Lip Lift in Santa Rosa, CA

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Shapely, well-defined lips are a feature many women want, yet few of us have. Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa offers a long-term solution for those of us dreaming of fuller, plumper lips. The lip lift is a surgical procedure that creates elegant and subtle results, reshaping the Cupid’s Bow, defining lip borders, and filling out thin lips. Patients in Sonoma County are excited to have a lasting alternative to filler injections.


Fillers are a common choice for many of the women struggling with flat, thin, or fading lips. However, certain patients are not candidates for filler injections, and some look for a permanent solution to thin lips.

A surgical lip lift can significantly improve the appearance of the lips and mouth, offering results that will last for years to come. Younger patients often choose a lip lift to achieve volume and improve the aesthetic appeal of their mouth. On the other hand, as the lips can lose volume and elongate with age, older patients are often looking to restore facial balance by plumping raising the top lip in accordance with the teeth. The technique can better define the lip borders, giving a more youthful appearance to the lips. Dr. Heather Furnas and Dr. Francisco Canales can use their innovative lip lift procedure to meticulously lift the lips, making precise changes that provide subtle yet stunning results.

Benefits of a Lip Lift Include:

  • Lift and define Cupid’s Bow (“M” along the top lip)
  • Increase in the appearance of lip volume
  • Lift corners of the mouth
  • Increase show of teeth
  • Add proportion, harmony, and balance to the lower face
  • Shorten the length between nose and mouth
  • Reduce the need for dermal fillers


Almost anyone can make a good candidate for a lip lift. If you are unhappy with the shape, fullness, or length of lips, surgical correction may be for you. Common issues include an excessively long upper lip, little to no visual pink portion of tissue, as well as draping lips that cover the teeth even when smiling. Potential patients should be in good health, understand the potential complications, and hold realistic surgical expectations.

The best way to determine if a lip lift is right for your needs is through an in-person consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa. During this appointment, Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will review your medical history, assess your existing lip tissue, and discuss the goals for your appearance. After explaining your options, including the surgical lip lift, the surgeons will create a personalized treatment plan. While a lip lift can provide excellent results on its own, the technique can also be paired with additional fillers or noninvasive treatments for optimal results. At the end of your consultation, our patient coordinator will take a moment to discuss all of your payment options, including healthcare financing.


Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales perform their lip lift procedures in their operating suite using local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or a local anesthetic with IV sedation. Most lip lifts take less than an hour. However, the length of each procedure will depend on the extent of correction required, the technique utilized, and the individual patient. The ideal technique will depend on the amount of lip tissue present and the patient’s desired aesthetic results.

  • Sub-Nasal Lip Lift

The sub-nasal lip lift is the most commonly performed lip lift procedure. Also called a bull-horn lift, this technique improves the Cupid’s Bow by excising a small portion of skin directly under the nose (columella). As this tissue is removed, the lip is naturally lifted and a small section of the teeth can be slightly exposed. A sub-nasal lip lift will create a more noticeable limp vermillion and can dramatically increase the pink area of the lips.

  • Corner Lip Lift

A corner lip lift is performed by making a small, wedge-like incision along the upper corners of the mouth. This will give a slight lift to the corners of the mouth, improving facial aesthetics both when smiling and when not.


You should expect your lip lift recovery to last from five to seven days. Initially, there will be bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort. Swelling can be controlled by keeping the head elevated, sleeping with several pillows or the top of the bed elevated, and with an intermittent cold compress. Sutures will be removed 5 to 7 days after surgery. Most patients are feeling and looking good enough to return to work in a few days.

The lip lift is considered a safe and effective technique. Although complications are rare, as this is a surgical procedure, there is always a small chance for complications to occur. Risks include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, nerve damage, and unexpected scarring. While a lip lift will create a scar, this is generally very small and well-concealed within the borders of the mouth or nose. Choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon for your lip lift, like Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales, reduces the chance for any post-op complications.

Improve your appearance with a lip lift from Plastic Surgery Associates:

Tired of depending on dermal filler sessions to improve the look of your lips? Find out if a lip lift can be the long-term answer you have been searching for. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales are both board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, bringing over 25 years of experience to every procedure. These award-winning surgeons, named Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors for three years in a row, have created their own, unique lip lift procedure, designed to bring the most satisfying results and while ensuring ultimate patient safety.

To arrange for your confidential lip lift consultation, contact Plastic Surgery Associates in Santa Rosa at 707.537.2111. If you plan on traveling to Plastic Surgery Associates from outside of the immediate area, ask your patient coordinator for assistance with local reservations and dining recommendations.

Lip Lift Removal FAQ:

What is a lip lift?

A lip lift is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the natural shape of the lips. The outpatient procedure utilizes a small incision placed along the top of the lip, at the base of the nose, or along the corners of the mouth. The dramatic results include fuller lips with more pink tissue, better show of teeth, a more defined Cupid’s Bow, and lifted corners of the mouth. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales bring decades of experience to their lip lift, offering significant results and minimizing the need for repetitious dermal filler injections.


Could I make a good candidate for a lip lift?

The ideal candidate for a lip lift from Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa will be in overall good health, concerned with thinning, stretched, or poorly defined lips. Patients should clearly understand the procedure, the recovery requirements, and the potential of side-effects, as well as hold realistic expectations for their results. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales can determine if a lip lift is right for your needs.


How much will a lip lift cost?

The exact price of each lip lift will vary according to the desired level of correction and the technique used. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will create a personalized treatment plan and determine the final cost of your procedure. On average, a lip lift will cost between $4,000 and $6,000. This price includes the surgeon’s fee, the board-certified anesthesiologist, operating room, surgical supplies, and all follow-up appointments. You will be responsible for prescription and over-the-counter medications.


When can I return to work after my lip lift?

Most patients are feeling ready to return to work within a week of their lip lift. While some swelling, redness, and bruising will be seen over the first three to four days, this will steadily improve. Swelling can be kept to a minimum using period cold compresses. Sutures will be removed at your first follow-up appointment.


Are there any potential risks or complications from the lip lift procedure?

Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales both have over 25 years of surgical experience, making their lip lift a safe choice for lip augmentation. Although bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort are common, more serious complications such as infection, visible scarring, and nerve damage are rare. During your lip lift consultation appointment, all of the potential risks will be discussed at length.

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