Lip Lift Surgery

A lip lift is a refined surgical procedure designed to reduce the space between the nose and the upper lip, a distance which can increase with age. As time passes, this elongation can lead the upper lip to curl inward, giving an impression of thinness or absence. In many cases, the lip hasn’t actually thinned but is simply concealed due to this inward turn. 

By creating a meticulously crafted incision beneath the nose, followed by the removal of surplus skin, Mr Kshem Yapa can elegantly elevate your lip and reinstate a youthful contour to the face.

While often associated with the ageing process, lip lift surgery isn’t solely for those who feel the years have impacted their lip volume or shape. Suitable candidates for a lip lift are generally healthy adults wanting to accentuate the beauty of their upper lip. Additionally, it’s a fitting option for those who find the gap between their nose and top lip to be more than 1.5 cm, for those frustrated by lipstick that bleeds into the fine lines around their mouth, or for individuals striving to achieve a balanced proportion between their upper and lower lips. Or, if you want a more permanent, longer-lasting solution compared to the fleeting effects of dermal fillers, then a London lip lift procedure may be your best option.

At a glance

Procedure Length:
Procedure Length:

Typically 1-2 hours.

Hospital Stay:
Hospital Stay:

An outpatient procedure.


Local anaesthesia.


Normal activities can be resumed within 24 hours. Full results/healing in 1-3 weeks.


Elevate the head for the first few nights to reduce swelling.


Should be avoided on the surgical site for at least 10 days.


Should be avoided for 48 hours post-procedure and while on pain medication.


Should be avoided for at least 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks post-procedure.

Sun Exposure:
Sun Exposure:

To be avoided for at least 2 weeks post-procedure. A high SPF is essential thereafter.

Benefits of Lip Lift Surgery

A lip lift is a procedure that has multifaceted advantages, from permanent results to accentuating your youthful features. Below are just a few of the many benefits this procedure has to offer:

  • Lip Fullness and Contour:

    Full, well-defined lips often resemble charm and youthfulness. A lip lift provides a lasting elevation to the upper lip, enhancing its volume and shape, be it a more pronounced Cupid’s bow or a rounder appearance.

  • Defined Lip Border:

    The contrast between the lip’s red hue and the surrounding skin, known as the vermilion border, draws attention to the lips. The lip lift emphasises this border, further enhancing the lips’ allure.

  • Enhanced Smile:

    By raising the upper lip, a lip lift not only beautifies the lips but also unveils more of the teeth, thereby enhancing the overall radiance and charm of your smile.

  • Countenance Uplift:

    The procedure can gently elevate the downturned corners of the mouth, leading to more approachable “happier” facial expressions, even when at rest.

  • Enhanced Confidence:

    Following the procedure, many individuals experience a renewed sense of self-assuredness, with this newfound confidence being evident in their interactions and overall demeanour.

Techniques Used in Lip Lift Surgery

Your lip lift procedure will be performed as a day case, often in the clinic, meaning that you can go home on the same day. The clinic where the procedure takes place will be sterilised and prepared to the same standard as any hospital operating theatre, so rest assured you’ll be in safe hands.

A lip lift is a rather intricate surgical procedure that incorporates several techniques depending on your anatomy, desired results, and your surgeon’s preference. Here are the common surgical techniques used for a lip lift, the type of which used on the day of your surgery will depend on the outcome of your consultation:

This method involves removing a strip of skin directly from the border of the coloured part of the lip (the vermilion). The incision runs the length of the lip. Once the excess skin is removed, the lip is stitched back together, resulting in a fuller appearance. This technique is less common today as it leaves a scar on the lip border.

This is one of the more popular methods. It involves removing a bullhorn-shaped strip of skin from the area directly beneath the nose. Elevating the central portion of the lip reveals more of the pink vermilion, giving a fuller appearance to the lip and reducing the distance between the nose and the upper lip.

As the name suggests, this technique focuses on lifting the corners of the mouth. Small incisions are made at the corners, and a tiny triangle of skin is removed. Once sutured back, the downturned corners of the mouth are lifted, offering a more cheerful or neutral expression.

While not a surgical ‘lift’, fillers or fat transfers are sometimes used in conjunction with lip lifts or as an alternative to adding volume to the lips. These methods involve injecting materials into the lips to enhance their shape and size.

Risks and Complications

While every precaution is taken to ensure the risks are kept to a minimum during a lip lift procedure, it’s vital to understand that no surgical intervention is without potential complications. Here are some of the risks and complications associated with a lip lift:

Though rare, reactions to anaesthesia can occur. This can range from minor allergic reactions to more severe complications.

Any surgical incision can become infected if not properly cared for post-surgery. It’s crucial to follow post-operative care instructions, and if signs of an infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus, are noticed, it’s essential to seek medical attention immediately.

Improper healing or complications during the procedure could lead to unwanted distortion or unintended elongation of the lip.

While some post-operative pain is expected, prolonged pain or stiffness can be indicative of complications. Over time, stiffness typically decreases, but do let us know if you’re experiencing any ongoing discomfort.

This refers to a burning or prickling sensation that can sometimes be experienced post-surgery. It’s normal and often temporary.

While the aim is always for minimal and well-hidden scars, some individuals might experience more noticeable scarring or numbness in the surgical area. Over time, scars generally fade and sensation may return.


Sutures will be used to hold your new lip shape in place for around a week after your procedure. 


During the initial days post-surgery, an antibiotic ointment may be prescribed for the incision, followed by the use of some moisturisers. By the end of the second week, any redness or raised appearance of the incision should diminish, allowing for easy concealment with makeup. 


We recommend that you rest at home for about a week post-procedure. Sun protection is paramount; especially for the incision area. You should see your full results after a couple of weeks.

Book your consultation

If you would like to discuss this procedure in detail and understand if it’s the right procedure for your goals, book a consultation with Mr Kshem Yapa.


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