Difference Between Types of Lip Lift Surgery?
- Asked by TobyRyan in Massachusetts
- 4 years ago
What's the difference between an Italian lip lift and a Bullhorn lip lift? What are the pros and cons of each type of lip lift procedure?
A brief review of lip lift options
Italian Lip Lift: Two separate incisions beneath each nostril. Skin is removed and the right and then the left lip are each separately lifted by closing the wound and reducing the distance bewteen the lip and nose.
Bull-Horn (subnasal) Lip lift: A single bull horn shaped excision of skin immediately beneath both nostrils shaped like a mini moustache. Closing the wound lifts the right, central, and left portions of the upper lip
Gull-wing (direct) lip lift: A single gull wing shaped removal of skin directly above the red portion of the lip where a woman typically applies lipstick liner.
None of the above 3 lift the corners of the mouth and can actually make them appear to turn downwards even more. Therefore, the above are frequently combined with a corner lift.
Corner lip lift: a triangular or heart shaped excision of skin directly above and to the outside of the "corners" of the mouth to lift and prevent a downturning or frowning appearance.
Italian vs. Bullhorn Lip Lift
Thank you for the great question. The Italian lip lift is not a commonly performed procedure, but the general idea is that this technique avoids cutting under the columella (the part of the nose that divides the nostrils). The bullhorn technique is similar but includes the central portion. In my opinion, it is easier to get a natural-appearing curvature of the upper lip with this option.
Web reference: http://www.sanfranciscofacialplasticsurgery.com/lip-lift.php
Italian Lip Lift versus Bullhorn lip lift
I had not done an italian lip lift, so I looked up the article.
Web reference: http://www.cosmeticsurg.net/procedures/Lip-lift.php
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