The lip lift is one of the best long-term alternatives to enhancement procedures like lip fillers or implants. With the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can enjoy a fuller, more balanced look to the lips.

It can be frustrating when it feels like your lips don’t balance out your other features. Lip fillers or implants are an option, but don’t always produce long-term results with a natural look and feel. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to achieve plumper, poutier lips, then the lip lift is for you!

About Lip Lifts

Whether because of aging or genetics, it’s normal to want thicker, more pronounced lips. With a loss of collagen over time, the lips can begin to thin and lose their visible pink area. Additionally, some people are simply born with thinner lips. These factors can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite lip colors or feel confident in intimate situations.

During a lip lift, tiny incisions are created in the philtrum, or the piece of skin between the lips and nose. This allows the lip to be pulled upward to reveal more of the pink space. It can also remove excess skin on the upper lip. The overall result is a more pronounced and defined lip, as well as a more balanced and proportional look to the philtrum.

With little downtime and immediately noticeable results, you can transform your facial profile for the long term!


The lip lift comes with the benefits of little downtime and little risk for big reward. Fillers can require regular touch-ups for best results, and the look and feel can highly depend on the skill of your injector and chosen product. Additionally, lip implants can be a more invasive procedure and produce a distinctive feel for some patients. The lip lift combines the benefits of both, with long-term results that come with surgery and a soft, natural look and feel produced by your own lip tissue.


The best candidates for the lip lift include patients in the Annapolis, Annapolis, and Columbia areas who want:

  • Greater upper lip definition
  • More visible pink space
  • More balanced facial features
  • A distinctive cupid’s bow
  • Greater protrusion
  • Removal of excess philtrum skin

Because the lip lift is a minor surgery, many patients can benefit. You should be in overall good health and able to take time away from work or school for a short recovery. Our team can determine if the lip lift is the right option for you during your consultation.

Personal Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Ashruf, you’ll discuss your goals and medical history to make sure the lip lift is your best option. You may also discuss your options for other lip treatments like fillers depending on your goals. You’ll discuss your expectations for the lip lift and what you can expect from both the procedure and your short recovery phase. Finally, you’ll be given instructions on how to prepare for lip lift surgery and schedule your surgery date at our Hanover office.


Ahead of your surgery date, make sure to follow Dr. Ashruf’s instructions on avoiding certain medications (i.e., blood thinners and certain supplements) and stopping smoking. It’s best to arrange for a close friend or family member to take you home after surgery and help you set up for your recovery. Make sure to dress in loose, comfortable clothes the day of your surgery and avoid applying makeup or other products as instructed. You’ll touch base with Dr. Ashruf and our team before surgery so you know what to expect and how to take care of yourself during recovery.

Lip Lift Procedure

The lip lift is a quick and easy procedure performed by Dr. Ashruf. It’s performed using a local anesthetic and you’ll relax in our comfortable surgical suite. A tiny incision is created within the philtrum or nose to remove a small crescent of skin. This allows the lip to be pulled upward and sutured into a higher position. The result is more pink area of the lip revealed. Once complete, you can return home.


The lip lift comes with a short recovery. It’s important to avoid moving your mouth too much for a few days, so stick to a liquid diet and use a straw until your incisions are head. Also, make sure to sleep with your head elevated. Avoid exercising or sweating for the first few days, since this can exacerbate your incisions. You can expect some sensitivity and swelling, but this can be managed with ice packs and medications. Most patients can return to their regular schedules within a few days and resume using their regular skincare and lip products.


You’ll see noticeable results immediately after your lip lift procedure, although it can take one to two weeks for most swelling to subside. You’ll immediately enjoy more pronounced lip definition and visible space for a more balanced, pouty look.


The lip lift is an excellent way to achieve your lip goals without constant touch-ups or implants. The cost of a lip lift is unique based on your goals and needs for surgery. To receive a full estimate of your customized lip lift procedure, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.