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What is a gullwing lip lift?
Also know as a direct lip lift or vermilion advancement of the lip, a gullwing lip lift is a surgical procedure to alter the size of the upper and/or lower lip augmenting volume.
Anatomy of the Lip
In a gullwing lip lift, incisions are made around the entire mouth (along the vermilion border), excess skin is removed, and the edge of the lip is advanced outward to augment the size. A gullwing lip lift will cause a fine scar along the border of the lip where it meets the facial skin (a.k.a. the vermilion border). Lipstick for women and facial hair in men will typically completely obscure the scar.
What cosmetic concerns does a gullwing lip lift procedure treat?
- Lip Size: The gullwing lip lift is a lip augmentation procedure to enhance the volume of the upper and/or lower lip by altering the position of the vermilion border.
Who is the ideal candidate for a gullwing lip lift procedure?
Ideal candidates for a gullwing lip lift include older patients and younger patients who have an elongated white upper lip, a height mismatch between the white lip and red lip (pink part) of the upper lip, or thin lips. Lip lifts are not recommended for those with infections in and around the mouth or on the upper lip or lower lip, smokers unwilling to quit around the time of the procedure, and those with certain chronic conditions.
What is the average recovery associated with a gullwing lip lift procedure?
Most gullwing lip lift patients resume normal activities within two days. Modifications to a soft diet and limitations on strenuous activities may last up to two weeks. Patients should limit excessive movement of their upper lip and lower lip. Most swelling and bruising will resolve within two weeks.
What are the potential side effects of a gullwing lip lift procedure?
Possible side effects from a gullwing lip lift procedure include bruising, bleeding, swelling, numbness, and scarring around the vermilion border of the upper lip and lower lip.
What can someone expect from the results of a gullwing lip lift procedure?A gullwing lip lift will provide immediate and permanent results. Swelling and wound healing will resolve over about two weeks.
What is the average cost of a gullwing lip lift procedure?
This is a one time permanent surgical procedure that can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,500. The actual cost of the procedure is dependent upon location, surgeon, and length and involvement of the surgery. Remember this is a cosmetic surgery (not a reconstructive surgery) and so it will not be covered by insurance.
- Loss Of Vermillion Definition
- Lip Border Irregularities
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
Immediately After Treatment
- Swelling around the mouth and lips
A gullwing lip lift is a procedure to augment the size and volume of the upper lip and lower lip through incisions around the vermilion border. Scarring is very common with this procedure, but can be obscured by lipstick or facial hair.