Lip treatment? Lip Lift? Bullhorn Lip Lift? Questions for PD Dr Mathias Tremp

Curved and full lips stand for sensuality and femininity. However, not all women have this shape naturally. In addition, lips can become thinner and longer with age. Aesthetic medicine and surgery can improve the fullness and shape of the lips. Today, mainly natural and degradable products such as autologous fat or hyaluronic acid are used to improve the shape and volume of the lips.

However, a narrow upper lip, the visibility of the lower edges of the incisors and the accentuation and lifting of the red of the upper lip are other essential features of a beautiful mouth. The surgical treatment of an elongated upper lip ("philtrum") is the so-called "Bullhon Lip-Lift".

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What is a Bullhorn Lip Lift and why does this procedure have this name?

The optimal distance between the upper lip and the nose is considered to be 11 - 14mm. However, with age, the distance can increase significantly and the face looks older.

With the Bullhorn Lip-Lift, the excess skin in the area of the upper lip is removed and the upper lip is thereby permanently shortened.

This method makes the lips, which tend to be narrow and flat due to genetic predisposition or age, more feminine, the upper lip red is emphasised and the teeth are more visible when smiling.

This makes your face look more open, sympathetic and attractive. As the shape of the excised skin is reminiscent of bullhorns, this procedure is called a "bullhorn lip lift".

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What other lip treatments are there and what is the difference to the Bullhorn Lip Lift?

Lip injections with hyaluronic acid are a very low-risk option for lip treatment. Hyaluronic acid is an endogenous, biological and naturally degradable product and has the property of binding water. This can change the volume of the lips, the shape of the lips, but also the corners of the mouth (so-called "Corner Lip Lift") and lift the corners of the mouth.

Likewise, disturbing lip margin wrinkles (so-called smoker's lines) can be easily smoothed out. The results are immediately visible and there is no downtime. With an additional treatment of botulinum, the red of the upper lip can also be lifted (so-called "lip flip" treatment).

In most cases, the treatment effect with botulinum occurs after 48 - 72 hours, the maximum effect is achieved after 1 - 2 weeks. When treating with hyaluronic acid, the proportions and harmony of the upper and lower lip must be taken into account. In particular, the so-called golden ratio must be taken into account (1 : 1.618). In the case of asymmetrical lip shape, lump formation or vascular occlusion, the hyaluronic acid can be dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

The results after a hyaluronic acid treatment usually last between 6 -12 months, then the treatment can be repeated. With the Bullhorn Lip-Lift, on the other hand, a permanent result is achieved, a follow-up treatment or fine correction is very rarely necessary.
An alternative treatment method to hyaluronic acid is lip treatment with autologous fat.

In this natural form of treatment, liposuction is performed on a desired area, the fat is prepared accordingly and injected into the lips. With this treatment, approx. 40 - 50% of the fat is dissolved in the first 3 months, the remaining part remains for a long time.

What is the Bullhorn Lip Lift procedure?

The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and can be done on an outpatient basis. The operation takes approx. 45 - 60 minutes

Where does the scar run?

The incision is made along the wings of the nose and the bridge of the nose. The scar is thus hidden in the area of the natural skin fold under the nasal entrance and is thus hardly visible.

Who is suitable for a Bullhorn Lip Lift?

The procedure is suitable for all women who feel their lips are too narrow and too long. Due to genetic predisposition or also the natural ageing process, the lips appear narrower over time, increasing the distance between the nose and the mouth and thus making the face appear older.

There is therefore actually no age limit for the procedure. The various treatment methods are discussed in detail during an individual consultation.

What are the risks of a Bullhorn Lip Lift?

The risks of the treatment are low. As with all surgical procedures, disturbances in wound healing or infection can occur. However, these complications are very rare due to the good blood circulation in the facial area.

Slight swelling, bruising or redness may occur for a few days, which often disappears by itself. Sensory restrictions of the upper lip are not to be expected after the healing of the operation.

What do I have to keep in mind after the operation?

After the operation you should cool the upper lip for a few days. I also recommend avoiding excessive talking or intensive chewing during the healing phase and eating a cool and soft diet. I also recommend no physical exertion until the wound has healed (usually after 7 days).

The sutures are removed after 5 to 7 days, then hardly anything can be seen of the operation. You will then need to massage the scar with a fatty or silicone scar cream daily for up to a year after the operation and use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 50. In principle, there is hardly any restriction on your ability to work; after 3 - 5 days you are usually fit for social life.

What are the costs?

As the procedure is an aesthetic treatment, the health insurance companies do not cover the applications. Depending on the additional procedures and duration of the operation, you will receive a detailed written cost estimate from us.

The costs for the planned operation must be transferred at least 7 days before the operation so that the appointment can be definitively confirmed. This advance payment, which is common in the industry, is necessary in order to make the reservations and preparations for your operation.

Do you have any questions?

Make an appointment for a consultation.

Contact us during office hours to arrange a no-obligation consultation with PD Dr. med. Mathias Tremp in Cham near Zug.

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