Lip Lift

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Lip Lift Philadelphia

Improve the shape and fullness of your upper lip with an effective procedure that can replace the need for fillers and achieve a more youthful, proportionate smile. A lip lift beautifully unfurls the upper lip, revealing an attractive, full lip shape.

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Achieve Lasting Lip Symmetry

Many people rely on facial fillers or BOTOX to enhance the appearance of the mouth. While they are certainly effective, fillers and BOTOX are temporary and can only do so much. A lip lift achieves proper proportion between the upper lip and the rest of the mouth and facial features, creating beautiful symmetry and lip fullness. Results are so long-lasting they can be thought of as permanent.

Why Choose Dr. Pontell?

Dr. Jonathan Pontell is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in procedures such as lip lifts. With 27 years of experience, he is an authority in the field of facial plastic surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, holding membership with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

His state-of-the-art Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center provides a luxurious, comfortable experience for patients in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia. With Dr. Pontell, the aesthetic journey for patients is customized, understanding, and detailed, resulting in stunning outcomes that appear natural and nuanced.

Patients find relief in knowing they are in the hands of an expert who values the patient experience. Not only does Dr. Pontell provide the highest quality results, but he also provides his cell phone number so that patients can access his exceptional care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What Is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift is a surgical procedure that shortens the skin between your upper lip and nose and unfurls the upper lip, enhancing its shape and size. The surgery also refines the upper lip shape into more of a cupid’s bow. A lip lift produces a more balanced appearance in harmony with the rest of the face, making the overall appearance more youthful and appealing.

What Does Lip Lift Surgery Correct?

Genetics or age can cause the upper lip to partially cover your teeth when you smile, resulting in a smile that looks unusual or causes you to appear older.

Additionally, when the red of the upper lip begins to curve inward, the lip can look thinner, and the appearance of your smile can change. A lip lift effectively resolves the following concerns:

  • Sagging upper lip
  • Curving or rolling inward of the upper lip
  • A thin upper lip
  • A smile partly covered by a drooping upper lip
  • A disproportionate or lengthening distance between the upper lip and the nose



Lip Lift Philadelphia

Local anesthesia is injected into the upper lip area to increase patient comfort during the procedure. Dr. Pontell will draw marks under your nose outlining where the incision will be placed. The incision is made very carefully in the natural folds of the skin to hide any scarring. Dr. Pontell then removes a small section of skin just under the nose. He gently lifts the lip toward the nose, securing it with sutures.


There will be swelling and soreness in your upper lip area for a few days after your procedure. Keep your incision clean, and use the prescribed antibacterial ointment as directed for the first week. While you’ll be able to get back to sedentary work and many of your usual activities quickly, avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity for about two weeks.

What Procedures Can Be Combined With a Lip Lift?

A lip lift pairs well with a number of other facial procedures because it is a simple, short surgery. Common procedures combined with lip lift surgery include faceliftbrow liftrhinoplastyneck lift, and eyelid surgery. If you’re interested in a combination procedure, Dr. Pontell will discuss these options during your consultation.

Benefits of a Lip Lift

A lip lift is a popular choice with patients because it includes the following benefits:

  • Achieves a full, appealing upper lip
  • Can minimize the need to have repeated BOTOX or filler treatments on the lips
  • Results are very natural-looking
  • Rejuvenates the lip area for a more proportionate and youthful facial appearance
  • Helps achieve an attractive smile that shows the upper teeth
  • Is considered a permanent lip enhancement
  • Quick procedure with minimal downtime and a short recovery period

Ideal Candidate

Patients who want a more permanent lip enhancement without depending on fillers or BOTOX are likely candidates for a lip lift in Philadelphia. Ideal candidates can meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good health
  • Have no serious medical concerns
  • Do not smoke
  • Have an increased distance between the red of the upper lip and the nose
  • Have realistic expectations for what a lip lift can achieve