Can A Subnasal Lip Lift Be Done On Out Of Town Patients?

Q:  Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a subnasal lip lift. I have had other minor plastic surgery procedures which were done with very good results, little scarring and very little down time. My upper lip is my greatest area of facial concern due to the length of my upper lip. It actually seems to be getting longer as I get older. It was always a little long even when I was younger but time is not making it shorter! I can send you pictures if you like. I live out of the states so please let me know if  this procedure is something that could be accomplished with an out of town surgery visit. Thanks so much!

A: Thank you for your inquiry. A subnasal lip lift is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in an office setting under local anesthesia. It is a delicate and precise lip procedure but the process to do it and the recovery is the simple part. It is a common procedure that patients from far away come into Indianapolis for me to perform. There is no physical recovery required with minimal swelling and virtually no bruising. One could have it done and leave for home whenever they want. There is no reason to stay here afterwards. I always use tiny dissolveable for the skin closure so the patient has no need to return for their removal. Please send me a picture of your lips for my assessment to determine if a subnasal lip lift procedure is for you.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana