A surgical lip lift permanently lifts the upper lip and reduces the distance between the upper lip and the nose. It also increases the vertical height of the vermilion (red) part of the upper lip. This can be done to augment the lip for cosmetic reasons, or to restore the appearance of youth, as the distance between the upper lip and the nose increases with age. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia.


An upper lip lift is performed as an outpatient procedure.

The intervention is painless as it is performed under local anesthesia.

At the time of intervention, the surgical area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Dr Thibaudeau draws the planned incisions on your face with a marker, then injects lidocaine to provide local anesthesia. The surgery lasts less than 60 minutes. The wound is closed with sutures, which need to be removed after 7 days.

You may return home after the surgery.

Pain medication, cold compresses, and skin ointment can be used to minimize swelling, bruising, irritation, and sensitivity, which are all normal after the surgery.

Sutures will be removed one week after the surgery.


Like any surgery, a lip lift presents the universal (but minimal) risks of scarring, bleeding and bruising, infection, and pain (temporary or rarely permanent). Mild oral incompetence (difficulty closing the lips together) can occur for the first few days but is almost always temporary.

The main risk of any aesthetic surgery is to be dissatisfied with the results. This risk is minimized by a thorough analysis of your desires and expectations by Dr Thibaudeau prior to the surgery. Tissues heal differently from one patient to the next, and this cannot, unfortunately, be controlled by the surgeon. There is always a risk that individuals will heal in a way that produces asymmetries or abnormal scarring that may require corrections.


The surgery itself lasts less than one hour.

Recovery can be expected to last approximately one week, with most patients returning to work after seven days.

Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 4 weeks after the surgery.

Before & After upper lip lift

Results continue to improve over six to twelve weeks.

Popular Questions

The surgery is painless as it is performed under local anesthesia. A mild sedative may be administered to help with anxiety if you need it.

You may drive immediately after your surgery if you haven’t received a sedative.
You may shower and wash your hair normally the next day; water should be avoided on the wound for the first 5 days.
Bruising and swelling are normal after the intervention. You should abstain from social/professional activities for one week after the surgery. After that time, most bruising can be covered with make-up. You should restrict your diet to soft foods (eg: pasta), take smaller bites, and not drink from a straw for the first week. After a week, you may resume most regular activities, but you should avoid strenuous effort for 3 weeks following the intervention to minimize the risk of bleeding and bruising. An antibiotic ointment (such as Polysporin) should be applied to the wound twice a day until sutures are removed.
Results are visible after the first week when bruising has healed. The appearance continues to improve over the next three months as all residual swelling goes down. The scar is hidden in a natural skin crease and will be almost invisible after a few months; however, it is normal to experience redness, induration, numbness, and rarely little cysts in the operated area for up to two months. It is recommended to avoid sun exposure during that time. Final results are achieved after a year.
Sutures will be removed at your first follow-up appointment, seven days after your surgery.
Most patients return to work as soon as sutures are removed one week after surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided for two to four weeks.


Treatment Price
Upper Lip Lift $ 4, 000 + taxes