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Patient Notice Regarding COVID-19

Our patients, visitors, employees and family are our top priority at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc. At this time we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness consistent with the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while continuing to provide the highest level of medical care.

  1. We always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness.
  2. Hand washing is strictly followed and sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. If you have traveled in the past 14 days to countries with widespread transmission or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of these countries in the past 14 days, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  4. If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  5. If we notice that you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, we will reschedule your appointment.
  6. If your appointment is rescheduled for the above reasons and you are in need of immediate treatment, please call your family physician for advice and instructions.
  7. We request that you refrain from bringing visitors to your appointment unless they are needed to assist you.
  8. Nonessential visitors will be asked to wait in their car or outside of the office.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation

- Your team at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc.

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 the shape and size. With a lip lift, the upper lip shape is also refined into more of a cupid’s bow. After a lip lift, the mouth is more balanced and symmetrical, and the overall appearance is more youthful and appealing.

What does a lip lift 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.

With age, the red of your upper lip begins to curve inward, causing the lip to look thinning and the appearance of your smile to change. When your upper lip is thin, your smile can look “gummy,” meaning a wide section of the gums show and the lip disappears.

A lip lift effectively resolves the following concerns:

  • Sagging upper lip
  • Curving or rolling inward of the upper lip
  • A gummy smile
  • 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

Many people rely on facial fillers or Botox to correct these concerns. 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 a beautiful symmetry and lip fullness. Results are so long-lasting, they can be thought of as permanent.

What should I expect during a lip lift?

Local anesthesia is injected into the upper lip area. Dr. Pontell will draw marks under your nose where he will make the incision. This is made very carefully in the natural folds of the skin to hide any scarring.

Dr. Pontell will then remove a small section of skin just under the nose. He will gently lift the lip upward 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 antibacterial ointment provided for the first week, as directed by Dr. Pontell.

Most patients need between 1-4 days to rest and recuperate. 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.

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Why choose Dr. Pontell?

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

His practice, The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center, provides a luxury, comfortable experience for patients. With Dr. Pontell, the aesthetic journey for patients is customized, understanding, and detailed, resulting in stunning outcomes that appear natural and nuanced. Call today to find out more about what can be achieved with a lip lift at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center.

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