Will A Lip Lift Improve Tooth Show?

Q: Dr. Eppley, My upper lip is big and hangs over my teeth. i am looking for a lip lift. I am in my mid 50s Am I good candidate for it. Will my upper lip look bigger or the same.

A: An upper lip lift, presumably through a subnasal incision location, would produce only a minimal amount of lip lift as it relates to improving tooth exposure. It would make the central part of the upper lip look bigger. If you are happy with the current size of your upper lip, a subnasal lip lift would not be the appropriate procedure. If you do not mind more vermilion upper lip enlargement, then it would be a reasonable procedure to do. But it may take a concurrent lip tuck-up done from the inside the lip as well to get the desired amount of improved tooth show.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana