Subnasal Lip Lift

No matter your age, full and vivacious lips can effortlessly bring out the beauty of your facial features. In contrast, if your lips lack in shape or volume, it can take a toll on both your appearance and self-image. Through a subnasal lip lift in Roseville, CA, you can permanently improve the proportions of your lips to feel more confident in your looks.

At Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Jonathan M. Sykes and Dr. David J. Kiener specialize in facial surgeries that offer dramatic enhancements for your features. The subnasal or modified bullhorn lip lift in Roseville,CA is a part of these procedures and delivers significant improvements to the appearance of your lips.

Call us today at 916.773.0395 or schedule an online consultation to learn more about achieving more voluminous and balanced lips with a subnasal lip lift.

What Is Subnasal Lip Lift?

Subnasal lip lift, sometimes called a bullhorn lip lift, is a lip enhancement surgery that permanently improves the volume, shape, and balance of your lips. The procedure achieves this remarkable feat by decreasing the space between the base of your nose and the outer border of your upper lip. This not only lowers the distance between your nose and lip but also “lifts” your upper lip to broaden its appearance and define its curves. This creates the look of more voluminous and fuller lips that become a positive highlight of your facial profile.

The results that you achieve through a subnasal lip lift are permanent, while the post-surgical side-effects that you may feel remain minimal. This makes subnasal lip lift a highly sought after surgery for those who feel dissatisfied with the thinness, imbalanced proportions, and weakened shape of their lips.

What Are The Benefits Of Subnasal Lip Lift?

Subnasal lip lift delivers several benefits that include the following perks:

  • Visually enhancing the volume of your lips.
  • Improving the shape of your lips.
  • Adding more definition to the contours of your lips.
  • Delivering permanent results for your features.
  • Boosting your confidence and self-image.

When you reach out to Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery for bullhorn lip lift in Roseville, CA, Dr. Sykes or Dr. Kiener will have a detailed consultation with you. During this discussion, we explain these benefits to you in more detail and answer any questions that you may have about your specific procedure.

How Does Subnasal Lip Lift Work?

Subnasal lip lift works by decreasing the space between your nose and lips. This “lifts” your upper lip, gives more shape to its outer edges, and creates the appearance of increased volume by highlighting more of its vermilion (the pink tissue of your lips).

The procedure requires your surgeon to make an incision below the base of your nose in the shape of a bullhorn to remove excess skin. This is where the procedure gets its name of bullhorn lip lift. Once the incision is made, your surgeon carefully pulls up your skin between your nose and upper lip, and closes the bullhorn incision with stitches.

Once you have recovered from your subnasal lip lift in Roseville, CA, you can enjoy a permanently augmented and more defined appearance for your lips that also brings more visual balance to your facial features.

To make sure that you are comfortable with the process, Dr. Kiener or Dr. Sykes guide you through every step of the way so you can feel confident in your choice of procedure and the care you receive.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Subnasal Lip Lift?

You might be a good candidate for subnasal lip lift if:

  • You have thin lips.
  • You have significant space between your nose and lips.
  • You want to redefine the contours of your upper lip.
  • You prefer permanent results as opposed to temporary solutions.
  • You are in overall good health.
  • You hold realistic expectations from the procedure.

What Happens During A Subnasal Lip Lift Treatment?

On the day of your subnasal lip lift in Sacramento, CA, you arrive at our office center that complies with strict medical safety standards and offers a comfortable environment for patients’ comfort. Once our team helps you settle in for your surgery, you can expect to go through the following steps.

  • Our team administers local anesthesia into the treatment site to ensure that you feel no pain during the surgery. But if you prefer not to be awake during the procedure, we provide you with a general anesthetic to help you sleep through the surgery. If this procedure is being done in conjunction with other procedures, it may be done under general anesthesia at a Surgery Center.
  • Our team makes sure that your surgical area is properly cleansed to prevent risks of infections. Afterwards, Dr. Sykes or Dr. Kiener makes the surgical incision under your nose in the shape of a bullhorn and removes excess skin from the site.
  • Your surgeon gently lifts the skin between your nose and upper lip, while making sure that the renewed contours and curves of your lips give definition to the rejuvenated shape of your lips.
  • Your surgeon closes the incision with precise stitches and completes the surgery.
  • If the procedure is done under general anesthesia, you are moved to a recovery room where you typically wake quickly. You can then go home soon afterwards, but you will need someone to drive you home.

