Lip Lift Surgery Sydney

What is a Lip Lift?

Over time, our lip becomes longer, flatter and the vermillion or red part of the lip, which covers most of the top teeth, becomes thinner. Lip lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that shortens the distance between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip. The surgery helps achieve the following:

  • Boost the red-lip border definition, giving your lips a sharper and more defined edge.
  • Shorten the philtrum, the vertical groove between your nose and upper lip, which can appear elongated with age


Lip lift surgery aims to shorten the vertical length of the lip. Lip lifts increase the display of teeth at rest and with expression. Essentially, a lip lift can also improve the shape of the lip.

What to expect from a Lip Lift

Lip lift surgery strategically removes a carefully measured amount of skin just under the nose. Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Liew’s technique involves a deep plane lip lift where the procedure follows the closure of the wound in a deep plane to reduce any lip tension, and reduce scarring.

Lip Lift Surgery:

  • Procedure time: 1-2 hours
  • Downtime required: 7-10 days

Disclaimer: All surgical procedures are performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeons, Dr Steven Liew (FRACS) and Dr Ania Smialkowski (FRACS). No before and after image is guaranteed to be the same. Individual results and recovery times may vary. All procedures carry inherent risk. Please contact Shape Clinic on 02 8356 2888 to discuss this with your practitioner before proceeding with treatment. Written and verbal consent for the use of images on our page has been given by all patients photographed. ⁠

Post Lip Lift Recovery & Care

Following lip lift surgery, proper recovery and care are crucial for optimal healing and achieving the best results. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect and important tips for your post-operative journey:

What to Expect?

Swelling and bruising: These are common and most prominent in the first 24-48 hours, peaking around day 3-4. You may experience tightness and difficulty speaking.
Numbness and tingling: This is normal due to temporary nerve manipulation during the procedure. It gradually resolves within weeks.
Bleeding: Some minor bleeding from the incisions is expected. Apply gentle pressure with gauze as directed by your surgeon.

Post-Operative Care

Ice packs: Use ice packs wrapped in a thin towel to reduce swelling and discomfort. Apply for 15 minutes at a time, with 15-minute intervals in between.
Elevation: Sleep with your head elevated on extra pillows to minimize swelling.
Movement: Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting. Light walking is encouraged to promote circulation.

Like to know more about your treatment options?

Email us at or contact us on (02) 8356 2888 to book your consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there any risks associated with Lip Lift surgery?

Lip lift surgery, like any procedure, carries potential risks. Dr. Liew will thoroughly discuss these during your consultation. Understanding them beforehand helps you make an informed decision about achieving your desired outcome.

Does Lip Lift surgery hurt?

Pain during lip lift varies. Local anesthesia numbs most, but there may be pressure or tightness. After surgery, you can expect soreness like a sunburn, however this is managed with over the counter medication

What are non-surgical options to achieve a lip lift?

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