As Hollywood counts down to its biggest red carpet of the year, there may be more than a few actresses at the Oscars who have undergone the latest lip lifts, seeking a natural-looking pout. .
“Beautiful, inviting lips help you look younger [and] healthier,” says Dr. Ben Talei, a Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon who advanced the procedure with his pioneering CUPID Deep Plane technique, which allows for faster healing without the nostril enlargement often seen with other lifts. . “The CUPID Lift provides a more natural, fuller lip, with improved symmetry, definition and balance of the vermilion border, the red line along the edges of the lips,” he says, adding that the procedure a hour is “virtually painless and scarless. (CUPID is an acronym that “refers to the different marking lines on the upper lip – center, peak, middle, diagonal,” Talei explains.)
According to the latest annual survey of members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, lip lifts have grown in popularity due to “increasing filler fatigue” and a concerted effort to avoid what has become an exaggerated and unsightly tendency – badly injected, too puffy puckers.
Unlike fillers, a lip lift offers a longer-lasting, natural-looking alternative when done correctly. Once the philtrum – the area between the upper lip and the bottom of the nose – is numbed, surgery is often performed while the patient is awake, with optional twilight anesthesia if preferred. For her lifts, Talei, who performs eight to 10 Cupids a week, essentially shortens the philtrum by making hidden incisions along the base of the nose and sometimes around the corners of the mouth. His patients, ranging in age from 20 to 80, can expect to see increased sensuality of the mouth with an upward rotation of the Cupid’s bow (i.e. upper lip, creating a more pronounced ‘V’), resulting in more volume in the lips, improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, and just the right amount of increased teeth show, another desirable feature of a lip. youthful appearance.
Newport Beach-based plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Sadati — who is also a go-to for his smooth lip lift procedures — adds that some patients just aren’t good candidates for fillers. “As you age, the philtrum lengthens, lips become flatter due to loss of collagen and elastin, and fillers will only cause an unsightly, more exaggerated appearance.”
The procedure costs between $5,000 and $15,000, and patients can expect to look presentable within three weeks, with typical full recovery in three months or less. (Dissolving an overabundance of filler, an in-office procedure that typically costs $350 to $700, is recommended before a lip lift; otherwise, the results can be horrendous.)
Having a lip lift can often lead to an appointment with another specialist: a cosmetic dentist, especially if the choppers are dull, yellowed or dented. Think of it in terms of fresh new curtains (lips) that don’t match the tired old flooring (teeth).
West Hollywood-based biomimetic and cosmetic dentist Dr. Matt Nejad says THR he has seen an almost 200% increase in requests for veneers over the past two years. “Plastic surgeons are my first referral source,” he adds. Given the explosive popularity of lip lifts and the extra tooth exposure they create, this is not surprising. “Depending on the patient and each case, sometimes we do cosmetic dentistry first,” says Nejad.
Nejad and cosmetic dentist Michael Apa are known for their incredibly natural and aesthetic veneers (starting at $3,500 per tooth), which are handmade and designed by master ceramists – a rarity in a field where the majority of veneers are made by machine. Apa, who sees patients in his offices in Beverly Hills, New York and Dubai, is one of the few dentists to have his own on-site ceramics lab.
For patients undergoing both lip and veneer lifts, advance treatment planning is crucial to ensure everything blends together. As Cosmetic Apa explains, “A good aesthetic doctor not only examines how he can use his own specialty, he understands and interprets what the patient sees and what he wants to improve, then brings in other specialists at the very beginning. start in order to have a complete end result.
“People who smile are more comfortable,” says Nejad, adding that a nice smile “can even help an artist perform better.”
A version of this story first appeared in the March 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.