Dr. Sykes or Dr. Kiener provide you with a detailed list of aftercare instructions and answer any post-procedure questions that you may have. We also prescribe medications such as painkillers to help you remain comfortable during your recovery.

What Does Recovery After Subnasal Lip Lift Look Like?

Recovery after subnasal lip lift may include some temporary side-effects including soreness, swelling, and bruising around the surgical site. You can alleviate post-surgical soreness through over-the-counter or prescription medications and manage swelling as well as bruising by following aftercare instructions that are provided to you by our medical team. While post-surgical pain may typically go away within 5-7 days of your surgery, swelling and bruising may usually take 4-6 weeks to subside completely. You may also feel some tightness within your lips, which typically stays in place for the first 6-8 weeks after your subnasal lip lift.

Depending upon the nature of your job, you may resume work the very next day following your surgery. As significant swelling and bruising goes away within the first week of your surgery, you may also feel more comfortable with going back to your usual social activities. During this period, you need to continue following the post-surgical instructions delivered by Dr. Kiener or Dr. Sykes.

By the end of the second week, you may take up more strenuous activities such as exercise after consulting with your surgeon. You may still have some lingering swelling, bruising, and redness across your incisions, which usually disappears within 3-4 weeks of your surgery.

During this period, you also receive continuous guidance from the Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery team during follow-up visits. This makes sure that you return to work, resume specific activities, and make lifestyle decisions according to the pace of your recovery. As a result, you can safely recover from your bullhorn lip lift in Sacramento, CA.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Subnasal Lip Lift in Sacramento, CA

At Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sykes and Dr. Kiener use their extensive experience and specialized qualifications to provide beautiful, natural-looking subnasal lip lifts in Sacramento, CA. This gives you voluminous lips that are in harmony with your facial structure, while also ensuring your safety and wellbeing. Call us at 916.773.0395 or schedule a consultation online to discuss how bullhorn lip lift can help you enjoy permanent enhancements in the appearance of your lips and overall facial features.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does subnasal lip lift cost in Sacramento, CA?

The cost of subnasal lip lift in Sacramento, CA varies across patients. After having a detailed consultation with you, our surgeons and medical team can provide you with a personalized cost estimate for your bullhorn lip lift.

How soon can you see results after subnasal lip lift?

While the changes to your lips are visible right after the surgery, you need to wait for the temporary swelling and bruising to subside before you can fully experience the rejuvenated look of your lips. This can typically take 1 month from your surgery date. In some cases, it might take some more time to see the full extent of your bullhorn lip lift results.

What are the side-effects of subnasal lip lift?

Common but temporary side-effects of subnasal lip lift may include swelling, bruising, and soreness across the surgical area just below your nose. These side-effects subside on their own within a few weeks after your surgery. After your initial recovery, you can conceal any lingering redness with recommended makeup products until it completely dissipates approximately 1 month from your surgery date.

How much time off work do you need after a subnasal lip lift?

While recovery looks different for everyone, most patients return to work 1-3 days after their subnasal lip lift. After determining your pace of recovery, our surgeons can advise how soon you can resume work safely.

Does subnasal lip lift leave a scar?

When performed by a qualified surgeon, subnasal lip lift has low chances of leaving behind a prominent scar after surgery. This is possible through the combination of advanced techniques, sharp precision, and detailed aftercare instructions. For many patients, subnasal lip lift scar takes just a few months to fade away to the point where it becomes unnoticeable.

Is bullhorn lip lift painful?

By using anesthetics during the surgery, your surgeon ensures that a bullhorn lip lift does not cause you any pain. During the initial phase of your recovery, you can also take pain medications prescribed by your surgeon to find relief from post-surgical soreness.

Can I get lip fillers after a subnasal lip lift?

You can certainly get lip fillers after your subnasal lip lift. However, it is important that you completely recover from your surgery before moving forward with lip augmentation through fillers.