Fargo, ND +1·701·293·7408 or Toll Free +1·800·352·0587

Superior Care &
Beautiful Results

Dr. Abdullah is a renowned Fargo facial plastic surgeon, with a reputation for surgical excellence and unparalleled patient care. You'll be comforted by his warm, personable demeanor, and delighted with his beautiful, natural-looking results.

A More Attractive &
Confident You

Enjoy more self-confidence and a better quality of life with rhinoplasty. A complex surgical procedure, rhinoplasty requires the steady and precise hand of a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Abdullah.

Attain Facial Rejuvenation
- Without Surgery

Achieving full facial rejuvenation doesn't require the commitment of surgery. Enjoy a more vibrant facial appearance with our selection of non-surgical treatment options, including injectables, dermal filler products and laser skin treatments.

Nourish & Protect
Your Skin

Dr. Abdullah has harnessed the power of pharmaceutical-grade aloe to expedite healing and encourage optimal post-operative results. He is also the founder and formulator of Lexli, the premier line of professional, aloe-based skincare products.

Upper Lip Shortening

While you may have heard of lip enhancement (through the placement of implants or the administration of injectable products), it’s likely that you are unfamiliar with a procedure designed to “lift” the upper lift. If you have an abnormally long upper lip or a volume-less pout, upper lip shortening can create a more pleasing facial appearance. This is called upper lip shortening, or lip lift, and is available with Fargo facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ahmed Abdullah.

What Upper Lip Shortening (Lip Lift) Corrects

Upper lip shortening, or lip lift, is commonly performed on patients with an excessively long upper lip. An excessively long upper lip is problematic because it may:

  • Obscure the teeth when speaking and smiling
  • Age the rest of the face
  • Draw the eye’s attention away from other attractive facial features

Fortunately, the upper lip shortening procedure removes excess tissue, skin and muscle from the area just underneath the nose for a shorter, more youthful lip contour.

If you are self-conscious of a long upper lip, Dr. Abdullah encourages you to schedule a consultation at his practice so he can discuss the procedure with you and evaluate you as a potential candidate. During your consultation, he will examine your upper lip and its proportion to the rest of your facial features. He will note your skin tone and quality. Dr. Abdullah will also ask you about your goals and expectations of surgery. He may review before-and-after photographs with you to give you a clearer idea of what is possible.

Procedural Details

Upper lip shortening or lip lift is an outpatient procedure performed with anesthesia. You will not feel any pain during the procedure, and you will be able to recover at home afterward.

To begin, Dr. Abdullah makes an incision just under the columella (strip of skin separating the nostrils) or right above the upper border of the lip, where the red/pink and white of the lip meet. The incision is shaped like a mustache or a “bull horn.” Through the incision, he removes excess tissue, skin and muscle (if necessary). He brings the remaining skin closer together, which reduces the distance between the nose and the upper lip, and carefully stitches the skin together with sutures. Finally, he places a bandage or surgical tape over the treated area.

Recovering from Surgery

Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed aftercare instructions that include how to manage any post-operative pain, when to return for follow-up and how to care for the incision line.

You will likely have some swelling and bruising in the treated area, but these side effects are only temporary. After several days, Dr. Abdullah will remove your sutures.

The upper lip typically heals within a week, and the scars fade after about 30 days.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like more information about upper lip shortening, please contact Dr. Abdullah to schedule a consultation. Call (701) 293-7408, toll free at 800-352-0587, or send an email now.


Plastic Surgery Institute
3280 20th Street South
Fargo, ND 58104
Phone: (701) 293-7408

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