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Lip Lift Surgery

Your complete guide and quick links to everything you need to know about having Lip Lift Surgery in Sydney.

What is a Lip Lift?

Lip Lift Surgery can prove a worthwhile alternative for those patients looking to increase their upper lip’s pink surface without resorting to lip fillers every 4-6 months. 

Various designs of Lip Lift Surgery are available to deliver the specific shape your upper lip requires. Our Plastic Surgeon will explain the reasons for their recommended design at your initial consultation.  

Who Is a Good Candidate for Lip Lift Surgery?

A Surgical Lip lift may be a worthwhile option if: 

  • You have a very thin upper lip that cannot be adequately filled with Lip Fillers. 
  • You wish to avoid the repetitive cost and inconvenience of lip fillers every 4-6 months. 

How is a Lip Lift Done?

An Upper Lip Lift typically takes less than 1 hour and can be performed under Local Anaesthesia +/- Sedation or under General Anaesthesia. 

After carefully measuring and marking the amount of skin to be removed, an incision is made directly under the nose and a thin strip of skin beneath that incision is removed. Suturing the skin edges together then has the effect of lifting the upper lip upwards and exposing more of its pink surface. 

You can go home shortly after your procedure, but if you have had sedation or general anaesthesia, you must not go home alone. You must have a responsible adult accompany you and be with you for the first 24 hours. 

Recovery After Lip Lift Surgery

Immediately after the surgery, expect that your upper lip will be swollen, bruised, and numb from the local anaesthetic. Although the swelling and bruising may be more noticeable on the 2nd and 3rd days, they will start to settle thereafter. 

Eating and drinking may prove a little uncomfortable in the initial 2-3 days.  

Stitches will be removed after 5-7 days unless your surgeon has used absorbable sutures. 

Resumption of activities: Generally, physical activities can be resumed after 2 weeks. However, you must avoid all activities which carry a risk of direct injury to your upper lip until your incision is fully healed.  

Lip Lift ‘Before & Afters’

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3 Months After Lip Lift (Dr Adam Honeybrook)
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3 Months After Lip Lift (Dr Adam Honeybrook)
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3 Months After Lip Lift (Dr Adam Honeybrook)
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3 Months After Lip Lift (Dr Adam Honeybrook)

‘Pros & Cons’ of Lip Lift Surgery

The Pros:

  • The only way to effectively correct a very thin upper lip.
  • It produces a more subtle and natural ‘look’ than do lip fillers.
  • The correction is permanent.
  • It avoids the repetitive cost and inconvenience of lip fillers every 4-6 months.  

The Cons:

  • Although it is relatively minor surgery, it is still a surgical procedure, and all surgical procedures carry some risks.
  • Although well hidden in the folds under the nose, a scar will always result, but it generally continues to fade and should become barely noticeable after 12 months. 

Potential Risks & Complications of Lip Lift Surgery

Surgery and anaesthesia nowadays are considered generally safe, but both have potential risks and complications which include: 

Specific to Lip Lift Surgery

  • Temporary swelling and bruising.
  • Wound infection.
  • Slow or poor healing – more of a risk in smokers and diabetics.
  • Poor wound healing.
  • Prominent or pigmented scarring.
  • Unexpected bleeding from the incision site during surgery, or post-operative hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin).
  • Nerve injury.
  • Asymmetry of the upper lip.

General Surgical Risks

  • Allergic reactions to medications, sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions.
  • Adverse Reactions to General Anaesthesia or Medication: The safety of anaesthesia nowadays in Australia is well established. Nevertheless, potential risks exist with all forms of anaesthesia and unexpected reactions can occur. These may include nausea, vomiting, and allergic reactions ranging from minor to severe. Respiratory failure, heart failure, heart attack and stroke are rare but documented risks of any general anaesthesia.

The Cost of Lip Lift Surgery in Sydney

  • Lip Lift Surgery

The total cost of any variety of Face & Neck Lift Surgery will be made up of the following individual costs:

  • Surgical Fee: $6000
  • Hospital Fee: Hospitals differ in their hourly rates for Operating Theatres. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you of the expected Theatre Fees once it has been decided which hospital you will be attending.
  • Anaesthetist Fee: This will basically depend on the duration of the procedure. Anaesthetic Fees are generally around $880/hour .

Can I Claim a Medicare or Private Health Insurance Rebate?

Unfortunately, there is no Medicare Rebate, nor can you claim on your Private Health Insurance.

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Terms & Conditions


  • Consultations must be pre-paid at time of booking.
  • Once pre-paid, all consultations are non-refundable and non-transferable but can be moved to another date with at least 3 working days’ notice.
  • Cancellations with less than 3 working days’ notice and ‘no shows’ are not refundable or transferable and will incur a new consultation fee to re-book.
  • All payments by Credit Card & Debit Card attract a 0.3% surcharge and Amex a 1.5% surcharge.
  • The Medical Board of Australia’s new Regulations which came into effect on 1 July 2023 require that:
    • All patients seeking a consultation regarding cosmetic surgery must provide a referral and the referral must be from a GP or other specialist who does not perform cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic services themselves.
    • If a patient arrives without a referral, the Regulations recommend that the doctor should refrain from seeing the patient – in which event, any pre-paid consultation fee would be lost.

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