As one of San Antonio’s most sought-after facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Jose Barrera has met prospective patients that want to simultaneously refine their nose while lifting and enhancing their lips. In his opinion, Dr. Barrera believes that combining rhinoplasty and lip lift procedures is not only safe but also offers patients remarkable benefits.
What Does Lip Lift Accomplish?
Lip lift is designed for individuals that are bothered by the length of their upper lip area. Through an incision made at the base of the nose, a bullhorn-shaped portion of skin is excised to shorten the space between the nose and upper lip and lift the upper lip.
This slightly raises the corners of the lips, defining the cupid’s bow and enhancing the overall shape of the lips. As opposed to lip enhancement with dermal filler injections, which simply plump up the volume of the lips, lip lift subtly improves their structure. After lip lift, the lips also reveal more white teeth when smiling for a youthful look.
Experts like Dr. Barrera understand that lip lift is just as much of a science as it is an art. Studies show that the ideal measurement of the space between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips, called the philtrum, is 11 to 13 millimeters for women and 13 to 15 for men. With age, dwindling collagen and stretched ligaments can expand the philtrum by several millimeters. For the right candidates, lip lift is an ideal solution to this perceived flaw.
What Does Rhinoplasty Accomplish?
Rhinoplasty changes the shape of the nose and is highly personalized to the unique needs of the patient. Some patients have always been unhappy with their nose or dislike how it has changed with age; others suffer an injury that disfigures the nose or affects their breathing ability. Therefore, the goal of rhinoplasty is different for everyone.
Certain patients wish to narrow a wide nose, others want to straighten a crooked nose. Some patients want to perfect the appearance of a specific characteristic of the nose, such as the tip. In the case of a droopy or bulbous tip, rhinoplasty can refine the tip so it blends in harmoniously with the rest of the nose and face.
Incorporating lip lift into the rhinoplasty procedure can simultaneously provide permanent lip fullness while refining the nasal tip.
Benefits of Combining Rhinoplasty with Lip Lift
Dr. Barrera believes that combining these procedures is safe and yields great results. His ability to perform multiple cosmetic procedures simultaneously offers several benefits to patients, namely the following:
- Limited anesthesia exposure: Instead of going under anesthesia in two separate operations, patients are only exposed to anesthesia once.
- Shortened recovery: Instead of recovering from two separate surgeries, patients only have one recovery.
- Reduced costs: Combining procedures cuts down on facility fees and anesthesia fees.
- Expedited results: Instead of waiting to undergo and recover from two separate operations spaced weeks apart, patients can achieve the desired results much sooner.
Discuss Your Needs and Goals with Dr. Barrera
The best way to determine your specific needs and how best to meet them is to consult with a qualified facial plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Barrera, please call or email our practice today.