Achieving fuller lips permanently is attainable with a lip lift in San Diego. When most people think a facial plastic surgery, they think of lifting things that have fallen from gravity. We want to lift jowls, lift eyelids and lift sagging necks. That is why facelift and blepharoplasty exist. Often overlooked is the aging that happens in the lip. Gravity also has an effect on the upper lip. With time the upper lip elongates and the lip itself gets thinner. While lip augmentation can help, it does not change the gravitational pull that has happened to the upper lip. Sometimes trying to inject a thin upper lip with filler will not lift it, but only gives it a duck-like appearance. That is where a surgical lip lift comes into play.


A lip lift is a great option for anyone with a thin elongated upper lip. By reshaping the lips, it reverses the appearance of thinning lips and adds more prominence and definition. There are a variety of lip lift techniques that can be used to give you the look you desire.

Type of Lip Lift Procedures

There are different kinds of lip lift procedures. It is important to understand the techniques and types of procedures in order to make an informed decision when choosing which lip lift procedure is right for you.

Subnasal Bullhorn Lip Lift

In this type of lip lift this type of lip lift, Dr. Balikian makes an incision that is hidden along than base of the nose. It is called a bullhorn lip lift because the incisions resemble a bullhorn shape. The left right and center of the lips are pulled upwards.

Corner Lip Lifts

Corner lip lifts are sometimes referred to as “grin lifts” as they give the corner of your mouth and upward turn. Dr. Balikian reserves these lip lifts for patients with a very downturned corners of the mouth.

Good Candidates for Lip Lifts

Lip lifts are a great option for patients who have lost lip volume because of aging. It is also considered by younger individuals who were unable to achieve their cosmetic goals through fillers. They might also feel that fillers do not offer that natural fullness and give preference to lip lifts. It’s best to be in good overall health, with no conditions that could hinder proper healing.



During your consultation for a lip lift, your medical history will be reviewed to assess your compatibility. Dr. Balikian will ask you questions about any underlying conditions, past surgeries, and current medications/supplements. Discuss your expectations with Dr. Balikian, since they will aid in creating your highly individualized treatment plan.


The lip lift procedure begins with the application of anesthesia. Photographs may be taken for before-and-after comparison. Incision sites are marked for precision.

Incisions are created, and then tissue is repositioned to achieve the desired outcome. The whole lip lift process can take 45 minutes to about an hour to compete.


There will be some swelling and bruising around the lip following surgery. Stitches from a lip lift stay for just a week and the scar heals and fades away within one year. Some patients may feel uncomfortable going out in public for a week or two following their lip lift.

Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

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The cost of a lip lift procedure depends on a multitude of factors, especially with the specialized care and bespoke approach Dr. Balikian offers to clients. The overall price may be impacted by the anesthetic fees, along with various surgical fees.

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Contact Balikian Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for your lip lift in San Diego. Dr. Balikian is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon with specialized training in aesthetic surgery of the face. He can provide you with beautiful results from your lip lift.

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