.

Corner lip lift:

Small incisions near the corners of the mouth pull both sides up which gives a more “resting smile” appearance. 

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Benefits of a Lip Lift Vs. Other Methods for Fuller Lips

While lip fillers and overlining with makeup are options for enhancing your lips, a lip lift offers several unique benefits:

  • Natural-looking results: Lip fillers can result in an overdone or unnatural appearance. By lifting the lips and exposing more of the vermillion, you get a youthful, plump look that complements the natural contours of the face.
  • More permanent results: Lip fillers only last a few months while a lip lift can last years.
  • Improved lip shape: A lip lift can improve the shape of the lips with a more defined cupid's bow and an overall enhanced appearance.
  • Minimal scarring: While a lip lift does involve some incisions, the scars are well-hidden and fade. 
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Lip Augmentation Recovery Time is Fairly Minimal

The procedure typically takes about an hour to complete allowing patients to go home the same day. There may be some swelling and bruising afterwards, but this can be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications as needed. Activities that may increase blood flow to the lips, such as vigorous exercise or hot showers, should be avoided for at least 24 hours. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days.

How Long Does It Last?

The longevity of a lip lift can vary. The duration of the results depends on factors such as the patient's age, skin type, lifestyle, and the technique used during the procedure. Some patients may experience longer-lasting results due to their skin's elasticity and natural healing abilities. Older patients or those with thinner skin may see the effects of the procedure diminish faster than others. Dr. Bolitho will discuss the expected longevity of the procedure to ensure you have realistic expectations and can plan accordingly.

Lip Augmentation FAQ

What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure aimed at enhancing the size and shape of the lips. It can involve various techniques, such as injections, implants, or surgical procedures, to achieve fuller and more defined lips.

What are the common methods of lip augmentation?

The most common methods of lip augmentation include injectable fillers like hyaluronic acid (e.g., Juvederm, Restylane), fat grafting, and surgical procedures like lip implants or lip lifts. Each method has its own benefits, risks, and considerations.

Is lip augmentation safe?

When performed by a qualified and experienced medical professional, lip augmentation is generally considered safe. However, like any cosmetic procedure, it carries certain risks such as infection, allergic reactions, asymmetry, or dissatisfaction with the results. It's essential to discuss these risks with your provider before undergoing treatment.

How long do the results of lip augmentation last?

The duration of results varies depending on the method used for lip augmentation. Injectable fillers typically last between six months to a year, while fat grafting can provide longer-lasting results. Surgical procedures like lip implants may offer permanent enhancement.

What is the recovery process like after lip augmentation?

Recovery after lip augmentation varies depending on the technique used. With injectable fillers, there may be minor swelling, bruising, or discomfort that typically subsides within a few days. Surgical procedures may involve a longer recovery period, during which patients may experience swelling, bruising, and temporary numbness. Your provider will provide specific post-procedure instructions to help ensure a smooth recovery.

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Dr. Glynn Bolitho’s Reputation is not Just Lip Service

Dr. Bolitho has decades of experience providing clients with the beautiful, natural-looking results they want. He is first and foremost a doctor, board certified in plastic surgery four times over and has helped people all over the world achieve improved self-confidence through the aesthetics that cosmetic surgery provides. He spends as much time with each client as needed and values the trust clients put in him. Dr. Bolitho holds to the highest standards in safety and care while also keeping himself abreast of the latest developments in plastic surgery.

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