A bullhorn lip lift is a special type of lip lift surgery, which is aimed to reveal more of the pink upper lip. This cosmetic procedure is also known as subnasal lip lift. Dr. Gary Linkov, as an experienced facial plastic surgeon, offers bullhorn lift lip surgery at City Facial Plastics, located in Manhattan, NY.
A bullhorn lip lift is a type of lip lift surgery. The term “bullhorn” refers to the shape of the incision which is a horizontal line with upward edges, resembling a bull’s horns. The bullhorn technique is also known as a subnasal lip lift, since the incision is made under the nasal base. A small piece of skin is then removed and the incision is closed, resulting in a shorter philtrum length and elevated upper lip.
For decades, the cosmetic lip lift has been evolving, improving the shape and fullness of lips. Here is a timeline of the profession of lip lift techniques up to the modern-day surgical options offered by Dr. Gary Linkov in UES, Manhattan.
A bullhorn lip lift in New York City may be the right surgery for you if you desire an enhanced upper lip. A bullhorn lift lip can not only improve your mouth, but also create a more balanced appearance to your face as a whole.
You may benefit from subnasal lip lift procedure if you desire specific changes to your smile, such as:
Many successful and famous people have already tried lip augmentations. If you want to do a celebrity lip lift makeover, our best plastic surgeons will be more than happy to assist you.
The bullhorn lift lip is the most popular type of lip lift surgery. There are several advantages to the bullhorn lift lip compared to other approaches to lip lift plastic surgery. These advantages include:
The bullhorn lip lift is not the right surgery for everyone. People who are not comfortable with or who do not desire any scarring whatsoever should not undergo this subnasal lift procedure as there will always be some amount of scar even if it is not noticeable. People with connective tissue diseases may have excess stretching of skin resulting in poor wound healing and need for revision surgery. People on blood thinner medications are at increased risk of bleeding during the procedure and bruising during the recovery period.
The procedure is typically performed in the office under local anesthesia. There are several steps Dr. Linkov will take before lip cosmetic surgery actually starts in order to ensure the best results. These steps are referred to as the preparation phase. Once the preparation phase is complete, Dr. Linkov will proceed with surgery.
I had a lip lift procedure with Dr. Gary Linkov at City Facial Plastics on Tuesday 4/9/19. Today is Saturday and I could not be more pleased with my results, I would say it was one of the best decisions of my life! From the moment I met Dr. Linkov I knew that I could trust him 1000% with my face. He takes his time explaining everything and also took his time with the procedure to ensure that everything was precise and perfect! It was a long journey as I had to dissolve built up lip fillers but well worth it and he was there every step of the way! If you are looking to have a lip lift I highly recommend Dr. Linkov, you will not be disappointed!!
Dr. Linkov will spend a decent amount of time in the preparation phase of your surgery. The preparation phase may take up to an hour prior to the incision being made. There are several parts of the preparation phase, as outlined below.
The first step in preparation of the bullhorn lip lift is marking the skin. Dr. Linkov will draw a curved line with a marking agent under the nose outlining where the incision will be made. The incision design and marking typically takes 20 – 30 minutes. Dr. Linkov will show you how much skin will be removed and what the new philtrum length will be. You and Dr. Linkov must be in agreement with the incision design and measurements prior to moving on to the next part of surgery.
Once the marking of the incision is complete, Dr. Linkov will inject local anesthesia to the anticipated surgical site. You will feel a pinch of the needle entering the skin, but after several seconds the anesthesia will start to take effect and the area will be numb. The inside of the upper lip is also numbed. The use of local anesthesia eliminates pain during the surgery, and since the anesthesia is only delivered locally, you will not feel drowsy once the surgery is complete.
While the anesthesia is settling in, Dr. Linkov will wash or prep the surgical site with an antiseptic agent. Most doctors will use betadine swabs, which clean the area and kill any bacteria that may be on the skin. Cleaning the surgical site with an antiseptic solution helps reduce the risk of infection.
After antiseptic solution is applied to the surgical site, Dr. Linkov will place a drape over the remaining parts of your face and rest of your body. The drape is placed in sterile technique, which is a specific style of covering the patient that has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of infection. You will be able to breath under the drape. Your eyes will not be covered by the drape, but they will be covered by a moist gauze cloth for protection.
