Houston & Katy, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. Rolando Morales, creates stunning results for women desiring lip enhancement. Shapely, well-defined lips are a facial feature many desire. Some women want fuller, plumper lips, while others dream of having a unique, pretty lip. For the latter, a lip lift may be the answer. A lip lift reshapes the “Cupid’s bow” (the two distinct peaks on the upper lip) and redefines the distance between the base of the nose and the top of the lips. Many cosmetic surgeons believe the ideal length for this vertical space is between 12-15 millimeters (mm). Women who desire fuller lips may be candidates for an injectable filler. This can be discussed in detail during the consultation.
"Great experience - I am overwhelmed with the experience with Dr Morales. He is the only doctor I had consultation with, prior to my surgery, and I made immediate decision to chose him as my plastic surgeon. He made me feel as comfortable as possible during every visit. The surgery went really well and I was given the best care by Dr. Morales and his team. I would definitely recommend anyone to chose Dr Morales. - - I am overwhelmed with the experience with Dr Morales. He is the only doctor I had consultation with, prior to my surgery, and I made immediate decision to chose him as my plastic surgeon. He made me feel as comfortable as possible during every visit. The surgery went really well and I was given the best care by Dr. Morales and his team. I would definitely recommend anyone to chose Dr Morales."- P. / RealSelf / Mar 23, 2017
"Finally...Boobs! - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is fantastic! Great bedside manner, very respectful. He has great staff as well! - - I have wanted breast implants since I was in college. I never really developed much, and although it didn't really bother me, clothes didn't fit the way they were supposed to fit. That got frustrating! I had two children (age 28 and 30) and we decided our family is complete. I breast-fed both of them for over a year each. I got a taste of what it was like to have larger boobs! Woohoo! And then... I stopped breast-feeding. My boobs got smaller...if that is even possible. I decided to have a consult when a friend of mine had a great result with Dr. Morales. I felt very welcome when I met everyone at the office. Pictures are weird...but a necessary evil with this type of procedure. I will say I loved that Dr. Morales didn't look at my chest while he was taking photos. He looked at the screen on the camera. It's small things like that that matter to me. I felt very comfortable after that. Trying on the fake sizes was very helpful! Fast-forward to the day of surgery! I was very anxious as this was my first time to "go-under". And I had been very hesitant because of pain. But I paid $300 extra for a different anesthetic to be used on me while I was in surgery. It was a 3 day pain relief I think..and it worked very well! I had very manageable pain, and my incisions never gave me any problems. Great placement too by the way! It took a few weeks for me to be able to wash my hair ( as expected). I am now 4 months post-op and I am so happy and would do this again in a heart-beat! My clothes fit as they should now and I think I look fantastic!"- 1. / RealSelf / Mar 06, 2017
"Breast revision/augmentation, 575cc to 800cc - Dr. Morales is the real deal.....Magnificent, young, a complete artist in the breast department. It is difficult to find a doctor who actually listens and tells you how it is, whether your expectations are unreasonable or if it can be done, always with pure professionalism. He takes his time, explains, research and works his magic. I couldn't be happier with my results, I knew the day I went to my initial consultation that I had found that one doctor. His staff is amazing, Linda, all of them are great and make sure you leave happy, never make you feel uncomfortable. Not only top doc, top notch! - - Had my initial breast augmentation 4 years ago, the results...well, one breast higher than the other which created the illusion of an even smaller breast, unevenness and much disappointment. Went back to my original "super experienced" plastic surgeon and his claim was "the problem is what you started with" if i remember clearly i never had a weird looking boob like that. Obviously, he talked and acted according to his dinosaur techniques. Also, the size of the implant wasn't what i expected, I am 5' 9'' broad shoulders, and the implants looked too small for my frame. After much research I found an excellent doctor, Dr. Morales. He had so many pictures and described his work in full detail, by far the best and thorough explanation of every single procedure. I went to see him, and decided on going big..800 cc from 575 cc originally. The results are amazing, he evened out my boobs and fixed imperfections I didn't even realize I had. Minimal pain, quick recovery, no scar tissue...nothing."- R. / RealSelf / Feb 15, 2017
