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HARRY MITTELMAN, MD
SPECIALIZING IN FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY

Lip Lift

Lip Lift is an option if you are not happy with your lips. When considering a surgical alteration of your lips, it’s important to remember that achieving natural looking results must be age appropriate. For example, the voluptuous lips of a 20-year-old will look unnatural on someone much older. Surgical solutions are a good option for a person with very thin lips, a significant asymmetry between the upper and lower lip and a droopy upper lip.

It’s no surprise: as we age, everything that can sag, will sag.  This goes for our breasts, our stomachs, even our butts.  Over the years, the elasticity, firmness, and size of various parts will diminish.  There may be one area you are not anticipating though . . . the lips.

When we get older, especially as a woman, the lips begin to lose their fullness; they thin and lengthen.  The corners of the mouth begin to turn down, and without the sculpted volume in our lips, the face takes on a stern expression, and our soft, feminine profile is erased.  The narrowing of the upper lip can actually eliminate appropriate coverage of the front teeth!

If you look at photos of yourself, and notice these changes in your kisser, a Lip Lift may be just the procedure for you.  A Lip Lift, also known as lip shortening surgery, restores youthful fullness to the lips.  The procedure involves removing a small piece of skin, right below the base of the nose.  This pulls the lip up, shortens the stretched-out length, and gives back our pucker.  Lip symmetry can be adjusted by the amount of skin removed, getting rid of any cock-eyed smile we might have taken on.  Since the incision is made right at the crease below the nose, scarring is generally well hidden; there are no obvious traces that the procedure has been done.

Lip Lift – A lip lift can help return the upper lip skin, muscle and underlying tissues to a more youthful contour, giving you a younger-looking smile. The lip lift is performed with an incision directly underneath the nose placed in fine creases and wrinkles so that when healing is complete all incisions are camouflaged.

What should I expect after my surgical lip augmentation?

Our philosophy is to see you early and often after treatment. So many questions arise in the first two weeks following any surgery that we believe setting up a series of appointments for that time period alleviates any anxiety a patient may have about the recovery process. We will do a careful exam and more importantly, answer any questions you may have. Your sutures will be removed four to five days after surgery. Our core objective is to provide a safe, comfortable surgical experience that aspires to restore your appearance and aims to produce natural results.

When performed by an experienced professional, like Dr. Mittelman, lip augmentation can be an extremely satisfying procedure. Most importantly, lips should look balanced and natural. Please contact our office at

650-941-8888 to learn more about lip augmentation and find out if you are a candidate for this procedure.

To rejuvenate the mouth area, the Lip Lift can be used in conjunction with fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane, which are great at plumping and removing lip lines.  A Lip Lift does more than perfect your pucker; the procedure is about achieving total facial harmony, by restoring the mouth to its once youthful appearance.  If you decide this surgery might be for you, call us to schedule your consultation at 650-941-8888.

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“I have been going to Dr. Mittelman for various procedures since 1999. He is personable, easy to talk to and absolutely sane about what to do and when. I appreciate his calm advice as much as i do his surgical skills, which are_the best_ A special note about the staff – they are considerate and…”

Hank B.

“I had my upper eyelids done by Dr. Mittelman. I was expecting improvement, but I think the results are fabulous. Dr. Mittelman and I talked a lot about what I was hoping to get out of the surgery and what he thought was possible. I had some wrinkles and heavy “hooding” that made me look…”

Mary S.

“Over the years I have had different procedures done by Dr. Mittelman. I prefer to have the smaller surgeries as I go along the way, they are less invasive and provide more natural results. Dr. Mittelman has delivered excellence in professionalism each and every single time. H is an excellent plastic surgeon, more like a…”

Jaqueline D.

“Dr. Mittelman, the master of administering BOTOX with fabulous results! His staff is super friendly and their office is extremely diligent in providing a safe, sterile, and clean environment, particularly during these unprecedented times – COVID-19”

KM from Monte Sereno

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