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    Old 11-14-2004, 10:44 PM   #1
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    Lip Reduction

    Hi

    I would like to know if anyone has had lip reduction surgery and could recommend a doctor to go to. The procedure is not really common b.c everyone is getting lip plum therefore I can't seem to locate any surgeon that performs the surgery and is an expert. I don't want to go to someone who claims they can do it but probably never did one before. If anyone has, you can also add your experience about the surgery and the results or any other information that might be helpful.

    Thanks a great bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
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    Old 11-18-2004, 05:18 PM   #2
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    Well, after having rhino and a chin implant by a local palstic surgeon, I decided to travel to California to get my lips reduced although my plastic surgeon down here could have performed it. I am going to trust Dr. Griffin in Beverly Hills because he seemed to know exactly what I needed. My lips aren't that big instead their a bit too wide so I am going to get him to close it up a little. Dr. Griffin was one of the dcos on Extreme makeover and he did a miraculous job to the woman lips on there although my lips isn't no where that big. I hope this helps!

    P.S. The consultation fee is five hundred big ones (over the phone or in person)!!

     
    Old 11-18-2004, 06:59 PM   #3
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    What state did you have the originally work done? Have you consulted with Dr Griffin and are sure you want to spend time and money going across country? If he does great work then I guess I will consider him too but $500 for a consulation fee is steep that is my plane tickets. And considering the fact that you need a week or two b/f the lips heal, I think it will only get expensive. Thanks for the info though. Let me know if and when you finally decide to get it so that I can hear about the results.

     
    Old 11-19-2004, 03:06 PM   #4
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    I reside in New Orleans. For me, I am a student, so I am pinched for money sometimes but I firmly believe that you get what you pay for and for my lips, I will pay a decent price to get then augmented because I've worked tirelessly to get rid of my braces and now my lips are next. I consulted with him over the phone and via email. Besides, the price goes toward your surgery which mine with local with run $2600. I haven't booked a date yet but I am trying to get a good date about three months for now so that I will be able to get a good round trip ticket. The office also recommended cheap hotels by LAX so I am going to try to keep the trip under $3200.

     
    Old 11-20-2004, 07:51 PM   #5
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    Wow, so you had braces too? How long did you have to wear your braces? Did you get the ceramic or metal bracket? And how did you results come out?
    I bet you are like a picture perfect face now;great nose, awesome chin, and perfect teeth!! You are right about paying a decent price for your lips b/c you can't hide that if you get a botched job done on it. At least the body can be hidden. When you had you rhino, how long were you swollen and away from the public for? Did you see you results immediately, or does it really take a year to see results? What type of rhino was it (tip improvement, profile, bump etc). I want to get rhino too but I can't afford to be off from work from one to two weeks and the fact that it takes a year to see improvement is a blower. I really don't need a lot just tip refinement and lenghtening like Halle Berry has. But I was told that I will still be bangaged and swollen for one week. Can you please brief me in a nutshell how the rhino procedure went.

    For you lips are you African American? Because when you say augumentation doesn't that mean increasing the lip size? And since you said your lips are wide as oppose to thick what kind of procedure would the doctor be performing to reduce the width? Are you getting both upper and lower done at the same time? Did you send him your lip photos, so that he can assess them?For my case I want to reduce both upper and lower and I'm not sure if that is similar to what you are having done. Did you doctor tell you how long you were going to have to stay indoors for the stitchs to heal. I was told a week and that they are till visible up until a year until it fades. The price is not that bad as it is no major procedure but I want proper clarification before I consult with him. I am thinking about next year too to get mine done when I find the right doctor, as I am just like you cramp for money and have too work tireless to save up. Thanks for answering my long questions.

     
    Old 11-20-2004, 10:16 PM   #6
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    Okay, I will try to answer all of your questions because I am currently dying of boredom.

    1. Wow, so you had braces too? How long did you have to wear your braces? Did you get the ceramic or metal bracket? And how did you results come out?

    ***I wore my braces for 2 and a half years. I had the clear on top and the metal on my bottom arch. My results are great because I has what my doctor called a "severe overbite." Initially, I wasn't feeling the braces but after 2-3 months, they became apart of me. I wanted that Hollywood smile so bad that I actually kept my appointments and they came off right on time. My results are great!! When I got my braces off, I also got my gums contoured(exposing more teeth and properly aligned around the top.) With the clea braces, people use to think I was wearing a retainer.

    2. When you had you rhino, how long were you swollen and away from the public for? Did you see you results immediately, or does it really take a year to see results? What type of rhino was it (tip improvement, profile, bump etc). I want to get rhino too but I can't afford to be off from work from one to two weeks and the fact that it takes a year to see improvement is a blower. I really don't need a lot just tip refinement and lenghtening like Halle Berry has. But I was told that I will still be bangaged and swollen for one week.

