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Can I Get A Lip Lift Done At The Same Time As A Rhinoplasty?

If you are a good candidate for the combination procedure, then the answer is yes: you can get a lip lift and rhinoplasty at the same time. Choosing to get a lip lift is a serious decision, so be sure to consider all the options before going ahead with the procedure.

Lip Lift And Rhinoplasty At The Same Time

How can the lip lift be combined with rhinoplasty?

Lip lifts shorten the upper area of the mouth, and the incision is usually made at the base of the nose or along the lip line, which allows the surgeon to remove the most tissue. The way rhinoplasties are performed depends on the method chosen and intended outcome, but a closed rhinoplasty pairs well with lip lifts because:

  • there is plenty of blood flow going to the nose with a closed rhinoplasty
  • healing time is not prolonged
  • the tissue bridge will still be strong enough to hold everything in place

The two main benefits of combining procedures are shortened recovery periods and reduced cost.

Can I have a closed rhinoplasty?

Generally speaking, the surgeon determines the method used, and although you might be able to search for one who recommends a particular choice, most will prefer the open method. The closed method goes through the nostrils, while the open method will require an incision in the columella between the nostrils. The open method allows the surgeon to be more precise by making it possible to take measurements and to have a direct line of sight to the structure of the nose which is undergoing operation.

Staging the procedures

Another alternative to combining the surgeries is to perform them sequentially, usually within 6 weeks or more of each other. In addition to increased chances of safety and success of the final outcome, there is the added bonus of being able to see how a rhinoplasty changes your overall appearance. Depending on how your surgeon will modify your nose, you may not even require a lip lift. For example, your doctor might rotate the tip of your nose so that it doesn’t point upwards as much, which will complement a longer upper lip.

Additionally, you can shorten the appearance of the top lip in other ways, such as having a fuller set of lips. There are many great fillers for the job.

Consulting a qualified specialist will give you the best answer. Contact our team of experts for more information.





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