Posted: May 3, 2018
Lip lifts are very powerful for feminizing the lips and giving a more youthful appearance.
This is a quick and easy procedure. It can be done in the office with just a few days of downtime.
What the Surgeon Sees
When training as plastic surgeons, in particular, the craniofacial aspects of plastic surgery, and aesthetic plastic surgery, you learn to notice certain features which are attractive. In a way we as plastic surgeons learn to deconstruct what is considered to be beautiful. This way we can work to enhance and slightly tweak features that the untrained eye wouldn’t have noticed. A great example of this is ‘incisor show’.
What makes an attractive feminine mouth?
Fun fact- it is attractive in the female face, when your mouth hangs open at rest, to be able to see some of your front incisor teeth. This is because as the face ages everything drops and your upper lip lengthens and eventually the “incisor show” disappears. You will notice that often models pose with their heads tilted slightly backwards to display their ‘incisor show’ which should be a few millimeters in females. What that lip lift does is, help to restore some of that ‘incisor show’ and subconsciously, the brain will pick up on that as a sign of beauty and youth. What the lip lift can achieve is it can show off both those teeth and the vermilion (red part) of the lips.
What to expect
The procedure is quick and easy. All we do is take some skin from underneath the nose. The patient can go to sleep if they choose to do so, but normally patients do very well wide awake, while we numb up this area completely. We take away a certain amount of skin, and close it up with some stitches, which will need to come out in about 5 days. You do look like you’ve had something done for about the first week. There are red marks left behind which last for about 2 to 3 weeks after that. You will expect to be completely back to normal in about 1 month. This procedure can be done by itself, or as a part of a more complete facial feminization. It is never covered by insurance in our experience.
Dr. Sidhbh Gallagher
University Gender Affirmation Surgery