April 5, 2024

Lip Lift

All About Lip Lift Surgery in Vancouver

A beautiful smile can light up a room, and the lips are the front door to introducing your personality to the world. Facial rejuvenation can bring out the very best in how you look and feel, brightening your face and giving you the extra confidence to put your best face forward. A lip lift can significantly enhance your appearance with natural results that you love, giving you all the more reason to show off a dazzling smile that looks as vibrant on the outside as you feel inside.Our “less is more” ethical approach to beauty creates subtle, yet stunning results that leave you looking refreshed, youthful, and radiant. A lip lift is a great procedure for the right candidate to show off your own beautiful smile.

Who to Choose for Lip Lift Surgery in Vancouver

8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic provides the gold standard in cosmetic surgery and facial rejuvenation treatments. Because we settle for nothing less than the very best when you're in our experienced hands, we're able to consistently offer our patients exceptional care and produce natural results that you'll absolutely love.Led by one of North America's most skilled dual board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, we provide our patients a full 360° spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments to meet your facial rejuvenation goals. Dr. Buonassisi carefully assesses each patient's unique anatomy and needs to create a treatment plan that's as individual as you are—giving you the confidence that you're in the most skilled hands for your lip lift procedure.

Meet Dr. Buonassisi

There are plenty of Vancouver surgical clinics popping up and offering lip lifts, but finding one who is fully dedicated to their full-time practice means seeking out one of the country's most skilled cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Buonassisi. Get to know him by the numbers:

  • 20 years of experience performing facial plastic surgeries
  • 15 years of post-secondary education with a sole focus on face and neck plastic surgery
  • One of the few (less than 10%) of facial plastic surgeons in North America who is skilled enough to offer the Comprehensive Deep Plane Facelift—Dr. Buonassisi's specialty
  • Thousands of successful surgeries performed with stellar results
  • 100% dedicated to a full-time presence at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic
  • Dual Board-Certified

With the proven ability and skill to lead this extremely specialized and complex field and a mastery of the anatomy of the face, Dr. Buonassisi's experience gives our patients the assurance that you're in the best hands.Book your complimentary consultation appointment with 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic to learn more about your lip lift treatment options and discover a facial rejuvenation plan that's tailored to your unique needs and goals. Give us a call at (604) 733-1669 or book a consultation online to get started with your comprehensive treatment plan.

Our Unique Approach

While we have Canada's premier facial plastic surgeon—Dr. Buonassisi—leading our practice, that's not all that sets us apart from other cosmetic surgery and medical aesthetics clinics. What makes us stand out is our comprehensive patient assessment and our commitment to educating you every step of the way, so you're always in control of making informed decisions around your anti-aging and beauty-enhancing goals.We look at more than just the surface. Dr. Buonassisi analyzes your face from the skin and muscles, all the way down to the fat and bones. We call this detailed assessment our 360 x 4D approach and it allows us to tailor your procedure to your specific needs, which change as we age. We form long-term relationships with our clients so we can continue to offer you treatments to achieve your goals as they change over time.We pride ourselves on creating subtle, beautiful results. Do lip lifts look natural? Dr. Buonassisi ensures that your lips naturally look their best, so they'll never look overdone or with tell-tale signs that you've had any work done. He enhances the natural proportions of your face without an overly filled appearance, thanks to his extensive experience and modern techniques that leave you looking like the best version of yourself.

Why We Love Lip Lifts

A lip lift is an excellent procedure for those of us who want to illuminate the face with a gorgeous pout. A lip lift is a great permanent procedure for many people who want to enjoy these benefits:

  • It effectively combats a common sign of aging as the area between the nostrils and upper lip become longer than they once were
  • It exposes more of the red of the lips (the vermillion), making them look naturally fuller
  • It creates natural looking results by subtly lifting the lip—never looking fake or overdone
  • It creates more tooth show—exposing more of your upper teeth, giving your face a more youthful look

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What is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift reduces the distance between the top of the upper lip and the base of the nose—the area called the philtrum—lifting the lips to minimize this area and create a more proportional and more youthful natural appearance. A lip lift also subtly increases the amount of visible vermillion in the centre portion of the lip. Finally, a lip lift enhances naturally thin lips or lips that have thinned as part of the aging process—permanently!The most common procedure is called the bullhorn lip lift, where Dr. Buonassisi removes the skin just below and to the sides of the nostrils and raises the upper lip to the desired position. The result is a shortened philtrum and a more youthful, balanced facial appearance that you'll enjoy for a lifetime.

Who is Lip Lift Surgery For?

There are plenty of reasons why you may be considering a lip lift. For some, it's part of an anti-aging goal to restore a more youthful appearance, and for others it's for enhancing your natural beauty. If you can relate to any of these desires, a lip lift may just be the ideal procedure for you:

  • You've always had an elongated distance between the base of the nostrils and the top lip border and want to shorten it
  • Your natural lip line has lowered as a result of aging and your lips look smaller than they once did
  • You want to increase tooth show—exposing more of your upper teeth which creates a more youthful look
  • You want to increase or decrease the look of a cupid's bow or expose more of the vermillion for a fuller look
  • You want beautiful lips that balance the proportions of your face

How a Lip Lift is Performed?

A common question that patients have is how painful is a lip lift? Your lip lift procedure begins with an injection of a local anesthetic, lidocaine, to numb the area and ensure that you're pain-free during your surgery, so there is minimal or no discomfort at all. After drawing an outline below your nostrils (resembling a bullhorn shape) where the incision will be, Dr. Buonassisi removes a tiny strip of skin and tissue, tightens the muscle, and lifts the lip to the desired new position, anchoring the skin to the base of the nose.How long do lip lifts last? The result is a shortened philtrum and permanent results that you'll love more and more with each day of healing and can enjoy for years to come.

What to Expect with Lip Lift Surgery

Your lip lift is a highly customized procedure, designed with your unique facial composition and beauty-enhancing goals in mind. It's performed under local anesthesia and the procedure takes about 1 hour.Most patients opt to take about 1 week off work or away from social activities to allow redness and swelling to go down. You can cover the scar with makeup and return to your usual activities with the swelling disappearing completely in about 3 months. You can expect the discreet scar to heal within the same timeframe.Your upper lip will appear fuller right after your surgery due to swelling, which settles after a couple of months. Because the results of a lip lift are permanent, you'll come away with a long-lasting, natural, rejuvenated appearance.

Complementary Treatments to Enhance Your Lip Lift

8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic offers a full spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments, and many patients choose to refresh other areas of the face so they can enjoy an all-over revitalized appearance. A non-surgical facelift will restore volume and beautify the face as a whole, while a procedure like a browlift highlights the upper area of the face.Many patients love the fuller look of their upper lip that's caused by temporary swelling and opt for lip injections to maintain a fuller pout. Wrinkle relaxing injections can smooth wrinkles around the eyes or forehead to create a more youthful appearance to round out the beautiful results of your lip lift.

Learn More with Your Complimentary Lip Lift Consultation

Learn more about lip lifts and other surgical and non-surgical treatments options and visit 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic for your complimentary consultation and skin assessment. Book a consultation online or by calling our patient care managers at 604-733-1669.

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