"57 Years Old and Had a Tummy Tuck and Lipo of Flanks, Bra Line, and Back - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is AWESOME! He truly cares about his patients. He looks you in the eye when talking to you and is very honest about the expected outcome. When he is with you for an appointment or on the day of surgery, he makes you feel that he has all the time in the world to answer any questions you may have. I sent an email with a couple post op questions and Dr. Morales personally answered me back very quickly. Phone calls are also returned in a timely manner. Dr. Morales even gave me roses after the surgery! I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering cosmetic surgery. Well worth me having to drive 4 hours for appointments to have a wonderful doctor like this. - - I decided to have a TT and lipo of the flanks, bra line, and back due to the fact that with age my body was getting fat deposits and losing tone. Walking and diet had not been able to take care of my torso area. I was getting “my mom’s body shape” and I knew that I didn’t look as good in my clothes as I would like.After I went for my consultation and paid for the surgery, I kept questioning myself on my decision. “Am I too old to go through this?” “Is this going to be worth it?” “Is this a waste of money?” I’m sure many of you have thought the same thing. I am so glad that I did go through with the surgery. Even though I still have minor swelling at a little over three weeks out, I am amazed at the difference in my body. I feel great and have had no major issues.My surgery was on a Tuesday. From the time I walked into the hospital, everyone was kind and caring and made sure that any questions I had were addressed. I stayed in the hospital the first night and I had a compression garment on that wrapped around me and Velcroed in place. Wednesday I went to a hotel since I lived four hours away and my doctor wanted me to stay close for a few days. Thursday my doctor sent a home health nurse to check my incision and answer any questions I might have. Took my first shower this day also. I had read that pinning the drains to an “exercise band” draped around your neck would help during shower time and it definitely worked great. Friday I came home after an appointment with the doctor to check on how things were going for me.10 days after surgery, I went back to the doctor to have my drains removed. I had heard stories about the pain associated with having the drains removed, but thankfully I had no pain at all. At this appointment, they also changed me from the wrap around compression garment to body suit type of garment. This new garment is like a body suit that goes from a bra at the top to my knees. It is like a girdle for the entire area and is a lot more comfortable than the wrap around garment.17 days after surgery they took the surgical tape off my incision. The stitches will dissolve. I now wear steri-strips over the incision. Day 30 I will go back and they will start doing scar therapy. My scar is already a VERY thin line and looks good.The pros for me have been many. I love my new shape. Even with a little of swelling still, I look a lot better in my clothes. I know my confidence will be helped also since I feel that I look better.The only cons I can even think of are the expense and being restricted on activities for now."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2017
"Awesome Doctor!! - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues... - - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues with healing and I look great! (I am 57 years old and had TT with lipo of flanks, bra line, and back)"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 25, 2017
The Gull-Wing Lip Lift@headingTag>
Many surgeons use the gull-wing lip lift to increase the prominence of the vermillion. The vermilion is the area on both the upper and lower lips that show the pink skin near the lip. During this procedure, skin and nearby tissue are removed using a small incision. The area of skin removed will be taken from or above the white line of skin that borders the vermilion. By removing this tissue, the shape of the lip is altered from both peaks of the Cupid's bow. This same process can be done to the lower lip.
Sub-Nasal Lip Lift@headingTag>
The sub-nasal lip lift (also referred to as a bull-horn lip lift) is one of the more commonly performed procedures. This technique reshapes the Cupid’s bow by removing a portion of skin and tissue from under the nose. Once the small piece of tissue is removed, the lip is lifted and raised. The lift is secured by tight sutures so a small section of teeth can be exposed when the mouth is at rest. This process exposes a large portion of the upper lip vermilion and visually increases the volume of the pink area of the lip.
Lip lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery generally takes 1-2 hours to complete. During the first few days after surgery, there will be some swelling and moderate pain, but the results will be visible almost immediately. It can take several months for the final look of the enhanced lip to take full effect.
The cost for a lip lift procedure will vary, but the average cost will range between $1,500-$2,000. The overall fee could increase if upper and lower lifts are performed simultaneously, or if an augmentation technique is performed at the same time (if a silicone lip implant is also used).
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,500 - $2,500
- Recovery Time
- 3-5 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location
Lip Lift FAQ's@headingTag>
Will I have Duck Lips?@headingTag>
Lip lifts are performed to create subtle, natural results. The fear of having “duck lips” can be put to rest if a qualified surgeon performs the surgery. Most individuals who end up with pouty, duck lips were likely fitted with implants in a lip that would have received more benefit from a lift.
Lip lift surgery leaves a very minimal, inconspicuous scar. The incision is tightly closed deep within the inner lip using nylon sutures to help relieve stress on the incision. Most patients can barely notice where the incision was placed.
Lip Implants or Lift?@headingTag>
Some women feel lip augmentation (with either implants or fillers) will make their lips more beautiful. However, this can often result in the “duck lip” appearance we recognize in the actresses on TV. In these cases, augmentation was not the answer. Augmenting a flat, undefined lip will only create an outward, pouty lip rather than accentuate the shape and design of the mouth. A skilled plastic surgeon will be able to determine if lip augmentation or a lip lift would be a better fit in order to achieve the aesthetic results.