This surgery reduces the distance between the top of the upper lip and the base of the nose. Surgically lifting the upper lip not only allows for a more prominent vermillion (the red portion of the lip) but it can also shorten the cutaneous lip (the skin between the red lip and the nose) This can often be an advantage for many patients.
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Buonassisi makes a fine incision that hides along the base of the nose. It is shaped like the horns of a bull, hence its name. The skin is elevated inferiorly and a predetermined amount of skin is removed. The closure of the surgical site essentially pulls the lip upward toward the nose allowing for the improvement desired. Patients often choose to add dermal filler to their lip along with this procedure as well to further enhance the lips.
If you would like to have a more prominent upper lip and your upper lip is also longer that you would like, this may be a surgery to consider.
You may be a candidate for a bullhorn lip lift if you have the following physical features:
If you are thinking about having a lip lift surgery, we strongly recommend you take advantage of our complimentary pre consultation. This is a discussion with a knowledgeable patient care expert who can help determine what procedure might be right for you, give you more information about recovery and help schedule a meeting with Dr. Buonassisi if you are ready to take that step.