What can Lip Lift surgery achieve?

Achieve a naturally fuller and more defined pout with the transformative power of lip lift surgery. Unlike temporary lip fillers, this procedure offers a long-lasting solution for enhancing your lips’ appearance. Over time, factors like aging can cause lips to lose volume and the space between the upper lip and nostrils to elongate, impacting your overall facial harmony and making you appear older than you feel. Experience plumper, more vibrant lips without the ongoing reliance on injectables. Unveil a rejuvenated smile that radiates confidence and beauty with the expertise of specialist plastic surgeon Dr Scott Turner.

What is a lip lift?

A lip lift is a cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of the upper lip by creating a more defined and youthful look. During the procedure, a small incision is made either under the nose or along the border of the nostrils, and excess skin is removed to lift the upper lip. This results in a more prominent vermilion border (the border between the lip and the surrounding skin) and an increased display of the pink portion of the upper lip. A lip lift can help improve lip fullness, reduce the appearance of a long or thin upper lip, and restore a more balanced and attractive facial appearance.

Benefits of Lip Lift surgery

Discover the transformative benefits of an Upper Lip Lift in Sydney, NSW, and enhance your facial harmony with the expertise of a renowned facial plastic surgeon.

  • Unlock a radiant smile that showcases more of your upper teeth, rejuvenating your overall facial appearance while speaking or smiling.
  • Achieve a balanced and harmonious smile, ensuring a more aesthetically pleasing presentation. This procedure is particularly beneficial for those seeking to enhance their smile when dealing with prominent bottom teeth.
  • Experience a more balanced jawline, reducing the appearance of a protruding lower jaw.
  • Achieve optimal facial balance by improving the ratio between the upper, mid, and lower face.
  • Furthermore, enjoy the added advantage of plumper lips, creating a fuller and more noticeably plump appearance.

Consider combining the Upper Lip Lift procedure with lip augmentation and fillers for even more stunning results. Trust in the expertise of a leading facial plastic surgeon in Sydney, NSW, to unveil your true beauty and boost your self-confidence.

Before & After Facelift Photos

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Lip Lift Techniques

Experience the artistry of facial plastic surgery and discover the various lip lift procedures tailored to your unique lip shape and size. With the guidance of Dr Turner, a leading facial plastic surgeon, you can select the perfect lip lift surgery for your desired outcome.

  • Bullhorn Lip Lift: The sub nasal bullhorn lip lift is a popular choice, involving an incision under the base of the nose shaped like bull’s horns. This technique pulls the lip closer to the nose, achieving a harmonious balance.
  • Central Lip Lift: Similar to the sub nasal bullhorn lift, the central lip lift reduces the distance between the nose and lips. Through a precise incision at the lower nose, this procedure enhances the aesthetic appeal of your lips.
  • Corner Lip Lift: Also known as a grin lift, the corner lip lift imparts a delightful smile-like appearance by lifting the corners of your lips. Whether performed alone for those with droopy corners or combined with a central lip lift for a fuller effect, this procedure adds a charming allure to your face.
  • Direct Lip Lift: For a defined lip border and fuller-looking lips, the direct lip lift is an excellent choice. By removing a thin strip of skin above the upper lip and exposing the vermillion, this technique enhances the lip’s natural contours and adds volume.

Unveil your radiant smile and enhance your facial features with the expertise of a specialist plastic surgeon, trust in the skill and precision of Dr Turner and his team to deliver exceptional results tailored to your unique needs. Elevate your confidence and beauty through advanced lip lift procedures in Sydney, NSW.

Who is a suitable candidate for Lip Lift surgery?

Enhance your natural beauty and rejuvenate your appearance with a lip lift surgery tailored to your specific needs. If you desire to minimise the space between your nostrils and lips while achieving fuller, lifted lips, this procedure is ideal for you. While temporary treatments like fillers provide quick results, the constant upkeep may not align with your lifestyle. For a more permanent solution, a lip lift surgery offers long-lasting benefits.

Attracting discerning individuals like yourself, this procedure is designed to provide lasting satisfaction and a timeless appeal. To ensure optimal results, it is essential to prioritise your health and well-being. As a healthy non-smoker or someone willing to abstain from smoking before and after the surgery, you can greatly benefit from this transformative procedure.

Unleash your inner radiance and explore the possibilities of a lip lift surgery, customised to meet your unique needs and desires. Embark on a journey of timeless beauty and self-assurance, guided by skilled professionals dedicated to delivering exceptional results.

Recovery after Lip lift – Post Lip Lift Care

The right post-treatment care will impact your results. Here are a few tips to follow after lip lift surgery that will help you with recovery and getting an optimal result:

  • Make sure to rest well 24 to 48 hours after the surgery
  • Avoid all kinds of strenuous workouts for at least a week or two after the surgery
  • Sleep on your back and avoid sleeping on your sides or stomach – avoid putting pressure near the wound
  • Do not move your lips excessively for the first week or two after the surgery
  • Take care of your incisions as per your surgeon’s instructions to avoid infections.
  • Avoid eating anything that requires you to open your mouth widely or hard to chew foods – try smoothies, soups and softer foods for the first few days post-surgery.
  • Rinse your mouth after eating your meals
  • Use a baby toothbrush to clean your teeth every morning and night. Be extremely gentle
  • Take all the medications, on time as prescribed by your surgeon
  • Use a lip balm to keep your lips moisturized at all times after the wound has healed
  • Do not skip the follow-up appointment with your surgeon.

