Gullwing Lip Lift
The Gullwing lip lift increases the size of the lips by creating incisions around the entirety of the lip directly at the border that separates the lip from facial skin. The Gullwing lip lift is a good alternative for patients who also wish to permanently advance the position of the lower lip or for men with facial hair who can then more easily conceal the surgical scar.
Gullwing Lip Lift
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About the Procedure
The Gullwing lip lift technique can be used to create a permanently larger upper and/or lower lip. The Gullwing lip lift, also know as a vermilion lip advancement, augments the lip directly at the border of the mouth. Unlike a subnasal or Italian lip lift, there is no scar underneath the nose. Scars will be concealed within the pigmented portion of the lips. Before the lip lift surgery begins, the area around the mouth will be marked for where the skin will be excised. Once the patient has been anesthetized and the treatment area is completely numbed, incisions will be made and excess skin will be removed. The edge of the lips will then be advanced outward to cover the areas where the skin has been excised. This in effect creates the appearance of an enlargement of the lip. The procedure, however, does create fine line scarring along the lip line. The scar is faint enough to be entirely covered by the use of lipstick. This is the only lip lift procedure that can also be performed on the lower lip. Men with facial hair are good candidates for this procedure as resulting scars can be easily concealed. Costs range for this procedure from $3,000 to $4,500.
The goal of a Gullwing lip lift is to create fuller lip volume.
What to Expect
The Gullwing lip lift is a surgical procedure that removes some of the skin above or below the vermillion border then repositioning the vermillion to reform its border. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Gullwing lip lift.
- An antibiotic and antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Stop taking any blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- No eating or drinking 6 hours before the procedure
- Local anesthesia with sedation
- Incision made along vermillion border
- Strip of skin is removed
- Vermillion is grasped and pulled outward into its new position
- Sutures to close
Following a Gullwing lip lift the mouth will be sore and swollen. Limit expressive movement of the mouth such as laughing, yawning, or talking. Do not eat anything that will necessitate opening the mouth wide. A liquid or soft diet will likely be recommended while healing.
The ideal candidate for a Gullwing lip lift presents with an elongated white lip or has height mismatch between the white lip and red lip.
Not Recommended For
Gullwing lip lift is not recommended for candidates with active infections in or around the mouth such as herpes, lupus, blood-clotting diseases, diabetes, or heavy smokers unwilling to quit for a short period.
Side effects from a Gullwing lip lift may include swelling, scarring, infection, and bleeding.