Upper Lip Lift Surgery Sydney NSW

An Upper Lip lift surgery is a permanent solution for fuller, youthful lips

Lip fillers are great for lip enhancement. But they just don't last.

A lip lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that permanently rolls your upper lip outward and pulls it upward. This brings more “pink” lip tissue out, making your lips look plumper and bigger.

Surgery to lift the upper lip is an excellent option for both young and old patients wanting permanently plump well-exposed luscious lips. No more fillers and botox every 4 to 6 months.

A long upper lip or philtrum is an early sign of ageing and can prevent your upper teeth from showing.  While some people are born with pursed or thin lips,  lips can also roll in as we age, as the tissue & skin above the lips becomes more lax.

Plastic Surgeons Dr Jeremy Hunt and Dr Maryam Seyedabadi perform upper lip lift surgery for their patients in Sydney and Wollongong New South Wales.

They can use different lip surgery techniques customised to your needs, including the subnasal bullhorn lip lift, central lip lift, corner lip lift, and direct lip lift.




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What Is An Upper Lip Lift?

An upper lip lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to make your lips permanently look fuller and bigger. The key to lip enhancement surgery lies in shortening the distance between the base of the nose and the border of the upper lip (cupid’s bow). This area under the nose is called the philtrum. By shortening the philtrum and pulling the upper lip upward, more “pink” will roll outward, giving you more prominent lips – both at rest and when you smile. This pink part of the lips is called the vermillion.

Different Types of Lip Lift

There are several types of lip lift to choose from:

  • Direct lip lift
  • Subnasal bullhorn lift
  • Corner lip lift
  • Italian lip lift
  • Central lip lift

Your plastic surgeon will help you choose the best lip lift surgery for your cosmetic goals. Lip enhancement will improve the proportions of your face, permanently volumise your lips, and get rid of wrinkles above the mouth.

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Benefits of Lip Lift Surgery

Lip enhancement has several advantages that make it one of the most popular one-day cosmetic procedures our surgeons perform. Some of the benefits of an upper lip lift include:

  • Results are regarded as permanent – no more lip fillers
  • A natural way to lift the lips – no foreign material injections
  • Improves the proportions of the whole face – shortening the philtrum and augmenting the upper lip according to the perfect beauty standard proportions
  • Improves your mouth shape at rest – more “pink” showing, slight space between lips
  • Improves your smile – a broader and more significant smile
  • Short time to perform, usually under 30 minutes
  • Can be done under local anesthesia
  • Has a short recovery period, usually 2-3 weeks

When you get surgery to make your lips larger, you’re not just changing the shape of your lips. Your overall appearance and beauty depend on the proportion of different facial structures. When the space between the nose and lip (philtrum) is too large, it can affect your facial proportions and harmony.

Our surgeons follow proven beauty standards to reduce the philtrum and augment the lips to be perfectly proportionate with the rest of the face. It can change the way your whole face looks.

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Who is a good Candidate for the Lip Lift Surgery?

A lip lift is a wonderful facial cosmetic procedure and can be suitable for both younger and older patients. A lip lift may help if:

  • You have a thin upper lip – either due to genetics or early ageing
  • You want to avoid getting fillers every few months
  • Fillers are giving you unsatisfactory results (e.g. a pronounced duck beak appearance)
  • You want to reduce wrinkles above your lips
  • The space between the base of the nose and upper lip is more than about 1.5 cm
  • You’re willing to stop smoking at least 4 weeks before and after the surgery
  • You are generally in good health

There’s no one single cause for thin inverted lips. It can be a result of ageing. As we age, skin loses elasticity, and the philtrum droops, causing the upper lip to disappear. Some people, on the other hand, are just born with small slender lips and want fuller plump lips..

How Is Lip Lift Surgery Performed?

There are several types of upper lip lift procedures. Dr Maryam and Dr Hunt will help you choose the surgery that suits you. In general, all the different types of lip lifting surgery can be done under local or general anesthesia. They all involve an incision in the skin between the nose and upper lip. Before the incision, your surgeon will use a surgical marker to draw the surgical lines. The location, shape, and size of the lip lift incision depend on the type of lip lift you get:

Bullhorn Lip Lift

Also called “subnasal bullhorn lip lift”. It involves a curvy incision along the lower border of the nose. The incision resembles a mustache or bullhorn (see image).

