People with thin lips often use fillers to make them appear plump and fuller. But the problem with this procedure is that you’ll need a replacement every six months. While hyaluronic acid, the main ingredient used in the injection, is safe and without side effects per se, repeatedly enlarging the lips expands the tissues, permanently stretching the skin and leaving you in worse shape than when you started. Bullhorn lip lift or subnasal lip lift surgery is a better and more permanent alternative to fillers. Read on if you’re considering a lip lift and need to know more about the surgery, including cost, recovery period, etc.
What is Subnasal Lip Lift Surgery?
Subnasal lip lift surgery involves elevating the top lip to reduce the distance between the upper lip and the nose. This helps create a balance and harmony between the top of the lips and the area between the lips and nose. This surgical procedure offers fantastic results to patients looking to correct lip or mouth imbalances or those who need to make their thin lips appear fuller.
Ideally, the distance from the base of the nose to the upper lip should be one-third of the distance from the nose to the chin. In addition, the section over the red lip must be concave. And the upper lip should protrude slightly more, although the lower lip must have more volume.
How is THE Subnasal Lip Lift Procedure Performed?
The procedure involves making a small incision on the philtrum, i.e., the groove between the nose and the border of the upper lip. The surgeon then trims a strip of this skin to lift the lip area and make the philtrum appear shorter. The wound is sutured and removed within a week, although most sutures are dissolvable. The entire subnasal lip lift procedure, from start to finish, takes less than 30 minutes and can even be combined with other facial surgeries like facelift or dermabrasion.
Subnasal Lip Lift Surgery Recovery Time:
Like any other procedure, a subnasal lip lift surgery also involves scarring, but the scar is less visible since the incision is made on the natural crease. As we said earlier, the wound could take up to a week to heal. But most patients avoid meeting friends and family for a few days because of the bruising.
The surgeon may recommend light physical activity such as daily walks and advise against vigorous activities like hitting the gym, cycling, etc.
How Much Does a Subnasal Lip Lift Surgery Cost in India?
Although costs may vary depending on the experience and expertise of the surgeon, lip surgeries generally range from INR 40,000 to INR 1,00000. It is relatively inexpensive in Tier III cities like Nagercoil because of the generally low cost of medical facilities in such towns. But affordable doesn’t mean low quality. For instance, at the Richardsons Hospital, we have state-of-the-art medical facilities. We are guided by one of the best subnasal lip lift surgeons in India, Dr. Sunil Richardson.
Visit us for an initial consultation to learn more about the procedure and check if you are the right candidate for subnasal lip lift surgery.