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Although lip augmentation with fillers is a very popular procedure, there are some patients who would like to have smaller lips! Some patients want both lips reduced, and some want one smaller to bring symmetry between the two lips. Dr Rodman can do this procedure in the office with local anesthesia or in OR, depending on what the patient prefers. Either way, she makes the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient. Before the patient goes to sleep, they model for Dr. Rodman how small they want the lips and that is marked. The patient and Dr. Rodman work together to decide on the size and shape that will make the patient happy and appear natural. Your Lip Reduction will be performed in Dr. Regina Rodman‘s surgery center located in Houston, TX
The incision is made behind what we call the wet-dry line, which is the area of the lip that divides the part where one puts lipstick and the wet/mucosal lip. With the incision back there, there is no scar that shows. Fat and mucosa from the under side and back of the lip is removed, and the front of the lip tucks under, making the whole lip appear smaller. The wound is closed with some stitches that need to be removed in one week.
The procedure takes about 1-1.5 hours and you are able to go home afterwards. The lips do swell very much after the surgery, so you won’t see the real results for several weeks. Dr. Rodman gives medicine to help with swelling and pain, but plan on taking it easy for about a week afterward. They will stay swollen for 2-4 weeks, so plan the procedure at a time when you don’t have any important events. As they are healing they may feel tight and need to be massaged to keep the scar soft.
alternative to lip injections
A lip lift is a procedure that permanently increases the upper lip. It is a great alternative to lip injections because the procedure is permanent. It is also the best way to alter the vertical show of the upper lip without increasing the projection. A lip lift gives the upper lip and more full appearance, but does not need to be maintained every few months. It’s also a great option for patients who would like more vertical show of the upper lip, and also would like to increases dental show. It is a procedure that can be done by itself in the office with local anesthesia or as part of other surgeries, such as facial feminization.
A lip lift is a great alternative to lip filler, or it can be done in addition to lip filler. With lip filler, patients may gain volume and horizontal projection, but there is limit to the amount of vertical height they can gain. A lip lift gives vertical show of the lip without increasing the fullness. This avoid an “overfilled” or “done” looking lip. In this procedure, Dr. Rodman removes an ellipse of skin beneath the nose. This reduces the length of the philtrum. The philtrum is the skin between the upper lip and the nose. As we age, the distance between the nose and the upper lip lengthens and the upper lip becomes thinner. A lip lift shortens this distance by removing a wedge of skin right under the nose. The upper lip is then pulled up, which helps to show more pink lip as well as more teeth. A fuller upper lip appears more youthful and more feminine. There are three categories of patients who are good candidates for lip lifts. The first is patients who desire facial feminization. Men often have a thin upper lip with a long philtrum.
A fuller upper lip appears more youthful and more feminine. There are three categories of patients who are good candidates for lip lifts. The first is patients who desire facial feminization. Men often have a thin upper lip with a long philtrum. A lip lift will permanently feminize the lips during facial feminization surgery. The second group is women and men whose upper lip has lost volume with age. As we age, the distance between the nose and the top lip (called the philtrum) lengthens. Shortening this distance and restoring the pink lip gives a rejuvenated and youthful appearance. Young men and women may also be candidates for this procedure, and make up the third category. Often patients who opt for a lip lift had had many cycles of injections and are looking for a more permanent solution. The procedure takes about an hour in entirety, and it can be performed in the office. Most patients chose to take some medicine to help them relax during the procedure. They are still awake, but drowsy and calm. The area is numbed with local anesthesia before the procedure so the patients don’t feel pain. Recovery from a lip lift is brief. If done in the office, patients go home the same day and can take Tylenol and Ibuprofen only for pain. Sutures stay in for one week. The scar hides very well under the nose and is barely visible when it is healed. Scar care continues for one year. Best results are achieved with patients who avoid sun exposure and use scar gel diligently. After two weeks, the scar can be covered with make up. To find out if a lip lift is right for you, schedule a consult to discuss your options with Dr. Rodman.
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The Face Forward process starts with a consultation. You will meet with Dr. Rodman (either in the office or via video call) to discuss the result or look you want to achieve. Dr. Rodman will review and educate you about your options and schedule you for the procedure of your choice. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled as necessary. Achieve your look and enjoy the new you! Schedule your consultation for plastic surgery in Houston at Face Forward today.
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