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The Ultimate Lip Lift Guide, Everything You Need To Know About Lip Lifts

By: Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh


Lip lift procedures have become increasingly popular for those seeking a more youthful and attractive pout. This comprehensive guide will explore various lip lift techniques, offering insights into innovative and effective cosmetic procedures available today. Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh , renowned for her expertise in facial plastic surgery, provides a thorough understanding of lip lifts to help you make an informed decision.

What is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift is a surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of the lips by reducing the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose. This results in a more pronounced and youthful lip contour. Unlike fillers or Botox, a lip lift provides a permanent solution to achieve fuller, more aesthetically pleasing lips.

Benefits of a Lip Lift

Lip lifts offer numerous benefits, including: 

  • Enhanced Facial Harmony: A lip lift improves the balance between the upper lip and other facial features, contributing to a more harmonious appearance. 
  • Increased Self-Confidence: Many patients experience a boost in self-esteem due to their improved appearance. 
  • Correction of Asymmetry and Defects: The procedure can correct congenital lip asymmetry or defects caused by trauma or aging.

For examples of successful transformations, check out Dr. Ghazizadeh's Before & After Gallery. 

Types of Lip Lift Procedures

Subnasal (Bullhorn) Lip Lift

This popular technique involves removing a strip of skin just below the nose, resembling the shape of a bullhorn. Ideal for those looking to shorten the philtrum and enhance upper lip visibility, the Subnasal Lip Lift is highly praised by experts, including Dr. Ghazizadeh. For more information, refer to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' overview.

Direct Lip Lift

This method removes skin from the upper lip's border, providing a more defined and lifted appearance.

Corner Lip Lift

Designed for patients with downturned mouth corners, this technique involves removing small pieces of skin at the corners of the mouth, resulting in a happier and more appealing expression.

Italian Lip Lift

This modern technique requires minimal incisions at the mouth corners, offering a conservative lift that maintains a natural look.

The Lip Lift Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Ghazizadeh, you will discuss your goals and expectations. This is the time to ask questions and understand the potential outcomes of your surgery. To book a consultation, visit Schedule a Consultation .

Preparing for a Lip Lift

Preparation is crucial for a successful lip lift. Follow these steps: 

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid certain medications. 
  • Adhere to preoperative instructions provided by your surgeon. 
  • Ensure your body is in optimal condition to facilitate a smoother recovery.

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The Lip Lift Procedure

The surgery typically involves these steps:

1. Administering Anesthesia: Ensures comfort throughout the procedure.

2. Creating Incisions: Depending on the technique, incisions are made to remove excess skin.

3. Reshaping the Lips: Adjustments are made to achieve the desired lip shape.

4. Closing the Incisions: The skin is repositioned and sutured.

Recovery and Aftercare

Post-surgery, expect some swelling and bruising, which will gradually subside. Most patients can resume normal activities within a week, though full healing may take several weeks.  Adhering to your surgeon's aftercare instructions is essential for optimal recovery. 

Lip Lift Before & After Photos

Reviewing before and after photos helps set realistic expectations. Dr. Ghazizadeh’s Before & After Gallery showcases various out comes, providing a clear picture of what to expect.

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Risks and Considerations

As with any surgery, lip lifts carry risks. Understanding these and choosing an experienced surgeon can minimize complications. For more information, refer to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons—Lip Lift Risks.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Selecting the right plastic surgeon is critical for a successful outcome. Dr. Ghazizadeh’s credentials, extensive experience, and patient testimonials make her an excellent choice. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with a track record of successful lip lift procedures.

Cost of a Lip Lift

The cost varies based on the complexity of the procedure and other factors. Discuss payment options during your consultation to understand the financial commitment.


Lip lifts can significantly enhance your appearance and confidence. Thorough preparation and choosing the right surgeon are crucial to achieving the best results.

Ready to explore your lip lift options? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh in Newport Beach to discuss your goals and see how we can help you achieve your desired look. Book your appointment today. 

By following this comprehensive guide, you can take back your confidence and make an informed decision about undergoing a lip lift procedure, ensuring you achieve the best possible outcome.

The Ultimate Lip Lift Guide Infographic with Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh M.D. in Newport Beach
Provided by Dr. Ghazizadeh, M.D.
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.