Ben Talei, MD
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Lip Lift FAQ

What reasons does a person have for choosing a lip lift?

A lip lift provides facial balance, which can significantly enhance the appearance of a person’s face. For many people, shortening the length of the upper lip is actually beneficial. While a longer upper lip is perfect for some people, others can improve their attractiveness and regain youth with a shorter lip. A heavy upper lip can crowd the face and lack definition. A lip lift procedure creates a more defined upper lip and a more eye-pleasing Cupid’s bow.

One of the main components of the mouth, when speaking or smiling, is the teeth. Hooded teeth detract from the overall attractiveness of a person. A lip lift can completely change the function of the mouth, which significantly improves the visual appearance of both the lips and teeth.

While lip fillers are a great option for many people, they don’t always work as expected. This is not necessarily an issue with the fillers, but rather a result of a down-pointing or under-turning lip. A lip lift corrects the problem with the shape of the lip, providing a permanent solution.

The best case scenario is that you will no longer need fillers. However, at the very least, the lip lift will ensure that fillers work for you in the future.

What is the perfect lip ratio for a person’s face?

You may have heard that the ideal lip ratio is 1-1.6. However, several factors influence this lip ratio. As a result, there is no such thing as a perfect ratio because the number for each person is different. Instead of thinking in terms of perfect ratio, it is better to consider the relationship between the white lip and the rest of your face. Your bone definition, the shape of your face, and the length of your teeth are just some of the factors which impact lip ratio.

When you consider that the white lip can fall anywhere between 9mm-27mm in length, it becomes clear why pinpointing the perfect lip ratio is not based on a simple formula. For most people, ideal lip length will fall between 9mm-18mm. This estimate is not set in stone, however, and will depend entirely on the overall features of the face.

Am I a good candidate for a lip lift?

In the past, lip lifts were reserved for patients over the age of 55. Additionally, the procedure was normally only performed on people with lighter, thinner skin due to the higher possibility of scars forming after the procedure. Advancements in technology and techniques now allow us to perform a lip lifting procedure on people as young as 20, regardless of skin color.

Is a lip lift a popular procedure?

The procedure has always been popular within a particular age group. Now that the procedure is suitable for all ages, there has been a significant increase in popularity among patients aged between 20 and 40. Our younger patients are sharing their success stories, which is giving others the confidence to have the procedure performed.

Can everyone have a lip lift?

There are some people who are not suited for this procedure. One of the most common reasons for unsuitability is a significantly high proportion of the teeth that shows. If lifting the lip would result in further showing of the teeth, the patient won’t get the desired result of improving his or her features. However, a referral to a cosmetic dentist who can perform a tooth shortening treatment may address this issue. In those cases, the procedure may still be an option.

Will you need to remove a lot of skin?

The amount of skin removed will depend on your needs. We will remove anywhere between 5mm to 7mm of skin. Realistically, the amount is more likely to fall at the higher end of the range. As this is a cosmetic procedure, we will always keep within the safest range for each individual patient. Removing excessive amounts of skin results in prolonged healing times, which we know is not ideal for our patients.

What are the chances of noticeable scarring occurring?

The object of the procedure is to release the tension from the lip prior to lifting by releasing the skin and muscle attachments around the lip. This part of the procedure is carried out in such a way that the skin is not stretched, but is instead distributed evenly. The stitches are attached to the ligaments that surround the bones at the base of the nose. This step is important, as stitching to the wrong area is what causes scarring to occur. Our technique is designed to promote healing and prevent scarring. We do not want our patients to have any concerns about scarring, especially because the procedure is intended to enhance the appearance of the face.

How long will it take to show results?

Typical results will begin to show after about three weeks. You will be able to go about your daily life, without any noticeable signs that you have had the procedure done. You will be provided with follow-up treatment to help reduce swelling and ensure that you are healing as expected.

As your lip settles, you will begin to notice further improvements. After three to four months, you will see the full benefit of having the procedure. However, you can look forward to seeing more definition and a better lip ratio a year after your lip lift.

There are few other procedures which continue to show results for such a long period after treatment has been completed. Our new patients are often referred based on positive feedback from past patients on this one aspect of treatment alone.