Risks and Potential Complications of a Lip Lift

Every surgery comes with a certain degree of risks and complications. Lip lift surgery is no different. Here are a few of the possible risks associated with the surgery:

  • Swelling and bruising around the lips is a common side effect of the surgery but these effects don’t last very long
  • Some patients experience poor wound healing or infection – Avoid using lip cosmetics for a few days after the surgery or till your incisions heal fully.
  • Infection is always a concern if you don’t care for your incision site properly. Take special care on keeping your incisions clean and dry at all times during the healing phase.
  • Scarring is a common concern with certain types of lip lift surgery. It is good to follow all the post-surgical care instructions
  • Blood loss can be a problem with some patients during the surgery
  • One of the less common risks is nerve damage
  • A few people also get an allergic reaction to anesthesia

Next Steps

Your Cosmetic Plastic surgery consultation

During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.

Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.



Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.


Book a consultation

Submit an enquiry through our website or give us a call before booking your consultation. To ensure you are a suitable candidate for your desired procedure, Dr Turner asks to review your images before making a booking. This saves time and money if you are not a suitable candidate, in which case our lovely team will help direct you to an alternative procedure.


Meet with Dr Turner

Once your images have been approved and your consultation has been booked, we ask that you prepare any questions you may have for Dr Turner, as well as some images of desired outcomes for your surgery, this helps ensure you and Dr Turner are on the same page when discussing realistic results.


More questions?

Looking for more information before your consultation? You can book an additional 15min complimentary consultation with one of our patient liaisons here https://calendly.com/patients-bookings/patient-consult?month=2023-02


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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions about Lip Lift Surgery

Can you talk after lip lift?

Yes, you definitely can talk after a lip lift surgery. However, it is best to restrict your lip movement and talking for at least two days after the lip lift.

How do you care for a lip lift incision?

Make sure to rinse your mouth with water every single time you eat. Clean the incisions as instructed.

How long after a lip lift can you smile?

You could smile immediately after a lip lift. It is best to restrict lip movement including smiling for at least a few days after the procedure.

How long does lip lift take to heal?

The full healing period can take up to six to twelve weeks
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When should I have a facelift?

There is no defined age that is best to undergo facelift surgery – we all age differently according to our genetics and environmental experiences such as sun exposure, skin care and smoking. Facelifts can be performed from early 40′s to late 70′s. Benefits usually last longer when a facelift is performed on a younger person who still have good skin elasticity.

How long will my facelift last?

Due to the natural ageing process and the effects of gravity. Facial ageing will unfortunately continue. With that being said, your face will always look younger than it did if you had never had a facelift done. Overall, this procedure tends to reset the clock, leading to a 10+ year advantage over individuals of the same age. If, over time, you would like an additional facelift, it is generally not as comprehensive as the initial surgery.

Will people be able to see that I’ve had a facelift?

After getting a facelift, many patients mention that their friends and family make remarks about how they look fresh and rested. People might ask if you have been away on holiday or if you’ve “changed something”. There is no characteristic look of a facelift. Forget about the problems with the old fashioned unnatural face lifts. Modern procedures are undetectable. The procedure simply restores your youthful look and no one will be able to tell you’ve had anything done. You’ll just look like a well-rested and fresh version of you.

Do you do fat transfer as part of a facelift?

Fat transfer are an integral component of any facelift surgery, to give complete rejuvenation of the face. The concept of the volumetric facelift, combines the benefit of restoring facial volume associated with ageing with fat injections combined with lifting and tightening the deeper facial structures with a SMAS facelift procedure. There are very few patients that don’t benefit from the addition of fat grafting as part of a facelift procedure.

Will I have any scars?

The incisions used during a facelift, will depend on the procedure and the technique used. For instance, the incisions made for a traditional facelift will differ from a short-scar facelift or midface lift. With incisions made in natural borders, hairlines, and folds, once fully healed, they will be barely noticeable. At first, they may be pink and slightly raised, but within the first few months, they will begin to quickly fade.

How quickly will stitches be removed? How quickly will I heal?

Once you leave the hospital, a follow-up appointment will be made within the first 7 days. At this time, Dr Turner will assess your wounds and remove stitches. After this step is completed, it’s recommended that you commence topical silicone ointment along the incision line. Overall, most patients look presentable after the first 2 weeks. The full healing time for soft tissue and skin will be around 6 months. Although scaring may be red and itchy at first, within the first few months, they’ll begin to lighten. After 1-2 years, they will soften and be barely noticeable.

How long will I need to take off work?

More patients can return to work after 2 weeks following surgery. Within the first 3 days, you will likely experience swelling, which then settles after approximately 1 week. Overall, the healing process is rapid, and you will be able to return to your regular routine within 2-3 weeks. At 2 weeks, for instance, you can generally begin to perform light exercise, gently increasing activity levels over 6 weeks.

Will I need a drain after my facelift?

Yes, in most cases. Drains are used to gather excessive fluid after a facelift procedure. Your drain will be removed the day after your procedure. If you’re having a short scar facelift in a limited area, you might not need a drain. Dr Turner will advise you before the procedure so you know exactly what to expect.

Do hairlines shift after a facelift?

During your consultation with Dr Turner we evaluate which incision placement is best suited for you. If you require a large amount of skin removal than an incision placed along the hair line will minimize any hairline shifts which are an unfortunate stigma of having a poorly executed facelift surgery.

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you  beautiful results. He is one of Sydney’s great Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a focus on face surgeries in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most effective and safest surgical procedures. 
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.