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Bullhorn Lip Lift: What You Need to Know

Written by Buglino Plastic Surgery | Jun 10, 2022 1:25:00 PM

If you’re searching for an easy way to get fuller, more pronounced lips, the bullhorn lip lift may be just the solution for you!

Here’s what you need to know about this safe and effective surgery.  

What is a Bullhorn Lip Lift?

Also known as a subnasal lift, this popular, in-office surgical procedure shortens the space between the upper lip and nostrils, while rolling out the upper lip, making its pink tissue more visible. It can be customized to suit unique needs, and create more symmetrical, volumized lips.

A bullhorn lip lift produces long-lasting results, without repeat filler injections or follow-up treatments. Bullhorn refers to the shape of its incision: two connected, horizontal lines with upward edges under the nasal base.

 

Who’s a Good Candidate?

While bullhorn lip lifts are safe for most people, ideal candidates include those looking to add fullness to their lips, set them higher, or create a poutier appearance. People with smaller mouths, thinner lips, or broader nasal bases seeking a long-term alternative to lip injections will also benefit. 

The procedure may not be suitable for those who don’t have at least 1.5 centimeters between their lips and base of their nose. Certain diseases that affect the mouth, such as herpes, or conditions that impact blood clotting, could also disqualify people from surgery. The recovery process also requires patients abstain from smoking for two to four weeks, therefore those unwilling to quit following surgery may not be good fits. 

Discuss with your doctor or plastic surgeon whether the bullhorn lip lift is right for you.

 

How Do They Work?

Bullhorn refers to the shape of its incision: two connected, horizontal lines with upward edges under the nasal base.

The procedure entails making an incision at the philtrum, usually along the base of the nose, and pulling the lip upward in the recognizable shape of a bullhorn. Shortening the distance between the lips and nose creates a plumper, more appealing appearance.

 

What to Expect

You’ll be asked to refrain from consuming alcohol in the days before and after your surgery, as these can potentially interact with the anesthesia. Smoking or ingesting aspirin or blood-thinning medication could also impact the effectiveness of the anesthesia and impair your body’s ability to heal properly, so be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding what steps to take beforehand.

A topical or local anesthesia will be applied during the surgery, and your doctor will clean the area before making an incision from one nostril to the other. They’ll cut a measured amount of skin and close the opening with stitches or sutures, usually keeping the slit as close to the base of the nose as possible to make any scarring less visible.

You’ll be advised to rest and avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours afterward, sleep on your face or with your mouth open, and avoid smoking and chewing gum. Your doctor may also provide a wound-cleaning regimen, to help heal properly.

It may take several weeks for scarring to become less prominent, and permanent, noticeable results should be achieved by the end of your recovery.

 

What Are Potential Risks & Side Effects?

The bullhorn lip lift is widely considered safe and effective, but as with most surgeries, there are always potential risks and complications. These can include: visible scarring, nerve damage, improper wound healing, an allergic reaction to anesthesia, or blood loss.

Be sure to contact your doctor if you experience any issues following your surgery.

 

What Does Recovery Entail & How Long Will It Last?

Typically, you can expect to resume your regular daily activities after about 24 hours, but you’ll be advised to avoid more strenuous activities for about a week or two. Your sutures may be removed about five days following your surgery. 

The recovery period usually lasts for about two weeks, during which time the swelling should completely subside.

 

How Much Does It Cost?

A bullhorn lip lift is generally a one-time cost, as the results are permanent. The procedure typically costs between $3,000 to $5,000, though exact pricing depends on the individual, and may encompass a package including silicone and laser treatment, for optimal healing.

 

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If you’re considering a bullhorn lip lift, book a free consultation with Dr. Anthony Buglino at Buglino Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to talk through the procedure and discuss your cosmetic goals. 

Dr. Buglino is known for providing an unparalleled level of quality and care for all his patients, and specializes in a wide range of cosmetic procedures, including bullhorn lip lifts, to achieve your dream look. 

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Buglino today, and follow him on Instagram to view results of past procedures for yourself!