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Facial Plastic Surgery Sydney

Lip Lift Surgery


The lip lift procedure improves the aesthetics of your lips
by addressing asymmetry or thinness in the upper lip,
resulting in a fuller lip appearance. 

Advantages of the lip lift procedure:


• Creates a plumper upper lip
• Has a very natural aspect
• Tightens the skin above the upper lip
• Reveals more of your upper teeth
• Permanent volume and definition for your lips without injections


The procedure can be performed independently or
alongside other facial procedures such as facelift and neck lift.


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“Lip lift surgery is a precise and refined method for restoring balance and vitality to the lips, reflecting the artistry of facial aesthetic surgery.
Through meticulous attention to detail and expert surgical techniques, I aim to highlight your natural beauty with subtlety and grace. I particularly appreciate the transformative potential of this procedure, tailored to complement your unique facial features and positively impact your smile.
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About Lip Lift Surgery

Discover the transformative power of the lip lift, a surgical procedure expertly designed to restore facial proportions. Dr Vlad ILLIE specialises in creating natural-looking lips, addressing age-related upper lip elongation to reduce the heaviness of the upper lip and achieve a plumper aspect.

As we age, lips lose their fullness, and the distance between nose and lip increases. As a result, the upper lip starts to look thinner and fold inward, completely covering the upper teeth and having a droopy aspect. By shortening the distance between the nose and upper lip, the lip lift procedure achieves a naturally enhanced lip positioning with long-lasting results and no further need for lip fillers. 

Lip lift surgery can positively impact your smile, by increasing teeth exposure and reducing heaviness in the upper lip. With advanced incisional design, unnoticeable scar results are possible, making it a popular choice either as a standalone procedure or combined with others for a comprehensive facial treatment approach.

What are the types of Lip Lift?

There are several types of lip lift procedures, each tailored to address specific concerns and achieve desired outcomes:

  • Subnasal Lip Lift: The subnasal lip lift, also known as the bullhorn lip lift, involves removing a small strip of skin beneath the base of the nose to elevate the upper lip. Additionally, the muscles are tightened, and the upper lip is raised to its new position. The procedure typically lasts about 90 minutes in total, with a recovery time of 5 to 7 days.This technique leaves virtually undetectable scars and can be performed under local anesthesia
  • Corner Lip Lift: This procedure focuses on lifting the corners of the mouth to create a more uplifted and balanced smile. It involves removing a small triangular section of skin at the outer corners of the lips.
  • Gullwing Lip Lift: In this technique, a horizontal incision is made along the vermillion border of the upper lip, allowing the lip to be lifted and shortened. This creates a more defined cupid’s bow and increases tooth show.
  • Modified Lip Lift: A combination of various techniques may be used to customize the procedure based on the patient’s unique anatomy and aesthetic goals. This approach allows for a tailored outcome that addresses specific concerns while preserving natural lip contours.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is a highly experienced plastic surgeon specialising in lip lift surgery in Sydney.

How long do Lip Lift results last?

The results of a lip lift procedure are permanent, with no regular repeat treatments needed.

Over time, some natural aging effects may gradually impact the results, but many patients enjoy the benefits of their lip lift for decades. It’s essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow post-operative care instructions to optimise and prolong the results of the procedure. 

Lip Lift recovery

Recovery from lip lift surgery is generally quick, with sutures typically removed 5 to 7 days post-surgery. No bandages or dressings are applied to the lips, and washing and showering are encouraged as soon as desired. At the end of the procedure, you will be given an antibiotic ointment to apply to the incision lines three times a day. Most people who undergo the lip lift procedure are back at work after 5-10 days.

Recovery from lip lift surgery typically involves several stages:

  • Immediate Postoperative Period: In the first few days following the procedure, patients may experience slight swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the lips and nose. Pain medication and cold compresses can help manage these symptoms.
  • First Week: During the first week, avoiding strenuous activities and following the surgeon’s instructions for wound care is essential. Patients may also need to stick to a soft diet to minimise strain on the lips.
  • One to Three Weeks: Swelling and bruising gradually subside during this period, and patients begin to see initial results. However, the healing process continues, and avoiding activities that could disrupt the incision sites is indicated.
  • Long-Term Recovery: Full healing of the incisions takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, you may also experience a feeling of mild tightness, which can persist for 2 to 4 months as part of the healing process. The scars gradually fade and are almost unnoticeable once healting is complete.

Overall, the recovery process for lip lift surgery varies depending on individual factors such as healing ability and the extent of the procedure. It is important for patients to closely follow Dr Vlad ILLIE’s guidance to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is a highly experienced plastic surgeon and a specialist in facelift and lip lift surgery in Sydney. 

Who is Lip Lift surgery indicated for?

Lip lift surgery is indicated for individuals who desire to address specific concerns related to the appearance of their lips, such as:

  1. Lengthening of the upper lip due to aging or genetics.
  2. Lack of tooth exposure when smiling, which can occur with age-related changes.
  3. Thin or flat upper lip, either naturally or as a result of aging.
  4. Asymmetry or disproportion between the upper and lower lips.

Candidates for lip lift surgery should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure. During the consultation, Dr Vlad ILLIE will assess the best approach for your particular case.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is a highly regarded specialist plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, with excellent results in facelift and lip lift surgery in Sydney.

