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A flat, overly heavy, or age-depleted upper lift can compromise the appearance of the mouth, affecting the look of all the other features. Luckily, there is an elegant solution. A lip lift is an aesthetic procedure to shorten the space between the nose and the upper lip, giving the smile a more youthful, sensual appearance.

During treatment, a small section of skin under the columella is removed, allowing the upper lip contour to rise and reveal a portion of the teeth. Dr. Kwak delivers elegant, nuanced lip lift results that accentuate your innate beauty while minimizing cosmetic imperfections.

What is a lip lift?

A lip lift is designed to refresh and restore your smile, with results that are longer-lasting and more dramatic than can be achieved with dermal fillers. The procedure can help correct a flattened upper lip that hides the teeth. During treatment, your surgeon will excise a small piece of skin under the nose, shortening the vertical distance above the upper lip. This helps to roll the upper lift upwards, creating a more aesthetically pleasing and feminine contour. It can help to make the lips look plumper, fuller, and more youthful.

Dr. Kwak will carefully measure the proportions of your lips to ensure a balanced and personalized outcome. Lip lift treatment takes around one hour and is performed using local anesthesia.

What are the benefits of a lip lift?

  • Gives the lips a more feminine, youthful pout
  • Increases the pink portion of the upper lip
  • Improves the visibility of the teeth/li>
  • Plumps and volumizes the lips
  • An excellent alternative to fillers
  • Rejuvenates the appearance
  • Natural-looking outcome

Quick Facts

  • Each lip lift procedure is customized to the patient’s unique facial proportions
  • Lip lift results are long-lasting and sustainable
  • The procedure takes about one hour and can be done under local anesthesia
  • A lip lift is a perfect complement to other anti-aging treatments
  • Sutures are removed at the one-week mark
  • A lip lift is an excellent alternative to lip fillers for those seeking a more appealing smile
  • Improves the overall definition of the mouth and Cupid’s bow for an elegant and subtle appearance

Lip LiftBefore & Afters


What happens during a lip lift?

After local anesthesia is administered to the upper lip, Dr. Kwak will excise a small portion of the skin beneath the nose, shortening the vertical distance to the mouth. This is done in a tasteful, nuanced manner to support a natural-looking outcome. The incision is then closed. Lip lift surgery takes around one hour. Afterward, the stitches are removed within seven days, and the scar is virtually undetectable.

How long do the results last?

Unlike dermal fillers, which typically last 6-18 months, a lip lift will last for years to come.

Do I feel any pain during the procedure?

Only local anesthesia is needed with a lip lift to ensure you are completely comfortable during your treatment. Afterward, Dr. Kwak will provide you with oral pain medications. The entire process is not considered overly painful by most patients.

What does recovery look like?

Side effects after a lip lift are minimal, with only minor discomfort occurring at the treatment site. Patients can take pain medications for the first few days. Most clients can expect to return to work within around 72 hours. Stitches are removed within the first week after a lip lift, and the scar is generally imperceptible.

Am I an ideal candidate?

With the aging process, the ligaments stretching from the base of the nose to the mouth begin to weaken, causing the upper lip to sink down between one and three millimeters every ten years. The pink portion of the lip begins to shrink, and the lips appear less full. Additionally, the definition in the Cupid’s bow begins to decline. A lip lift can combat these changes and restore an ultra-sexy pout that is naturally stunning.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential that clients be mentally and physically healthy non-smokers who are free from any major medical issues such as bleeding disorders or hypertension. Patients should have a positive, realistic attitude towards their treatment based on a private consultation with Dr. Kwak and his team.


“I have been thinking about getting a lip lift for many years now, and so ecstatic I finally did it! Dr. Kwak and his team were so caring every step of the way. I couldn’t have wished for a better experience. The healing process was a lot easier than I expected and my results speak for themselves!”

How much does a lip lift cost?

Typical pricing in New York City for a lip lift ranges from $3,500 to $6,500. Factors that can influence the cost include the type of anesthesia chosen (Dr. Kwak most often uses local anesthesia), the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, and others.

While fees do matter, you should never choose your plastic surgeon based on cost alone. Dr. Kwak is a double board-certified authority on facial plastic surgery and will ensure your utmost safety during the entire process as well as beautiful, personalized results. If you choose a practitioner based on a low price, you may end up paying more in the long run when you have to undergo a time-consuming revision procedure to correct past mistakes.

Why choose Dr. Kwak?

It takes a leap of faith to place your aesthetic appearance in the hands of a plastic surgeon. Dr. Kwak understands your risk and delivers a patient experience that is stress-free, rewarding, and ultimately empowering. As a double board-certified veteran in the field of facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kwak’s lip lift results are elegant and nuanced, never fake-looking or exaggerated.

Dr. Kwak obtained his medical training from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Award and the Eli Lilly/K.K. Chen Pharmacology Award. He then completed a series of elite residencies at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, followed by a prestigious fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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