Your surgeon will precisely cut out a bullhorn-shaped piece of skin from under the nose. The lower edge of the incision is pulled up, lifting the upper lip and rolling it out. The incision is then closed with fine sutures along the base of the nose.

The bullhorn lip lift is one of the most commonly performed lip lift techniques at our clinic in Sydney. The top advantage of bullhorn lift is that it leads to almost invisible scars. The scar is so well hidden on the curves of the nose that they’re not noticeable. Moreover, a bullhorn lip lift produces sustained and dramatic cosmetic improvement. The lips are rolled out, obtaining more volume, and exposing more pink colour.

Direct lip lift

Also called “gullwing lip lift”. The direct lip lift is a popular way to permanently make the lips bigger. It involves a skin incision right at the vermillion border. That’s right above the lip, instead of under the nose (as with bullhorn lip lift). After cutting a thin piece of skin, your surgeon will roll the lip out and suture it in place. A direct lip lift can create a more defined upper lip border. However, it can leave a thin scar above the lip. Nevertheless, the scar is usually only noticeable by close observation.

Corner Lip Lift

A corner lip lift, also called “grin lift”, aims to improve your smile and give you a more cheerful look. Some patients naturally have a slight grin that makes them look sad or depressed. A corner lift improves this and turns the grin into a smile.

A corner lip lift involves 2 incisions, one at each corner of the mouth. Your surgeon will pull the sides upward and outward, creating a permanent more-smiley appearance. You can combine a corner lip lift with a bullhorn or gullwing lip lift for improved overall results.

Italian Lip Lift

An Italian lip lift is another option to make lips larger without fillers. It involves smaller incisions compared to central and bullhorn lip lifts. An Italian lip lift involves 2 small incisions; one under each nostril. Skin is cut out, and the lip is lifted and pulled up.

Central Lip Lift

A central lip lift is another surgical procedure to make the lips bigger. It involves a single incision right under the nose. It’s a smaller incision, compared to bullhorn and gullwing lip lifts. This type of lip lift gives more focus to the middle part of the upper lip. It lifts it and rolls it out, giving it more prominence.

In most cases, a lip lift can be done in the clinic. A hospital stay may not be required. You can go back home soon after surgery.

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Recovery After Lip Lift Surgery

Recovery after getting an upper lip lift is usually straightforward. Symptoms include slight bruising, lip swelling, pain, and numbness. The intensity will peak at day 2-3 and will then gradually start decreasing.

You can go to work 1-2 days after your lip lift surgery. Gently resume physical activity over time. However, it’s recommended that you avoid contact sports when recovering (risk of trauma). You can eat and drink normally, however, it might be a little uncomfortable the first couple of days. Your sutures need to be removed after 5-7 days (unless they are dissolvable sutures).

Your surgeon’s team will give you specific post op instructions and aftercare tips after your lip lift procedure.

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Lip Lifting vs Lip Fillers - Which Is Better?

Lip fillers are an excellent option to plump up the lips. However, they have a couple of disadvantages:

  • They are temporary – You will need fillers every 4-6 months
  • Injections can be painful
  • Although extremely safe, getting frequent injections means more likelihood of complications
  • Costs can build up with recurrent injections

A surgical upper lip lift is permanent. It’s a simple procedure that you only need to have once. So, compared to fillers, lip lifting has more advantages.

Lip Lift Cost Sydney - How much does lip lift surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

The cost of lip lift surgery is variable and depends on the type of surgery you receive. Dr Hunt’s team will provide you with an accurate quote after your first consultation.

Please contact the team for an estimate of your surgery cost.

Is lip lift surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

Medicare and insurance in Australia do not usually cover the costs of lip lifting. It’s considered a purely cosmetic surgery and so you will need to cover the costs.

