During a lip lift, surgeons remove a bullhorn-shaped strip of skin from just below the nose, to shorten the space between the base of the nose and the upper lip. Reducing the length of the philtrum—the groove atop your Cupid’s bow, which elongates with age—balances the proportions of the midface, for a more youthful look.

What exactly are the markers of a successful lip lift? Here, our surgeons share key aspects to look for in lip lift before-and-afters.

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