Lip Lift


Do you want a more desirable space between your nose and upper lip? Our Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Hsu, can accentuate the curve of your "Cupid's bow" with his lip lift surgery. This outpatient procedure can redefine the look of your upper lip from a thin line to an uplifted grin or show more of your teeth when you smile. This surgery is also known as sub-nasal or bullhorn lip lift.  If you feel that you would benefit from an upper lip lift, feel free to contact us.

Best Candidates

If the distance from the upper lip to the nose is too long and you are dissatisfied with your appearance, you may be a candidate for a lip lift surgery. As we get older, the length from our nose to our lips gets longer and in turn, this can age us. Thus, we see that aging women frequently ask about this surgery. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hsu, he will determine if a surgical lip lift is necessary or if there are nonsurgical options for you to consider.


At a scheduled appointment, Dr. Hsu can provide you with a consultation for the upper lip lift. He will spend some time with you going over your concerns about your facial appearance. You can expect to answer questions about your health history, discuss why you want to have the surgery, and receive a physical examination of your face. Dr. Hsu will make recommendations as to what kind of treatment is or is not necessary.

Surgery Details

A lip lift using the bullhorn technique is a very common procedure. In an outpatient setting, you will be given a local anesthesia for your 1– 2-hour surgery. An incision is made under the nose so that a small section of tissue and skin can be excised. Then, the lip can be pulled up into a higher position and sutured closed. The goals of this lip lift are to show more of the teeth when the mouth is at rest and to reshape the Cupid's bow to visually create a more voluptuous lip.

Recovery and Post-Op

In recovery, you will have swelling and some discomfort for the first few days after the surgery. Dr. Hsu will explain how long it will take to recover from this procedure, how to care for the incision, and when you can expect to see the results. Keeping your follow-up appointments for Dr. Hsu to check your progress is also essential to a healthy recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What About Scarring?

    The good news about the lip lift scar is that it is a miniscule scar most patients barely notice after healing. The incision will be securely closed with sutures securely and entrenched within the inner lip.

  • Are There Nonsurgical Options?

    Nonsurgical options with injectable fillers are not as long lasting as surgery, and will not give a patient the same results as with a surgical lift. You can discuss filler options with Dr. Hsu. He may be able to change to look of your lip with dermal fillers to rotate the lip up to illustrate a shortened lip.

  • Is This a Lip Augmentation?

    No. Augmenting the lip will make the lip bigger with implants or injectable fillers with the specific purpose of making the lip protrude and look plump. This will not solve the problem with the actual position of the lip. You will want to do more than just plump your lip to accentuate the shape of your mouth. Dr. Hsu can help you determine whether a lip lift or a lip augmentation would best meet your aesthetic goals.