Lip Lift

Lip Lift is a local anaesthetic procedure to rejuvenate the upper lip by shortening the distance from the nose to lip border.  This gives a more youthful and fuller appearance to the upper lip.


60 mins


From £2750

Return to work
1-2 days

Hospital Stay

The lip lift is a minor surgical procedure that helps rejuvenate the upper lip by giving a more youthful and fuller appearance.  The procedure is also known as the bullhorn lift which is a description of the technique.  The ageing face has many features and one area that commonly changes are the lips.  As you age, the lips lose volume and lip fillers are commonly used to restore volume.  The other change that happens to the perioral region is lengthening of the upper lip.  This means the distance from the bottom of the nose to the border of the upper lip increases.  This makes the lip look thinner and more ptotic or droopy.  The lip lift procedure removes some of the skin just below the nose to shorten the upper lip distance.

ageing lips

How is the lip lift performed?

The lip lift is a minor surgical procedure performed under local anaesthetic.  The surgeon will inject the area to make it numb before the procedure.  We then excise the skin from just beneath the nose.  The surgeon will then suture the skin together with stitches.  There will be a scar just under the nose.

What does the lip lift do?

The lip lift is a procedure to give a natural looking change to the upper lip.  The photograph shows that some people naturally or with ageing have an elongated upper lip.  This is the distance from the base of the nose to the border of the lip, also known as the vermillion border.  The area in the central upper lip is called the philtrum.  The procedure shortens this length of the lip and raises the lip position.  The other subtle changes include eversion of the upper lip revealing more mucosa or pink of the lip.  Some may also notice that the procedure reveals more of the teeth.  These changes give a more youthful appearance to the lips and perioral region.

lip lift before and after

What are the risks of lip lift surgery?

Lip lift surgery is performed under local anaesthetic.  The procedure involves shortening the upper lip length by removing some skin and suturing this area. The potential risks with the procedure include:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a lip lift?

A lip lift is a local anaesthetic procedure to remove some skin from directly beneath the nose to shorten the upper lip length resulting a more youthful appearance to the lip.  

When can I go back to work after a lip lift?

The procedure is performed as an outpatient day case operation so you come to the clinic and leave following it.  You will have some stitches in the wound and so these will be visible until they are removed at a week.  Some people are happy to return to work immediately whilst some may prefer a week off until the sutures are removed.

How long does lip lift surgery take?

The procedure is usually about 60 minutes and performed with you awake under a local anaesthetic.

Am I suitable for a lip lift?

The lip lift is best suited for patients with an elongated upper lip.  This may be present in some younger patients or more commonly seen with ageing. 

How much is a lip lift?

The price for a lip lift starts from £2750 when performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic. 

What is the alternative?

Some patients may use fillers to restore volume to the upper lip.  This may, however, make the lips appear very full and over done in appearance.  The lip lift addresses things that are not normally improved by using fillers. Lip fillers may be a useful combination treatment with this procedure.

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