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Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago

Upper Lip Lift


Upper Lip Lift Chicago

The upper lip lift is one of many adjunct surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments performed by Plastic Surgeons who are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  As the face ages, the skin and soft tissue deflates and sags with time.

The perioral region and specifically the upper lip are not immune to the aging process. The upper lip develops signs of aging and appears deflated, thin, long, and wrinkled.

The tell-tale signs of the aging lip are the increased length of the cutaneous lip, the absence or decrease of upper tooth show at rest and while smiling and a thin vermillion or the red part of the upper lip.

The upper lip lift is a surgical procedure that was pioneered by Plastic Surgeons in the 1970’s and 1980’s to improve the aesthetics of the perioral region in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Parit Patel is considered a top provider of the upper lip lift in Chicago based on his qualifications and experience with this cosmetic treatment.

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Self-verified patient of Dr. Parit A. Patel
“I had an Upper Lip Lift procedure by Dr. Patel and I am very happy with my results.”


An upper lip lift is a good option for older patients that have developed lengthening of the upper lip over time, deflation, and decreased upper tooth show.  For the younger patient, an upper lip lift can be advantageous for patients who have longer upper lips and for patients where fillers are not ideal solutions to improve the aesthetics of the upper lip.

However, for younger patients, many are not good candidates for an upper lip lift since in most cases, the cutaneous lip is not long and the upper tooth show at rest is aesthetically pleasing.  Younger patients in most cases are better candidates for lip augmentation with filler since this improves the fullness, symmetry, and overall aesthetics of the vermillion or the red part of the upper lip.  Additionally, placing a scar at the base of the nose can be very visible and unnecessary in the younger patient.

The overall goals of an upper lip lift are:

  • Shorten the upper lip
  • Increase upper tooth show
  • Evert the white roll and vermillion of the lip
  • Improve asymmetries of the upper lip
  • Shorten the appearance of the middle 1/3 of the face
  • Improve the aesthetics and youthfulness of the lips and mouth


When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will review your treatment goals with you and perform a facial aesthetic evaluation to see if you are a good candidate for an upper lip lift.  Be prepared to discuss your current and long term aesthetic goals.


An upper lip lift is typically performed in the office setting under local anesthesia.  Before the start of the procedure, surgical markings will be made of the upper lip, the important landmarks, and upper lip lift design.  Local anesthesia will be administered so that you will not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure.  Your plastic surgeon will then make precise incisions with a surgical scalpel to perform the procedure and to remove the excess upper lip skin.

The wounds will be cleansed and precisely closed in layers in order to conceal the incision and minimize the appearance of a scar.

The procedure can take approximately 30-60 minutes and post-procedure and wound care instructions will be provided afterwards.  Recovery after the treatment is typically 2-3 days.  Suture removal is performed at 1 week and scar management instructions are provided afterwards.  It is important to follow your post-procedure instructions closely.


Recovery after an upper lip lift is typically 2 to 3 days, after that timeframe patients may resume their normal level of activity.  It is important to avoid sun exposure or soaking the treated area in a pool or bathtub for 7-10 days after the treatment.  Wound care instructions will be provided after the procedure and should be followed closely.  Sutures that are placed at the time of the surgery are typically removed at 5-7 days.


There are potential risks that can be associated with any procedure. The potential risks of an upper lip lift may include:

  • Redness, bruising, or swelling at the treatment site
  • Infection
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetries

Overall, an upper lip lift is a safe and effective treatment to improve the aesthetics of the upper lip and mouth.  As cosmetic procedures are becoming more popular and more unqualified practitioners are performing them, it is important for patients to do their homework.  We recommend finding a practice where a board certified plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is performing the procedure.

Always make sure that the surgeon performing the procedure is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and that the surgery is being carried out in an accredited surgical facility.

All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.


The average price of an upper lip lift can range from $2,000 to $5,000.  A breakdown of all costs associated with the procedure will be provided at the time of your consultation.


If you would like to improve the aesthetics of your lips or reduce the signs of aging and have a more youthful appearance, contact our office to schedule a consultation. You will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss your specific cosmetic goals and determine if an upper lip lift in Chicago is the best treatment approach for you.

