Lip Lift: Get A Permanent Kylie Jenner Pout

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Jan. 18, 2017, 9:04 a.m.

With Kylie Jenner being the poster child for full lips, she’s blazed the trail for women across the world to start looking into procedures to give them plumper pouts. A popular trend is lip injections with fillers like Restylane, but those are temporary and need consistent maintenance. Plus, if you’re not a fan of needles, you’ll have to suck it up and bare through the multiple pricks.


Many don’t realize that there is a permanent solution to fuller lips. A lip lift is a surgical procedure that involves increasing the volume of the upper or lower lip for a more aesthetically appealing look.


Ideal Candidate:


This procedure is beneficial for a range of ages - women who were born with thin lips or who have noticed the volume of their lips shrinking as they age, who may feel self-conscious about their mouth shape or who compare themselves to the women they see on instagram whose lush lips are their biggest accessory.  


How It Works:


The procedure is normally done under local anesthesia, where the patient is alert while the area is numbed.


An incision is then made right under the columella, and a small strip of skin and tissue from underneath the nose is removed. This lifts the upper lip into a perfect pout, exposing more of the pink portion of skin and exposing about ⅛” of the teeth. The procedure takes about 90 minutes.


Recovery ranges from 7-10 days, depending on how quickly your body heals. During this time you’ll most likely experience swelling and a sensation of tightness around your mouth. Swelling will gradually go down and virtually disappear about a month.