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What are the benefits of a deep plane lip lift?

By: Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh


Is something bothering you about the appearance of your lips but you cannot quite figure out what it is? Or have you tried lip filler and felt like it did not last or have the desired effect? 

A lip lift is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the mouth by shortening the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose. It can be suitable for individuals who are dissatisfied with the length or shape of their upper lip and desire a more defined, youthful, or balanced lip appearance.  At Dr. Ghazizadeh Facial Plastic Surgery, Newport Beach, CA board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh helps patients achieve their ultimate aesthetic goals and improve the appearance of their lips. A lip lift is the definitive and permanent solution to improving your lip shape but not everyone is a candidate for this procedure - keep reading to learn if this procedure can help the appearance of your lips!

How does a lip lift work?

A lip lift, or a deep plane lip lift, is the surgical solution to reshaping the upper lip to reposition and enhance the appearance of the mouth and midface. Because the upper lip is so central within the face, a properly shaped and proportioned upper lip can make a huge impact in improving one’s appearance. The operation can also improve symmetry and improve the down turned corners of the corners of the mouth.  

During a lip lift surgery, skin is removed directly below the nose and the upper lip and is then advanced to close the incision hidden in the crease of the lip-nose junction. This procedure is incredibly delicate and the technique that is used to elevate and reposition the lip is paramount to a good result. Using a deep plane lip lift technique in Newport Beach, Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh is able to elevate and reposition the tissues of the lip in a way that optimizes healing and minimizing any tension on the skin or the incision line. The amount of skin that should be removed during a lip lift surgery can vary depending on the individual's anatomy, desired outcome, and the clinical assessment. The goal of a lip lift is to achieve a balanced and natural-looking result, so the amount of skin removal is specifically tailored to each patient.

Candidates for a lip lift typically include individuals who:

1. Have a long upper lip: A lip lift can address a long or "thin" upper lip by shortening the space between the nose and the lip, creating a more aesthetically pleasing proportion.

2. Desire more visible vermillion (pink portion of the lip): Some individuals have a disproportionately small or less visible vermillion (which can occur naturally or with age) -  this can be improved by shortening the upper lip to enhance its visibility.

3. Seek a more youthful appearance: As we age, the distance between the nose and the upper lip can increase, leading to a less youthful appearance. A lip lift can help rejuvenate the lip area and restore a more youthful look.

4. Have a flat or poorly defined Cupid's bow: The Cupid's bow is the "M" shape of the upper lip. If it lacks definition or appears flattened, a lip lift can help create a more prominent and aesthetically pleasing Cupid's bow.

5. Would benefit from increased dental show or tooth show: this is a youthful feature that can be restored with a properly performed lip lift in certain individuals.  

6. Are in good overall health: Like any surgical procedure, lip lift candidates should be in good general health to minimize the risks associated with surgery and anesthesia.

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Deep plane lip lift surgery in Newport Beach

What does a deep plane lip lift entail?

A deep plane lip lift is a specific technique used in lip lift surgery that involves adjusting the deeper structures of the lip to achieve the desired lift and rejuvenation. It is a more advanced approach compared to traditional lip lift techniques which only removed skin and placed undesirable tension on the closure.

During a deep plane lip lift in Newport Beach, instead of primarily focusing on the skin excision, the deep plane technique involves dissecting deeper layers of tissue, including the muscle and soft tissue attachments. This allows for more precise and controlled manipulation of the lip's position and shape.

It's important to note that a deep plane lip lift is a surgical procedure that requires expertise and experience. Not all surgeons may perform this technique, and it is crucial to consult with a qualified and experienced facial plastic surgeon who can evaluate your specific needs and determine the most appropriate approach for your lip lift surgery.

Dr. Ghazizadeh tailors each lip lift surgery directly to your anatomy and surgical goals to ensure you achieve the best lip lift surgery possible in Newport Beach. 

Set yourself up for a beautiful deep plane lip lift enhancement in Newport Beach, CA

If you're considering a lip lift surgery, seeing a Newport Beach lip lift expert and understanding what to expect during recovery is an important part of making your final decision. At Dr. Ghazizadeh MD, Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh and our dedicated team are committed to providing comprehensive care, education, and guidance throughout your cosmetic lip lift journey. Schedule a consultation at our Newport Beach, CA practice to learn more about the benefits of lip lift surgery for enhancing your lip shape appearance and boosting your confidence today. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.