Direct Lip Lift (DLL)

Definition - What does Direct Lip Lift (DLL) mean?

The direct lip lift (DLL) is a surgical method used to sculpt the upper lip, shorten the distance between the upper lip and nose when this exceeds normal proportions, and to make the border of the lip more clearly defined. The corner of the mouth lift can be seen as a form of lip lift, but it only alters the corners of the mouth.

TheConsultation explains Direct Lip Lift (DLL)

As we age, our lips begin to slacken and sag. The edge of the lip, where it changes color to ordinary skin tone, also becomes less clearly defined. However, it is not only older people who consider lip lift surgery. If the distance between the top of the lips and the bottom of the nose is unusually long, it can be shortened using direct or indirect lip lift surgery.

Although all the forms of lip lift surgery have their advocates, the type of lip lift surgery most suitable for an individual is best determined by a plastic surgeon on a case-by-case basis. There are various approaches to direct lip lift surgery.

The gull wing lift is the technique most commonly referred to when using the term “direct lip lift.” The surgeon removes crescents of tissue above the lip and towards the corners of the mouth in order to shorten the distance to the nose, sculpt the shape of the lips and create a clear border between lips and facial skin. When necessary, a small incision below the lower lip also helps to accentuate the border between the lips and facial skin.

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