Find out more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage for other Surgery, a Lip Lift Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for other face surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Lip Lift Surgery Worth It?

Getting a lips lift is worth it. It’s that simple. Realself Past Patient Survey data shows that 92% of women who get a lip lift find that it’s worth it. It is a simple and straightforward procedure with minimal recovery symptoms and downtime. Moreover, it has many wonderful advantages. It makes your lips more prominent and your facial features more proportionate. And the best part is that the results are permanent (no more lip needles).

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With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care and attention he offers and that begins from the day of first consultation. Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

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Meet Dr Maryam Seyedabadi

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined the Edgecliff practice of Dr Jeremy Hunt and is available now for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery including Labiaplasty & Liposuction.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her an excellent skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

Dr Maryam can offer a completely female surgical team in theatre for the many patients who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.


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Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s leading specialist plastic surgeons. With over 20 years experience and thousands of happy patients, Dr Jeremy Hunt is the smart choice for your plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.


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Considering Lip Lift Surgery?

How long does a liplift last?


A lip lift can last forever – it is regarded as a permanent change and hence must be done by an experienced plastic surgeon. It permanently changes the appearance of your lips, making them look larger and more pronounced until ageing takes its toll.

Is a liplift painful?


Lip lifting is not particularly too painful. Routine painkillers are usually enough to control pain after a lip lift.

Does a liplift change your nose?


A lip lift does not change the shape of your nose. Nevertheless, by changing the size of the lips and the philtrum, the whole proportions of your face will change. It will change the relative appearance of your nose and how it matches the rest of the face. It should be done by a lip lift expert that has facial surgery experience.

Does it change your smile?


Yes. A lip lift can reduce your grin and give you slightly more space between the lips at rest and when you smile. It can help to curve up the outer edges of your smiling lips.

Is it risky?


No. Very few risks are involved in a lip lift procedure. Wound infection, bleeding, nerve injury, and unsatisfactory results are some of the possible rare complications. These will be covered in detail by your surgeon during the consultation.

Which celebrities have had a lip lift?


Many celebrities are believed to have had their lips lifted. The list includes Hollywood stars like Megan Fox, Courtney Cox, and Kylie Jenner.

Do lip lifts look natural?


A lip lift can lead to a very natural look. The key is to perform subtle changes to avoid causing a “fake” or “overdone” appearance.

How long does a lip lift procedure take?


A lip lift procedure usually takes 20-30 minutes to perform.

Can a lip lift be reversed?


No but it could be revised. A lip lift is regarded as permanent and cannot be reversed. Lip lifting involves removing a tiny piece of skin, which is non-reversible. This is why you must be sure of your cosmetic goals and surgeon.

Can you drive home after lip lift?


You will need to arrange for someone responsible to take you home after lip lifting. You might be given sedative medications that would hinder your ability to drive. This person should also support you at home early in the recovery.

How long does it take for a lip lift scar to fade?


Scars usually mature over 6-12 months. The lip lift scar is well hidden in the folds of the nose. In 1-2 months, the scar will be much less prominent. By 6-12 months, it should fade away and barely be noticeable. Scar Minimisation treatments can also help reduce the scar.

Can you get a lip lift without surgery?


You can get a non-surgical lip lift using dermal fillers or botox. The downside of fillers is that they are temporary. You will need fillers about every 4-6 months as the area is very active.

How long do stitches stay in after lip lift?


Stitches stay 5-7 days after a lip lift.

Can you talk after lip lift surgery?


Yes. You can normally talk, eat, and drink after lip lift surgery.

What are the Complications and Risks of Lip Lift Surgery?


As with any other procedure, lip lift involves some rare complications, such as:

  • Wound infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve injury
  • Unsatisfactory results

In general, a lip lift is very safe and involves very few risks. To reduce the risk of complications and get the best out of your lip lift procedure, make sure you choose an accredited and experienced plastic surgeon.

Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam have extensive experience in facial cosmetic surgeries. Together, they’ve performed hundreds of facial rejuvenation and lift surgeries.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.


Dr Maryam Seyedabadi

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her an excellent skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.