Lip Lift

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Like elsewhere in the body, the upper lip will lengthen with age as it loses skin elasticity. A long upper lip contributes to the appearance of facial ageing. As such, an upper lip lift is an increasingly popular procedure to reduce signs of ageing (a long upper lip) and increase the appearance of full looking lips (much like lip fillers, without the repeat injections). This can also be done to improve dental show if your upper teeth are always hidden below a long upper lip.


An upper lip lift is performed by making an incision at the base of the nose, where the incision line is carefully camouflaged. A small amount of skin is removed and some of the upper lip skin is released to allow it to nicely re-drape. The skin is then pulled upwards and closed in layers.

Results & Aftercare

There is generally minimal aftercare following an upper lip lift. A small amount of swelling and bruising is normal. Dr. McInnes will see you 5-6 days after your procedure to remove some of the tiny sutures himself. Dr. McInnes prefers that no makeup is worn on the incision until at minimum 48 hours after the sutures are removed.

The results of the upper lip lift will be notable right away, however, the final lip position will be obtained after 3-6 months, when the surgical site has time to fully mature. The carefully placed scar below the nose will take 1 year to fully mature. All scars thicken to some degree early on, and Dr. McInnes will advise you on how to take the best care of your scar, including sun avoidance, applying SPF facial moisturizer, scar gel and scar massage.


There are risks associated with your surgery. Please download the consent form designed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for a detailed list and description of the risks involved (found here). Risks of surgery will be discussed prior to your consent. It is important to address all your questions directly with Dr. McInnes.

Cost of a Lip Lift

The cost of a lip lift in Vancouver starts at $5,500. Financing plans are available and are an increasingly popular option.


If you wish to speak with Dr. McInnes about deep-plane neck contouring, please contact our office for a consultation.