Lip Lift Surgery

Lip lift surgery can banish a disproportionately long upper lip and result in a more harmonious and balanced face. The desirable consequence of the lip lift procedure is that it will increase the actual lip show, creating the appearance of a fuller lip.

Known as the rule of facial “golden proportions” as described by Leonardi da Vinci, the ratio between the upper lip’s skin and the total height of the upper and lower lip should be 1:1.618. Coppergate Clinic has years of experience performing lip lift procedures and can improve the shape of your lips, boosting your self-confidence in the process.

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  • What is a lip lift?

    Lip lift surgery is a procedure for correcting a long upper lip. When the length between the upper lip and the base of the nose reach becomes excessive, this can create an unbalanced appearance. A simple lip lift procedure can remove the descended skin, restoring and enhancing your lips’ shape. This procedure often leads to a fuller lip appearance, and it can be combined with plasty mucosal advancement surgery to further enhance the fullness of your lip.


  • How is a lip lift procedure carried out?

    As every client’s skin and required goals are unique, a detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon is essential before undergoing your lip lift surgery. During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all) and expected outcomes.

    Should a lip lift be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment course, the procedure will be carried out in our newly refurbished operating theatre.

    After careful evaluation and a discussion regarding the desired result, the treatment area is very precisely marked, and reference lines are drawn. Following the administration of local anaesthetic, a sliver of skin is removed from beneath the nose. The incisions are planned so that the resulting scar will sit close to the folds beneath the nose. When the desired reduction is achieved, the wounds are carefully sutured, and antibiotic cream is applied.

  • Will my lip be swollen following the lip lift procedure?

    Following your lip lift procedure, minor swelling can be expected for a couple of days after surgery, and the lip may look tight. This quickly settles as healing progresses.


  • When can I have lip fillers again following lip lift surgery?

    Lip fillers may be used six weeks after your lip lift surgery, providing the recovery process has gone as planned.

  • Will the scar from my lip lift be visible?

    During lip lift surgery, the incision is placed around the natural crease beneath the nose. The shape and depth of this crease differs from individual to individual. Therefore the ability to hide the scar in the fold varies. A small scar will always be visible and will usually settle as a fine line. As with scars in other locations, a small group of people have a genetic susceptibility to forming lumpy scars that may be more noticeable.

  • Is there any downtime following lip lift surgery?

    Following your lip lift procedure, the surgical area will be a little swollen and may lightly bruise. Antibiotic ointment should be applied sparingly once a day. The sutures are carefully removed after five days, and light tapes are applied to support the wounds for a couple of days to give them time to strengthen.

    You will be given full advice on scar management at your appointment.

  • What pre and post-procedure advice must I follow?


    We are governed by CQC guidelines which state a consultation must be carried out prior to any surgical appointment being booked. The consultation must be conducted at least two weeks but not more than four months prior to the surgery.

    On the day of treatment, patients are advised to eat and drink as normal. Eating something sugary such as a biscuit ahead of the procedure is also recommended.

    Contact lenses should be removed before arrival at the clinic.


    Patients should not drive for 24 hours post-procedure. Therefore arrangements for a taxi or driver should be made.



Upper Lip

Anaesthetic Type

Application of local anaesthetic at the treatment site ensures total comfort for the duration of the procedure

Procedure Time

90 minutes


Following the administration of local anaesthetic, a sliver of skin is removed from beneath the nose, when the desired reduction is achieved the wounds are carefully sutured and antibiotic cream is applied.


Once sutures are removed, patients should expect to see a shorter, fuller upper lip resulting in a more harmonious face


Following the procedure the surgical area will be a little swollen and may lightly bruise. Sutures are carefully removed after five days


Excess skin is permanently removed



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