Upper Lip Lift, Bullhorn lip lift, Subnasal Lip Lift, Gullwing lip lift, Italian lip lift
One of the common changes of aging is lengthening of the upper lip. This could be because of loss of maxillary bony volume, stretching of skin and also due to loss of lip volume. This creates the appearance of a thin red vermillion of the lip and a long upper lip.
This appearance can sometimes be caused by over use of dermal fillers over a long period which stretch out the lip, giving it an overlong appearance.
The appearance of a long upper lip can also be a family trait, that you dislike.
A beautiful balanced upper lip, generally has a full, plump red (vermillion) show, with a bow shaped centre (Cupids Bow). On the side view a beautiful upper lip has a gentle J shaped curve, having less volume in the upper 1⁄3rd close to the nose and more volume in the red of the lip.
Normal lip landmarks of upper lip are as shown below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for lip lift?
The distance between the base of your nose or columella and the upper lip white roll ie the philtral ridges should be between 8mm to 1.5cm for you to be a good candidate.
- If you want to reduce the height between your lip and nose which causes your lips to look thin and vertically long.
- If dermal fillers don’t enhance the show of the red of the lips and instead make your lips look ducky. Some patients choose to have the lip lift to replace the need for regular dermal fillers in their lips.
- If your lips have lengthened with aging and your central teeth no longer show on smiling.
A lip lift can be a very good component of facial feminisation for a gender-affirming procedure.
Which are the common kinds of lip lift operations?
Italian Lip lift, the surgeon removes two small pieces of skin from under the nostril, while this op leaves a well hidden scar, it can narrow the nostrils.
The bullhorn lip lift or subnasal lip lift is Dr Prashant’s favoured technique, in this operation a bullhorn shaped strip of skin is removed from the base of the nose. The scar is well hidden in the shadow of the nose.
How is the lip lift performed?
Can I have a lip lift if I have had dermal fillers?
When will I see the results, how long will the results last?
The results once established are long term, generally up to 10 years, but the treatment does not stop the changes of aging around your lips and face.
An accurate estimate of the costs is only possible after an in-clinic consultation with Dr Prashant. We charge a £50 deposit to secure your consultation with Dr Prashant, this amount will be deducted from the costs of the treatment you go on to have at our clinic.
The cost of this treatment under local anesthesia starts from £2500 to £3000 depending on procedure and complexity.