Dr. Laurence Kirwan. is one of the most experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in Norwalk, Connecticut, and in the entire country. He is a recognized international leader in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He offers a superior level of knowledge, care and understanding to help you achieve the youthful, bright and contoured look you desire.
An upper lip lift is usually done in women since the upper lip is aesthetically shorter. Men can also have long upper lips, John Major, past UK Prime Minister and Godfather to Price Harry, has a long upper lip. In women and men incisions are hidden at the base of the nose.
The lip lift is a popular procedure for women who want to look younger or who just have a lip that is too long for the face. Many women choose this cosmetic procedure to achieve a more defined, a better proportioned and a more youthful appearance around the mouth. A facelift will not improve this area and unless it is specifically treated, a long upper lip will detract from the result of a facelift.
A long upper lip can be an inherited facial feature, just like a big nose or thin lips and therefore have no relationship to age. The natural aging process slowly wears away skin elasticity in the face. Constant lip movements and facial expression may also be related to lip lengthening with age. Loss of skin elasticity is further accelerated by the skin-damaging effects of stress, smoking, and other environmental factors such as ultraviolet rays and air pollution.
Women typically notice the lengthening of the upper lip as a part of aging, during their late 50s and early 60s. Loss of bone and front teeth in the upper jaw (maxilla) will also make the upper lip appear longer.
A lip lift is a cosmetic procedure, meaning it is typically done for aesthetic enhancement. This is a highly personal decision. This increasingly popular procedure can be a great solution for many women and men who:
Usually, a lip lift is performed together with fat injection to the philtral columns and upper and lower lips. A nasal tip plasty and a chin implant are the most combined procedures. You can read more about upper lip lifts in this article.
The best decisions are informed decisions. Dr. Kirwan can help you learn more about a lip lift, explore other treatment options, and provide more personalized answers based on your individual needs. You can schedule a consultation and services for various types of plastic and cosmetic surgery in Norwalk, with Dr. Kirwan.
After making your decision and choosing a surgeon, the next step is a consultation. Be prepared to discuss:
During your consultation, Dr. Kirwan will examine your face, as well as take photos to show simulated results before and after surgery. Dr. Kirwan will also show you examples of surgical results performed by him personally.
Surgery is normally performed under conscious sedation with local infiltration anesthesia or local anesthesia alone. It is important to overcorrect the amount of lip shortening since the lip will lengthen after surgery, over time. Dr Kirwan will perform the lip lift surgery as discussed in your consultation.
Your plastic surgeon may perform one of several lip lift methods, such as:
Lip Lift only
Lip Lift with Fat Injection
Lip Lift with nasal tip plasty
Lip Lift with chin implant
Lip Lift with other procedures
It may take some time to fully recover and see your results after a lip lift. Although you will see an immediate result it will take 6-12 months to see the final result. However, many patients can return to work or Zoom videoconferencing in about one week and resume other activities (like playing sports and working out) in approximately two to four weeks. Wearing a mask during the Covid19 pandemic will speed return to being able to get outside without attracting unwanted stares.
Following surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising. To help reduce swelling, Dr. Kirwan might suggest wearing applying ice packs for 48 hours and then in the morning for about a week or up to 14 days, depending on which type of surgical procedure you had.
Be sure to follow any instructions provided by Dr. Kirwan and his staff, before and after plastic surgery to ensure a smooth procedure and recovery.
"My experience before, after and during my surgery was most pleasurable. the expertise and knowledge of Dr. Kirwan and each of his staff members was most impressive. The results of my surgery were amazing! I couldn’t be happier. Thanks again!"
Consult with the best and most experienced plastic surgeon in Connecticut to discuss all your options before you make your final decision.
Dr. Kirwan, because of his extensive experience, international connections and exposure, understands an enormous variety of techniques, which he utilizes to individualize the result for each patient.
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*Disclaimer: results are not guaranteed, may not be permanent, and can vary per individual. Before and after photographs of surgical results are of procedures performed solely by Dr. Kirwan. Some images on this web site are of models, not actual patients.