what is a bullhorn lip lift?

What is a Bullhorn Lip Lift?

A bullhorn lip lift describes the shape of the incision. If you’re looking to achieve a dreamy, long-lasting pout without needing to top up with lip filler, here’s what you need to know about a bullhorn lip lift. 

What Exactly is a Bullhorn Lip Lift?

The bullhorn lip lift is also known as a subnasal lip lift. The cosmetic procedure aims to shorten the space between your upper lips and nostrils while giving your upper lips that rolling look. By making the upper lip pink tissue more visible, the procedure creates a beautiful lip shape. The bullhorn’s name comes from the shape of the incision, which connects two horizontal lines.  

Lip Lift Bullhorn Excision, The Harley Clinic, London

During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision at the philtrum, typically along the base of the nose. Then, they will pull the lip upward, making the distance between the lip and nose shorter. This creates plumper and full lips.

If you’re looking to create a more youthful look that retains a natural result, a bullhorn lip lift may be suitable for you. As you get older, the white lip gets long, and the red lip begins to invert. It’s normal for the red lip to go under and the white to elongate. It’s common to combine a lip lift with other facial rejuvenation procedures, like a facelift

Lip Lift Before and After 

Before and after lip lift and lip filler at the Harley Clinic

Why is the Bullhorn Lip Lift Popular?

Last year, lip filler stole the number one spot for cosmetic surgery in the UK by the monthly search volume. Lips continue to be a popular area for cosmetic procedures. 

Many would love to have bigger and fuller lips that last longer than lip fillers. That’s where a lip lift comes in. A subnasal lip lift can give you a more youthful look and is one of the most sought-after lip shapes. Here’s why the procedure is becoming increasingly popular:

  • Defined lips 
  • Balance the face 
  • A natural result with even distribution 
  • Avoid needle injections 

Bullhorn Lip Lift: What to Expect 

Following your bullhorn lip lift, you will need to avoid drinking alcohol as the anaesthetic wears off. Also, avoid smoking and certain medications that can interact with the anaesthetic. In the first 24 hours, you will need to avoid strenuous activities. 

Over the new few weeks, you will continue to heal, and your bullhorn lip lift scar will become less visible. The scar will continue to fade over the next 12 months. The incision will be placed in the natural creases and shadows of the base of the nose, nostrils, and may extend to the alar base creases. 

In general, recovery can take a couple of weeks as the swelling subsides. If you have any sutures, they will be removed in five days. At 2 weeks, your skin should be dry with no scabs. 

Bullhorn Lip Lift UK at The Harley Clinic 

A bullhorn lip lift is a permanent procedure that can make your upper lip look plumper and create a youthful look. The operation may benefit those whose who don’t like the upkeep or the process of getting fillers and would love a more voluminous look. 

If you’re considering a bullhorn lip lift, book a consultation today at The Harley Clinic to discuss the procedure, and your goals, so we can answer any questions you have. 

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