Lip Lift Surgery – Lip Reduction Sydney NSW

Lip Lift Surgery – Upper Lip Lift Surgery by Dr Turner in Sydney NSW

A lip lift surgery can help make your lips look bigger and create a perfect pout without the ongoing need for injectables like lip filler. The results of the lip lift or lip augmentation surgery are considered a more permanent solution. As you age, your lips can become thinner and the space between the upper lip and nostril can lengthen. This can affect your overall appearance and make you look older than you really are. An upper lip lift surgery can help restore the youthful appearance of your lips and make them look fuller and plumper without injectables.  Dr Scott Turner is a Plastic Surgeon and Facial Rejuvenation expert in Sydney NSW can help.

Benefits of an Upper Lip Lift may include:

  • Showing more of your upper teeth to rejuvenate or improve your facial appearance when smiling or talking
  • A better smile – Giving your smile a more balanced or harmonious appearance
  • Enhancing your smile if your +bottom teeth feature prominently
  • Balanced Jawline – Reducing the impression of having a protruding lower jawline
  • Facial Balance – Improving the ratio of the lower face or balancing out the upper, mid and lower face
  • Plumper Lips – Allowing the lips to appear fuller or more noticeably plump, especially if further enhanced with lip augmentation and fillers

Many Types of Lip Lifts

There are a variety of different lip lifts for specific lip shapes and sizes. Dr Turner will help you choose the lip lift surgery that is best for you. 

  1. Bullhorn Lip lift – The subnasal bullhorn is the most commonly performed lip procedure. During this type of lip lift, an incision is created under the base of the nose in the shape of a bull’s horns and the lip is pulled closer to the nose.
  2. Central Lip Lift – A central lip lift is similar to a subnasal bullhorn lift. It shortens the space between the nose and the lips with an incision at the lower nose.
  3. Corner Lip Lift – This particular type of lip lift is also called a grin lift because it gives your face a more smiley look by lifting the corners of your lips. Some people get it done alone (those who struggle with droopy corners) while others get it in combination with a central lip lift to achieve a fuller appeal. 
  4. Direct Lip Lift – This type of lip lift will give you a more defined lip border. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove a thin strip of skin above the upper lip and pull it to expose vermillion which makes your lips look fuller.  

Who Can Get a Lip Reduction?

Like most cosmetic surgeries, any man or woman in good overall health can be a good candidate. This procedure is highly customisable procedure and can transform the way that men and women look and feel about themselves.

Rather than just reducing the size of the lips, a lip reduction surgery can be designed to create facial harmony by reducing lip asymmetry or scarring.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?

If you want to reduce the space between your nostrils and lips, and make your lips look fuller and lifted, then lip lift surgery may be the right procedure for you. Some people prefer temporary treatments like fillers and are okay with the constant upkeep. If you require a more permanent solution, then a lip lift surgery may help. If you are a healthy non-smoker or are prepared to give up smoking before and after the surgery, you may be suitable.

What to Expect from a Lip Reduction Surgery

A lip reduction can be a great option for you, whatever your ethnicity is. This simple and nearly painless operation will leave you with no visible scarring and is an ideal solution for creating facial harmony. When you go for a lip reduction procedure, you will be given a local or IV anaesthesia. The actual operation typically takes about 30 minutes per lip. During the operation, very small incisions will be made inside of the lip, which will leave no visible scarring outside of your lips after the procedure. Following the procedure, patients can generally expect a recovery time of about one week, depending on the degree of swelling.

About The Lip Lift Procedure 

Based on the type of lip lift surgery you choose, the procedure will differ. Here is a general outline of how your procedure will look like: 

  • Dr Turner or his anaesthetist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the treatment site. In certain cases, general anaesthesia is used based on the patient’s preference 
  • He will remove a small, shaped piece of skin under your nose (the skin removal area will depend on the type of lip lift surgery) 
  • Your lip is lifted and sutures will be used to close the incision 

Recovery after Lip lift – Post Lip Lift Care 

The right post-treatment care will impact your results. Here are a few tips to follow after lip lift surgery that will help you with recovery and getting an optimal result:

  • Make sure to rest well 24 to 48 hours after the surgery 
  • Avoid all kinds of strenuous workouts for at least a week or two after the surgery 
  • Sleep on your back and avoid sleeping on your sides or stomach – avoid putting pressure near the wound
  • Do not move your lips excessively for the first week or two after the surgery 
  • Take care of your incisions as per your surgeon’s instructions to avoid infections. 
  • Avoid eating anything that requires you to open your mouth widely or hard to chew foods – try smoothies, soups and softer foods for the first few days post-surgery. 
  • Rinse your mouth after eating your meals 
  • Use a baby toothbrush to clean your teeth every morning and night. Be extremely gentle 
  • Take all the medications, on time as prescribed by your surgeon
  • Use a lip balm to keep your lips moisturized at all times after the wound has healed
  • Do not skip the follow-up appointment with your surgeon.  