Lip Lift vs Lip Fillers

The choice between lip lift surgery and lip filler injections depends on individual preferences, concerns, and goals, as well as factors such as budget, downtime, and tolerance for risk. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon provider can help individuals make an informed decision and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for achieving their desired lip enhancement results. 

The table below illustrates some pros and cons for each of these two procedures:

Lip Lift Surgery:


  1. Permanent Results: Lip lift surgery provides long-lasting results, as it addresses the underlying structure of the lips by shortening the distance between the nose and upper lip.
  2. Customisation: Surgeons can tailor the procedure to the individual’s aesthetic goals, addressing specific concerns such as lip length, shape, and symmetry.
  3. Natural Appearance: Lip lift surgery can achieve a more natural-looking enhancement by reshaping the lips in proportion to the rest of the face.
  4. Address Multiple Concerns: Lip lift surgery can correct issues such as a long upper lip, lack of tooth exposure when smiling, and thinning lips.


  1. Surgical Risks: As with any surgical procedure, lip lift surgery carries risks such as assymetry, infection, scarring, suboptimal cosmetic improvement and nerve damage.
  2. Downtime: Recovery from lip lift surgery typically involves downtime for swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can last several days to weeks.
  3. Permanent: While considered a pro for some, the permanence of lip lift surgery means that any undesired results are more challenging to reverse.

Lip Filler Injections:


  1. Non-surgical: Lip filler injections are minimally invasive and do not require surgery, resulting in minimal downtime and a quicker recovery compared to lip lift surgery.
  2. Temporary: Lip filler injections offer temporary results, allowing individuals to experiment with different lip shapes and sizes without committing to permanent changes.
  3. Reversible: In the event of undesired results or complications, lip filler injections can be dissolved using hyaluronidase, providing a reversible option.


  1. Temporary Results: While lip filler injections offer immediate results, they typically last for 3-4 months to a year before requiring touch-up treatments.
  2. Repeat Treatments: Lip filler injections require regular maintenance treatments to maintain results, which can add up in terms of cost and time commitment.
  3. Potential Side Effects: While uncommon, lip filler injections can cause side effects such as bruising, swelling, asymmetry, or allergic reactions.
  4. Limited Correction: Lip fillers may not be suitable for addressing certain concerns, such as a long upper lip or lack of tooth exposure when smiling, which may require surgical correction.


Dr Vlad ILLIE is a highly regarded specialist plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, with excellent results in facelift and lip lift surgery in Sydney.

Are there potential risks for Lip Lift surgery?

Lip lift surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks and potential complications. Some of the risks associated with lip lift surgery include:

  • Infection: There is a risk of infection at the incision sites, which can lead to delayed healing or other complications.
  • Scarring: While efforts are made to minimize scarring, there is a possibility of visible scars at the incision sites, particularly for patients who have been smoking or where are complications with wound healing.
  • Asymmetry: There is a risk of asymmetry between the lips or other facial features, particularly if the surgery is not performed with precision or if there is uneven healing.
  • Nerve damage: The surgery involves the manipulation of tissues near nerves, which can result in temporary or permanent numbness, tingling, or other sensory changes in the lips or surrounding areas.
  • Unfavorable aesthetic outcomes: Despite careful planning and execution, there is a possibility that the results of the surgery may not meet the patient’s expectations or aesthetic goals.
  • Delayed healing: Some patients may experience delayed wound healing, which can prolong the recovery process and increase the risk of complications such as infection or scarring.
  • Allergic reactions: In rare cases, patients may experience allergic reactions to anesthesia, medications, or other substances used during the surgery.

It’s important for individuals considering lip lift surgery to discuss these risks and potential complications with Dr Vlad ILLIE and to carefully weigh the benefits and risks before proceeding with the procedure. Additionally, Dr ILLIE’s qualifications and experience as a plastic surgeon can help minimise the likelihood of complications and optimise the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is one of the best plastic surgeons specialising in facelift and lip lift surgery in Sydney.

    How much does Lip Lift surgery cost?

    The Lip Lift surgical procedure is done under local anaesthetics in our surgical procedure rooms.

    For details on pricing, please contact us at (02) 9101 4707 or submit an enquiry though the contact form below.

    Dr Vlad ILLIE is one of the best facelift and lip lift plastic surgeons in Sydney.

    Dr Vlad ILLIE's wealth of experience and guidance will assist you in selecting the ideal facial aesthetic approach tailored to your unique needs.
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    Great microsurgical skills are crucial for plastic surgeons to perform complex reconstructive procedures, such as breast and facial reconstruction, which involve the transfer of tissue and reattachment of  blood vessels and nerves. These delicate procedures require precision and extensive expertise to achieve optimal results and minimise the risk of complications. With advanced microsurgical skills, Dr Vlad ILLIE can offer his patients safe, effective, and long-lasting solutions to their aesthetic and reconstructive needs.

    Through direct involvement in managing an experimental microsurgery laboratory during his early training and subsequently instructing practical microsurgery courses, Dr Vlad ILLIE acquired the professional expertise to handle complex reconstructive cases and revisions from previous operations. 

    For further information about Dr Vlad ILLIE’s research publications in the microsurgical field and for his contribution to microsurgical training, please click here.

    Further information

    For lip lift and facial cosmetic surgery interventions, please book a consultation with Dr Vlad ILLIE, Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr ILLIE will provide further information on the treatment and specific recommendations for your circumstances.

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