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Subnasal 'Bullhorn' Lip Lift
What is a subnasal lip lift?
A subnasal 'bullhorn' lip lift is a surgical lip lift procedure performed under local anesthesia by a plastic surgeon. The procedure is named for the bull horn shaped segment of skin that is removed from the base of the nose and nostril area. The incision used in a subnasal lip lift is a continuous cut nostril to nostril.
Anatomy of the Lip
The procedure is considered an upper lip lift, and moves the upper lip into a more youthful position, while simultaneously making the pink part of the upper lip appear larger and fuller. The subnasal lip lift targets candidates with long upper lips, and can also enhance the smile by exposing more of the upper teeth.
What cosmetic concerns does a subnasal lip lift procedure treat?
- Lip Shape: The subnasal lip lift specifically targets the upper lip for a more youthful fuller shape and position.
- Lip Size: A subnasal lip lift creates the illusion of increased lip size by rolling up and out the red potion of the lip.
- Lip Ptosis: Lip lift techniques that target the outer corners of the mouth and alter the shape and positioning of the upper lip can correct a droopy appearance.
Who is the ideal candidate for a subnasal lip lift procedure?
Ideal candidates for a subnasal lip lift include those with an elongated upper lip or white lip or those with a height mismatch between the white and red lip. Lip lifts are not recommended for those with infections in and around the mouth, smokers unwilling to quit around the time of the procedure, and those with certain chronic conditions.
What is the average recovery associated with a subnasal lip lift procedure?
Most subnasal lip lift candidates resume normal activities within a day or two. Modifications to diet and strenuous activities may last up to two weeks. Most swelling and bruising will resolve within two weeks.
What are the potential side effects of a subnasal lip lift procedure?
Possible side effects from a subnasal lip lift procedure include bruising, bleeding, swelling, asymmetry, numbness, scarring, and seroma (fluid accumulation).
What can someone expect from the results of a subnasal lip lift procedure?
A subnasal lip lift will provide immediate and permanent results. Swelling and wound healing will resolve over a few weeks.
What is the average cost of a subnasal lip lift procedure?
This is a one time permanent surgical procedure that can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,500. The actual cost of the procedure is dependent upon location, surgeon, and length and involvement of the surgery. Remember this is a cosmetic surgery (not a reconstructive surgery), so it will not be covered by insurance.
- Scar Is Hidden
- Improved Lip Fullness
- Noticeable Scar
- External Scar
What to Expect
The subnasal lip lift increases the amount of lip show by exposing and rolling up the lip. This method is known for its bull-horn shaped incision directly under the nose. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a subnasal lip lift.
- Antiviral and antibiotics may be prescribed
- Avoid blooding thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before
- Continuous preoperative mark from the edges of each nostril
- Lip and nose area is cleansed
- Local anesthesia
- Incisions made and skin is excised
- Skin will be lifted to just inside the nostrils
- Sutures to close
Immediately After Treatment
- Lips and mouth will be sore
A subnasal 'bullhorn' lip lift is a surgical procedure targeting candidates with an elongated upper lip or height mismatch between the white and red lip. A subnasal lip lift will refine the upper lip shape, and create the illusion of augmented size by rolling out the red portion (pink part) of the top lip. A bullhorn lip lift may also benefit the smile by exposing more of the upper teeth.