Upper Lip Plumping Featured on The Doctors

Refining the appearance of the upper lip is a delicate business, and sometimes a single procedure just doesn’t do the trick. Recently, some plastic surgeons have been using a two-part procedure to enhance the appearance of the upper lip a Botox injection to mask fine lines, followed by injections of hyaluronic acid fillers to add volume. This technique was recently featured on an episode of ABCâ??s The Doctors.

(Please note: the video below shows a woman having her lips injected with dermal fillers. Although the procedure is painless, it might be a bit unsettling to people with a phobia of needles.)

I’ve always had thin lips, says Mary. I’ve tried different kinds of lipsticks and liners and things that might allegedly plump your lips but it’s not really worked. I don’t do enough for myself and it would be really fun to have some girly lips. The solution for Mary is what Dr. Ordon calls the upper lip overhaul. Unlike similar procedures previously performed on the show, this is a twofold procedure with one half having been performed in advance. Botox has been injected near Mary’s upper lip to resolve the fine lines that appeared there. The second step involves adding volume with dermal fillers along the border of the lip, where the lip has thinned as a result of the aging process. Typically, with the aging process, you see those lips thin, because we lose volume in the structures around the mouth, says Dr. Ordon. Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers both last roughly 3-6 months, so that patients can have the results of the dual procedure refreshed simultaneously.

There’s something else that I noticed in the video, which often goes unnoticed, but bears mentioning. You can see how subtle the results of the procedure are  Dr. Chopra deftly avoids the over-plumped look that is the hallmark of bad cosmetic surgery in Hollywood nowadays. That’s because Dr. Chopra knows exactly how far to go, and when to stop.

Back in April, the ASAPS website had an interesting post about the importance of shape, as well as size, when performing lip augmentation. Plastic surgeons need to be careful about how much volume to add, since too much volume can result in trout pout overdone lips that make you appear fishy. Your lips have a natural proportion that must be respected. According to one Detroit plastic surgeon quoted in the article, the lower lip should be one and a half times the size of the upper lip. That’s the proportion of Mary’s lips that you can see in the video.

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Society’s Predictions for 2011

2011 plastic surgery predictionsThe American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) came up with a list of predictions for cosmetic plastic surgery in 2011 based on interviews with leading plastic surgeons around the country.

They highlighted several areas where they expect to see growth: facelifts, injectables and body contouring.

As the economy improves, the Society says the demand for facelift surgery will increase, as those who have been putting off the surgery for the past few years will be ready in 2011.

The growth of injectables, already the most popular non-surgical procedure according to ASAPS’s 2009 statistics, will continue to increase in popularity as they evolve and new products enter the market. Botox, Juvederm and Restylane are a few of the many choices available today.

According to ASAPS, body contouring procedures will also be on the rise as more obese people turn to weight loss surgery and then to cosmetic procedures, such as abdominoplasty, lower body lifts and upper arm lifts, after they lose a significant amount of weight.

The Society also predicts that in coming years patients will be seeking more posterior body lifts, buttock lifts, surgical and nonsurgical buttock augmentations to shape and augment their buttocks thanks in part to celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez who have made it a must-have accessory.

One area where they see change ahead is in fat reduction techniques. While liposuction will remain the standard in surgical fat reduction, new non-surgical techniques will continue to be developed, including freezing, zapping and lasering fat, as possible alternatives to surgery.

The Society unfortunately sees consumers looking for bargains on cosmetic procedures, which will lead to an increase in plastic surgery “horror” stories, such as when patients get discount injectables bought overseas and cosmetic procedures performed by untrained practitioners. This can be avoided by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon.

For the full list of predictions, visit surgery.org.

FDA Discussion Will Focus on Dermal Filler Safety, Efficacy

Officials from the Food and Drug Administration met in November with a group of outside experts to review complications that have been reported in association with cosmetic dermal filler injections.

Over the last six years, there have been roughly 900 reports of wrinkle filler issues. Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and other new offerings are products that fall under this category. The group will discuss the possibility of labeling changes and the seriousness of the reported issues. Is this a reason to be concerned about dermal filler safety? Yes and No.

It may sound alarming to those outside the surgery profession, but the complications and side effects associated with these products are still extremely rare. Demand for fillers and wrinkle reducers like Botox has risen dramatically, leading many untrained persons to believe that they can administer them in non-medical settings. The majority of industry professionals will attribute most of the reported complications to issues like these.

There are also well known problems that occur on a very infrequent basis, like minor swelling or allergic reactions, with the latter being a subject of greater FDA interest. According to a recent MSNBC news article, Allergan spokeswoman Caroline Van Hove said “no serious problems were seen in clinical trials of Juvederm, and the most common complaint since its approval was swelling in 0.4 percent of patients.”

Also, Food and Drug Administration officials noted that the “reports had several limitations such as failing to say when the problems started.”

Safety and proper training is of the utmost importance when considering any surgical or cosmetic procedure, so we recommend that all patients seek a knowledgeable cosmetic surgeon with the right qualifications.

For more information on the FDA panel discussion, the briefing is located here.

Free Consultation
close slider

Contact Us

Best time to contact?
MorningAfternoonEvening
Sign up for email specials?
YesNo