The bullhorn lip lift plastic surgery will vary from person to person depending on the complexity of the surgery. In general the actual surgical time is approximately one to two hours. The steps of the bullhorn lift lip surgery are outlined below.
A scalpel is used to cut along the incision. Dr. Linkov will remove the previously discussed amount of skin.
The doctor will then use a different surgical instrument to loosen the skin below the lower incision line. This is done by inserting the instrument under the skin and creating a tunnel. By loosening the skin, there will be less tension when the incision is closed, resulting in less scar formation.
A cautery device is used to stop any bleeding that may have occurred during bullhorn lip lift surgery. The cautery device effectively burns the endings of broken blood vessels, thus stopping any more blood from coming out.
The incision is closed by suturing, or stitching, multiple layers of skin that have been cut. Dr. Linkov uses different kinds of suture for each layer that is closed, starting with the deepest layer and ending with the skin surface. The sutures under the skin are dissolvable, and the sutures on the skin surface are typically not dissolvable. The sutures are placed in a very meticulous fashion in order to reduce the amount of tension and result in the thinnest scar possible.
Once the incision is closed, the doctor will place a bandage over the area. The bandage will need to stay on until the morning after your surgery. Once the bandage has been removed, you may shower that evening.
The incision is custom designed per patient and follows the curvature of the base of the nose. The width of each nasal ala and the width of the columella (central portion of the nose) will affect the incision design. The bullhorn lip lift incision will be near the junction of the nose and upper lip and the central portion is at the base of the columella.
Some doctors choose to extend the incision inside of the nose to better hide it, some refer to this as the M-type incision. The problem is that the upper lip then gets pulled into the nose which leads to an artificial appearance and also destroys the nasal sill contour which cannot be replaced. Dr. Linkov believes in making the incision for the bullhorn lip lift procedure at the base of the nasal sill to preserve the natural appearance of the nose.
As with any procedure or surgery, there may be bullhorn lip lift complications after the procedure. Complications after this subnasal lip lift surgery are typically minor and they are as follows:
Directly after the procedure, you might experience an uncomfortable feeling as the mouth feels tight and swells. You can expect swelling to go away within four weeks following your surgery.
During the recovery, it is recommended to keep the following tips in mind:
This procedure is not covered by medical insurance as it is elective cosmetic surgery. Cost varies depending on the surgeon performing surgery and your geographic location. According to several studies, the average cost of a bullhorn lip lift in NYC is between $2,000 and $5,000. The price will go up if you decide to have a subnasal lip lift paired with another procedure.
Some patients prefer lip lift injection to Bullhorn lip treatment. Injections are non-invasive and don’t require long recovery. However, injections aren’t long lasting and lose their effect after 3-4 months. You can also try facial exercises for uplifted lips. It’s an easy and pain-free treatment, but it may not bring quick or lasting results.
Apart from making your smile appealing, lip lifts are also famous for their long-lasting results. Unlike lip implants or injections, lift lip procedure is a permanent solution.
There are many facial plastic surgeons who perform bullhorn lip lift procedure. You can go on websites such as RealSelf to research facial plastic surgeons in your area and elsewhere who perform bullhorn lip surgery. It is important to find a plastic surgeon with expertise in this particular type of upper lip lift surgery.
Dr. Linkov is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in NYC and the only medical reviewer for the lip lift category on RealSelf located in Manhattan, NYC. He would be happy to discuss if bullhorn lift lip surgery is right for you during your consultation.
A subnasal lip lift can do more than just improve your mouth. It can create a more balanced, beautiful appearance to your facial features. To learn more about the bullhorn lip lift procedure or any of our other cosmetic solutions, schedule a consultation with a top-rated facial plastic surgeon in Midtown, Manhattan Dr. Linkov.
If you have been considering a bullhorn lip lift to improve the symmetry and fullness of your lips, City Facial Plastic in Manhattan’s Upper East Side can create the results you desire. Stop searching for “bullhorn lip lift near me” and contact our clinic for a consultation.
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