Why does the procedure show improved results with time?

The main reason that you will continue to see improvements is due to the softening of the lips, skin, and tissues. The technique that we use also promotes healing, which means that incisions fade significantly or disappear completely over time.

Because of the minimal risk of scarring, there is no need to have further treatment carried out once the lip has had time to fully heal. A year after you have had your lip lift treatment performed, family and friends will still be giving you compliments on your beautifully defined lips.

What are the risks?

There are risks when having a lip lift. However, those risks are greatly reduced by only having treatment carried out by a certified plastic surgeon. Typically, risks include the lip becoming infected, excessive scarring and fluid building up after the procedure. A board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Talei, will take great care to prevent these risks from becoming reality. If you have had silicone implants in your lips, it is important to let us know. Many of our patients opt for a lip lift due to the adverse effect of silicone causing the lip to droop. You can still have a lift lip procedure; however, you may experience increased swelling due to the silicone.

How can I find out more about this procedure?

If you would like further information that isn’t covered in this FAQ, we invite you to reach out to one of our team. Give us a call today and we can help you make an informed choice on whether a lip lift is the right choice for you.

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Based on 15 reviews

Peter S.
Literally one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the world. You will NOT regret being treated by this highly skilled professional. He's a mensch, too.
darci t.
I am absolutely ecstatic about my results!!!!!! I am a model and actress as well as an occasional TV host. I have been performing upkeep for my face and lips in Beverly Hills for years and I was convinced I was with the most talented and famous surgeons and dermatologists, but boy was I wrong! One visit with Dr. Talei and my life has changed. He clearly and quickly explained the slow imbalance which had happened in my lips and face over time and we planned for a lip lift procedure. I did this under local anesthesia with no pain at all! He's the ONLY surgeon who can do this with NO scarring. All other doctors I reviewed had scars on at least half their patients. Now all of my friends in plastic surgery and fashion compliment me much more and they have no idea what I had done. This man is AMAZING!!!!
Jennette C.
I went to Dr Talei for under eye filler using Restylane. Dr Talei was very thorough with each step in the process and made me feel very comfortable. The procedure was quick and painless! My under eyes have always been an insecurity for me and when I looked in the mirror after he was done I was beyond impressed with his work. I felt more confident and beautiful. I was able to leave his office and go right back to work! I highly recommend Dr Talei. He's friendly, has a lovely staff and truly cares about making his patients happy.
Lauren F.
My experience with Dr. Ben Talei was very positive. He answered all my questions prior to the procedure and made me feel very comfortable. Before meeting him, I had heard all the rave about his work, and I am so glad I went through with the visit. I was very insecure with my "eleven" deep wrinkles in between my eyebrows, he was very fast and clean with this procedure and I couldn't be more grateful for this minor adjustment that has brought me a major confidence boost. Thank you Dr. Talei
Bryan B.
Ben is a skilled professional. I would have no hesitation recommending Ben and his team to my friends or family. He is passionate about his work and this passion shows in the exceptionally high standard of care that he provides to his patients (both in his practice and in his humanitarian work). You’re in good hands with Ben and his staff!
Danielle B.
I used to see Dr Ben in New York and now I fly to LA to see him. I have no room for error and he is absolutely the only plastic surgeon I trust. Everyone else seems to be out for money. Every time I'm in his waiting room all I hear is praises and how he's the greatest. I completely agree. He's the most talented surgeon I've ever seen. It's worth the flight
Kelly H.
I have worked in health care in Los Angeles for over 20 years and have always hesitated in referring plastic surgeons to my clients. Dr. Ben Talei, MD is in a class of his own. I am so pleased to be able to refer to Dr. Talei without hesitation, and consistently receive outstanding feedback on him. Dr. Talei brings a wealth of experience and exceptional skill, along with cutting edge techniques to his practice. Not only does Dr. Talei excel in every facet of care, but he has also cultivated a warm, kind and patient bedside manner that is second to none. Dr. Talei's office is a dynamic patient focused environment, I urge you to visit him!
Holly K.
Ben is amazing! Was my first time getting botox and it was virtually painless. Marks were gone in minutes. Thanks Ben you're the best!!!