A lip lifting is a surgical procedure that shortens the space between the nose and the top of the lip, known as the “philtrum”. The procedure increases the amount of pink tissue (mucosa of the lips) that is visible which makes the lips look fuller and more pronounced. It also increases how much of your upper central teeth show when your lips are resting. It is a good option for people who want to add height instead of volume to their lips.
The subnasal bullhorn is one of the more common lip lift procedures. The surgeon will make an incision that’s typically hidden along the base of the nose where it’s less visible. The incision is often made in the shape of a bullhorn and the centre, right, and left of the lip are all pulled up toward the nose. A central lip lift is similar to a subnasal bullhorn lift. It shortens the space between the nose and the lips by an incision at the lower nose.
After the surgery, you need to Plan to rest for at least 24 hours and avoid strenuous exercise and smoking in the weeks after. Avoid sleeping on your face or opening your mouth too wide.
Keep your lips moisturized and Clean the incisions following the doctor’s recommendations.
As with all surgeries, lip lifts have some potential complications include:
- Poor wound healing
- Blood loss during or after surgery
- Nerve damage