Lip Lift Recovery FAQs

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Risks and Potential Complications of a Lip Lift

Every surgery comes with a certain degree of risks and complications. Lip lift surgery is no different. Here are a few of the possible risks associated with the surgery:

  • Swelling and bruising around the lips is a common side effects of the surgery but these effects don’t last very long 
  • Some patients experience poor wound healing or infection – Avoid using lip cosmetics for a few days after the surgery or till your incisions heal fully. 
  • Infection is always a concern if you don’t care for your incision site properly. Take special care on keeping your incisions clean and dry at all times during the healing phase. 
  • Scarring is a common concern with certain types of lip lift surgery. It is good to follow all the post-surgical care instructions 
  • Blood loss can be a problem with some patients during the surgery 
  • One of the less common risks is nerve damage 
  • A few people also get an allergic reaction to anesthesia 

For more information visit the risks and Complications of surgery page

Lip Lift Surgery Sydney Cost & Prices – How much is a Lip Lift Surgery in Sydney?

The overall lip lift cost depends on a couple of factors; experience and expertise of the surgeon, location, facility and type of lip lift. The average lip lift cost in Sydney NSW varies between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on your surgeon’s experience and where the procedure is performed.

After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and hospital fees.

For an estimate of your own Lip Lift surgery price in Sydney or Newcastle please phone 1300 437758 –  contact Dr Turner’s team or download the Price Guide on the Pricing page.

Will Medicare or Private Health Insurance cover a Lip Lift Surgery?

  • If your Lip lift surgery is a purely cosmetic enhancement procedure, medicare and your insurance will not cover the expenses. You will have to pay for it out of your pocket. 

Funding Your Lip Lift Surgery

We can also provide information on a Lip Lift Surgery Payment Plan and medical finance or Private Health Insurance subsidy would apply.

Lip Lift FAQs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about upper lip lift surgery: 

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Preparing for Surgery

Dr Turner will give you very detailed instructions on getting ready for the lip lift surgery. Here are a few things that can help you prepare:

  • Quit smoking for a few weeks before the procedure. 
  • You will need to give up alcohol for at least a few weeks before the lip lift surgery. 
  • Do not consume blood-thinning medications for at least two weeks before the procedure. 
  • Avoid taking any supplements without your surgeon’s approval. 
  • Apply for leave from work in advance and take about two to three days off from work.
  • Do not eat anything six to eight hours before the surgery. 

How to Choose the Best Lip Lift Surgeon in Sydney or Newcastle

With any type of surgery including lip lift, choosing the right surgeon helps get the best lip lift results. Here are a few steps that will help you make the right decision:

  • Do your research. Search through websites that recommend the best surgeons in your particular area that perform upper lip lift surgery. Once you have a list, visit each surgeon’s profile in detail. 
  • Read reviews online, visit forums on which people are talking about their experiences and you will certainly be able to shortlist three to four names. 
  • Always look for a  Specialist Plastic Surgeon (not a doctor or cosmetic surgeon) who has extensive experience in performing lip lift surgeries. 
  • Have a consultation with at least 2 plastic surgeons and get a feel for their expertise and how comfortable you feel with each one of them. 
  • Ask the surgeons to show you lip lift before and after photographs of their patients. It will give you a clear insight into their style and aesthetics


Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

  • Enquire to find out more about your surgery
  • Please read our website to learn more about your intended procedure

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

How to Book Your Consultation

  • You can book your initial consultation by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


  • To find out more information about surgery you can book a FREE 15-minute phone conversation with our Friendly Patient Care team via Calendly- Book Consultant 1 or Book Consultant 2

Contact us or call on  1300 437 758  to arrange your surgeon consultation in Sydney.

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