All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.



Happy for this patient and her transformation. This patient is transfemale who underwent facial feminization. Can you tell what surgeries were performed? Still have to perform the tracheal shave. Posted with permission.

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6 month follow-up on a mastopexy augmentation case. The patient’s goals were to have her breasts lifted and the volume restored after pregnancy. No patient has perfectly symmetric breasts, which is normal. This case was challenging because of the asymmetries of the nipples; trying to lift, augment, and level the nipples all at the same time is difficult. Many variables to control but the post-operative photos demonstrate improved symmetry with all of the patient’s goals achieved. Posted with permission.

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6 month follow-up on a challenging revision rhinoplasty case. The patient had 3 prior rhinoplasty surgeries by another surgeon and was not happy with the aesthetics of the dorsum or tip. In the pre-operative profile views, you can see a dorsal hump, under-projected tip, and abnormal alar-columellar relationship. On frontal view, there are asymmetries of the dorsal aesthetic lines and C-shape deviation of the nose. The goal of the surgery was to make the nose straighter, improve the dorsum and tip proportions, increase tip projection, and improve the alar-columellar relationship. Look closely at the post-operative profile views and how the tip, nostril and columella appear. Posted with permission.

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Many ways to do a breast augmentation but the periareolar incision is a great option because the scar becomes imperceptible as the scar matures. This patient is 6 months out from a breast augmentation and the access incision we made was at the bottom border of the nipple areolar complex. It’s hard to see the scar at this point and the scar gets even better at the 12-18 month mark. Also, nipple sensation is unaffected after surgery. The other incisions that plastic surgeons use include an incision underneath the breast, at the breast fold, or the armpit. Each incision has their pros and cons but the periareolar is my preferred approach.

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Challenging #gynecomastia case where the patient had grade 2/3 gynecomastia or male breasts with excess skin and significant asymmetries. The challenging part of this case relates to how to manage the excess skin and achieve a symmetric result. Do you remove the excess skin which will leave scars or try to contract the skin with minimally invasive techniques? In this case I performed liposuction, removed the breast tissue through a nipple incision, and performed #Renuvion to facilitate contraction of the skin. Posted with permission.

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3 month follow-up on this patient who wanted improvement in the projection of her chin and definition of the jawline. The patient has retrogenia or a small chin and underwent #chinaugmentation with a #genioplasty. In the pre-operative photos, you can see the chin is short and recessed and therefore I moved the chin forward and down. In the post-operative photos you can see improvement in the projection of the chin, a more defined jawline and neck, and a more balanced lower 1/3 of the face. This case highlights the advantages of a genioplasty versus a chin implant, a chin implant cannot lengthen and advance the chin to the same extent that a genioplasty can. Posted with permission.

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A 1 year follow-up on a patient who wanted a rhinoplasty to remove the dorsal hump and improve the aesthetics of her tip. In this case the dorsal hump was removed, the nose made straighter, the tip refined, and the tip rotated and projected more. Her new nose fits her face without overtly changing the ethnic features of her face. Posted with permission.

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Proud of our research team for getting this important manuscript published in the #1 plastic surgery journal in the world. In this study, we looked at the published literature to develop guidelines on how to treat visual impairments related to droopy eyelids and excess skin of the eyelids.

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Happy for this patient who underwent full facial rejuvenation surgery, which included a brow lift, upper/lower blepharoplasty, facelift, neck lift, and facial fat transfer. How much younger does he look now? Posted with permission.

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Amazing transformation for this lovely patient who wanted to have fuller, more symmetric, youthful, and natural breasts. The patient underwent a #breastaugmentation with gel implants. Posted with permission.

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One year follow-up on a #BBL or Brazilian butt lift. As you can see from the post-operative photos, the fat that is transferred stays and is permanent. Posted with permission.

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Male patient in his late 60’s who was able to turn back the clock after undergoing a #facelift, #neck lift, #blepharoplasty, and #fattransfer. Pay close attention to the “bags” underneath the eyes, the jawline, and neck. The scars have healed nicely and are inconspicuous even with short hair. In the post-operative photos, the patient has maintained his natural facial features and anatomy, but just looks like a more youthful version of himself. Posted with permission.

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