Upper Lip Lift

Are you concerned that your upper lip appears too small or seems to be too far below your nose? Anya Kishinevsky, M.D., can address your concerns with an upper lip lift at her office in Norwalk, CT.

Learn more about how this minor surgery can give you the youthful, attractive lips you desire.

What Is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift, also known as lip shortening surgery or the subnasal "bullhorn" lip lift, is a cosmetic procedure that can:

  • Reduce the distance between your nose and your upper lip.
  • Augment the size of your upper lip, creating a more youthful appearance.
  • Address any asymmetry in your lips.

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Kishinevsky, a lip lift can provide a subtle, natural-looking enhancement to your facial features.

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What Are the Benefits of Lip Lift Surgery?

No More Injections

If you have been enhancing your lips with injections like fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic, an upper lip lift can gift your lips and face a more youthful appearance without the upkeep of injections every few months.

Permanent Results

Unlike fillers and BOTOX, a lip lift is permanent. While the natural aging process may change your lift results over time, they will still be longer-lasting than injectables.

Simple Procedure

While a lip lift is considered surgery, it is so simple that you do not require sedation. A simple local anesthetic is usually all you need to feel comfortable while our plastic surgeon gives your lips the look you desire.

Boosted Self-Confidence

When you are happy with your appearance, you can feel more confident in your body. We are passionate about helping patients find confidence through surgery.

Not Sure if a Lip Lift Is Right for You? Request a Consultation With Dr. Kishinevsky

If you are unhappy with your lips, you have options! Dr. Kishinevsky offers comprehensive surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to help you achieve the aesthetics you desire. She can make a dramatic change by simply altering your upper lip.

If you are ready to take the next step or simply want help deciding if an upper lip lift is right for you, schedule a consultation by filling out our online form. You can also call our Norwalk, CT, office serving Bridgeport and beyond, at:

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Hear From Satisfied Norwalk, CT, Patients "Everything went perfectly."


Rahul Gandhi

Norwalk, CT


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If you're in search of the best in the business, Dr. Anya Kishinevsky and her team are the ones you need. I did a ton of reserach before undergoing a minor procedure with Dr. Kishinevsky and was quite the nervous Nellie before our meeting. Nevertheless, they took their time with me, ensuring my comfort at every stage of the process. Everything went perfectly, and I couldn't feel better about it. Thank you!

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Erica Chludz

Norwalk, CT


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I can’t say enough good things about Dr. K. She is an expert in her field and her work speaks for itself. Dr K performed my rhinoplasty/septoplasty three weeks ago and throughout the entire process her and her staff have been so kind and reassuring. I am already so pleased with the results of the surgery and so glad I chose Dr K as my surgeon.

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Lip Lift: Step-by-Step

Dr. Kishinevsky performs lip lift procedures in-house at our office in Norwalk, CT. A lip lift is an outpatient procedure that can be completed in a few steps:
Our office is proud to welcome patients throughout Southwestern Connecticut.
Our office is proud to welcome patients throughout Southwestern Connecticut.


Typically, this plastic surgery only requires local anesthesia. We will thoroughly numb the treatment area, so you won't feel any discomfort during the procedure.


Dr. Kishinevsky will make an incision in your upper lip, directly under your nose. Normally, the incision is in the shape of a bullhorn, which gives the procedure its popular name.

Skin Removal

Next, Dr. Kishinevsky will remove a small amount of skin between your upper lip and your nose. The amount of skin removed will be determined by your cosmetic goals.


Finally, Dr. Kishinevsky will lift the skin above your upper lip to the skin below your nose. As a result, your upper lip will be slightly folded up, producing fuller-looking lips. She will close the incision with sutures.

Upper Lip Lift Recovery After Your Procedure in Norwalk, CT

Because you are thoroughly numbed, you will not feel any pain during your lip lift procedure. However, some minor swelling and discomfort are to be expected after your lift procedure. Here is how you can make your recovery as easy as possible:

Take Medication

Patients usually manage their pain easily with over-the-counter pain medication. Take them as directed. 

Use Ice Packs

Minimize swelling by using ice packs. Be sure to keep the sutures dry. Place the ice packs on the area for about 15-20 minutes at a time. 

Avoid Alcohol/Tobacco

Alcohol and tobacco products can inhibit the healing process. It's best to avoid them for a few months as you heal.

Eat a Soft Diet

Eat a soft diet for about one to two weeks to minimize irritation to your lips.

Talk Less

Avoid talking when possible to avoid irritation to the surgical site. Movement can cause discomfort and slow healing. 

Sleep on Your Back

Sleep on your back with your head elevated while you heal. This can reduce swelling and discomfort.

Have questions about upper lip lift recovery?

Lip Lift vs. Fillers

If you want fuller lips, a surgical lip lift is not your only option. Patients from Norwalk, Bridgeport, and Southwestern Connecticut can also choose injectable fillers at our practice. Here are some similarities and differences to consider when you are deciding between the two approaches:

Lip Lift Fillers
Method A lip lift is a form of plastic surgery that involves scalpels and sutures. Fillers are injected directly into the lips using a syringe.
Results Lip lift surgery permanently alters your lips so that they appear fuller and more youthful. Fillers add volume to your lips, but the results fade over time. To maintain your results, you will require additional injections in the future.
Recovery There will be some soreness and swelling that should subside after a few weeks. You will need to limit your facial movement during the recovery period so you don't open the incision. Different patients react differently but swelling and discomfort usually only last a few days. You will not have to worry about damaging any incisions.

When you meet with our plastic surgeon for a consultation, she will determine whether an upper lip lift or an injectable treatment is more appropriate for your goals.

Real 5-Star Reviews From Real Norwalk, CT, Patients


Erin Allen

Norwalk, CT


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Dr. K and her team are so kind and patient! My pre-op appointments, surgery, and post-op appointments were all smooth and clear - and the team kept me relaxed through it all. I am very satisfied and highly recommend them!

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Julianne Biagioli

Norwalk, CT


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Her compassion, care and way she works with young children is simply phenomenal. Fast forward to her follow up visit in office. There’s a kid section in the waiting room which our daughter loved. But what wait? We were taken in on time and had a quick and efficient appointment. Most of all we have faith the job was done right and she will heal perfectly without a scar. Thank you!

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Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Board-certified surgeon Anya Kishinevsky believes in a completely personalized approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery. She holds several distinctions, has repeatedly been featured on Connecticut Magazine's list of Top Docs, and is a member of the:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Women's Medical Association

Learn for yourself why so many patients choose Dr. Kishinevsky for their care. Schedule a consultation at our Norwalk, CT, office online or call (203) 388-9919.

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"What you have done has completely changed my life in a very positive way. Your attention to detail was clear during the consultation, and remained throughout surgery and recovery. I had a wonderful experience!"

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