Bullhorn: The Surgical Lip Lift

Lips, lips, lips it’s the number one cosmetic procedure everyone is buzzing about lately. But what’s the secret to having a beautiful pouty lip and who hasn’t wished for fuller lips? Since Kylie Jenner transformed her look just by enhancing her lips it’s all the rage. Many people would like to enhance the appearance of their lips also like Kylie, which can ultimately have a positive effect on the entire look of your face. While lip augmentation with injectable dermal fillers can provide beautiful results, surgical techniques can also give the lips a fuller, more youthful appearance with very long-lasting effects. Surgical lip lifting known as “bullhorn” from Dr. Kaplan can enhance naturally thin lips, improve a flattening of the “cupid’s bow,” and combat the effects of aging with excellent results.

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While there are a number of different lip lifting techniques, the most common is the Subnasal Incision, or “bullhorn” technique. During this procedure, Dr. Kaplan will make a small incision under the nose and remove a thin strip of tissue. The removed skin looks somewhat like the shape of a bull’s horns. The edges of this incision are then closed together, resulting in a shorter upper lip and enhancing its contours and shape. Dr. Kaplan will work diligently to make any residual scarring virtually unnoticeable. With this procedure, the incisions are hidden in the natural depression under the nose, which can lead to very small and inconspicuous scars. Patients can expect some swelling and bruising in the treatment area for a few days after the procedure. Any discomfort can be managed with medication. Results of surgical lip lifting can last 5 to 10 years or more in some cases. So if you have been envying the lips seen all around Hollywood and have been thinking “that can’t just be fillers” you now know their secret. Schedule a consultation and see what lip enhancing procedure is right for you. Pout it out!

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