    ***Well, for number one, I am an medium complected African American, and I wanted my tip reduced with a small narrowing of the nose, just enough for it not to look like a nose job. I chose my ps because he too listened to me and my concerns because I have ethnic skin. The rhino didn't hurt but the chin implant gave me problems for it was burning and my lower lip was kinda stiff for about a month. I was back to school in about a week but my chin was kinda swollen. From ethnic rhinoplasty perspective, blacks usually don't bruise like a caucasion would and it has to do with our skin. My nose was swollen but just enough for me and the doctor to notice. My doctor told me that unless you're getting a hump on your nose broken or something of that nature then healing will be pretty good. Lucky for me, my surgeon didn't believe in packing the nose and taping it so all i had were the stiches inside of my nose from narrowing the nostrils. I couldn't bend over for about 3-4 weeks. I had to clean my nose and squirt saline inot it daily. I noticed a difference in the nostrils in about a month and the tip in about 3-4 months. I will be a year post-op in March. I changed my hairstyle about two weeks after the surgery and everyone said I looked different and attributed it to the hairstyle. I told them that I had a tooth pulled regarding the chin being swollen. With me being black, I feel that blacks are less likely to think that someone ordinary could have it and because its so taboo in our culture. In regards to my nose, it came out great, natural looking and no one has suspected a thing. I like to call my nose a refined surgery!

    3. Because when you say augumentation doesn't that mean increasing the lip size? And since you said your lips are wide as oppose to thick what kind of procedure would the doctor be performing to reduce the width? Are you getting both upper and lower done at the same time?

    ***Augmentation means changing and it not only refers to enhancement but reduction but its just associated with enhancing instead of changing. My lip procedure will entail making incisions inside both lips and bringing thecorners closer together. My lower lip will also be slightly raised. I better be getting both done for twenty six hundred dollars don't you think?

    4. Did you doctor tell you how long you were going to have to stay indoors for the stitchs to heal. I was told a week and that they are till visible up until a year until it fades. The price is not that bad as it is no major procedure but I want proper clarification before I consult with him. I am thinking about next year too to get mine done when I find the right doctor, as I am just like you cramp for money and have too work tireless to save up. Thanks for answering my long questions.

    ***I will be in for about a week and the swelling will begin to subside in 2-4 weeks if I take the proper routine in caring for them. My stictches would be dissolvable and they tend to take some weeks but nothing you can't deal with for I had them for my nose. My surgeon told me that the stiches will be invisible. Frankly, I wouldn't get my lips doone if the stiches were visible for that freakin long. I hope I've helped to answer all of your questions. Take care!

     
    Old 11-21-2004, 11:27 PM   #7
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    Thank God you are bored so that you can answer all my questions. I am just as bored too and that is why I keep posting on this board. It also seems like we have a lot in common about what we want.

    Did you have veneers to get a perfect smile or just gum contouring? How much were the gum contouring and did they hurt? what exactly are they supposed to do (gum contouring) because I have never heard of them at all.

    Well the doctor I saw said I will have a bandage, packing and taping for rhino and look like one of those people on tv who have rhino. So you are telling me that you did not bruise around the eyes and have puffy lower lids like what you see on tv after rhino or swollen face and cheeks. That is what I am afraid of the most. The packing, splint, swollen dark eyelids and staying indoors for a week. Now are you stitches visible? Did you ice your face? You are so lucky with your surgeon. That is the kind that I want no taping or packing!

    When you say your lower lip will be raised, do you have droopy lower lip? Because that is exactly what I have, average size lips but they droop so much that you will think they are large. How is he going to raise them? I really can't wait for you to have your procedure so that I can start having hope for mine too.

    I hope the scars are indeed invisible because what a PS told me was that they try as much as they can but b/c of swelling, the stiches show and I actually saw it on someone he did. The stiches were so obivious that it scared me to death. I thought they were supposed to be invisible as they are inside and yes it showed right on the lip. But when he healed, you couldn't really see it anymore. I will definitely take a hike to whoever can hide my stiches in a heartbeat. It is worth it.

    Thanks for your quick response!

     
    Old 11-29-2004, 06:18 PM   #8
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    Did you have veneers to get a perfect smile or just gum contouring? How much were the gum contouring and did they hurt? what exactly are they supposed to do (gum contouring) because I have never heard of them at all.

    [B]***No veneers for me because I went through enough for two and a half years trying to get my overbite corrected but other than that, my teeth were straight. I had gum contouring because I felt like I showed a little bit of gums when i smiled really big so I had it done. Now not only has gum contouring lengthened my teeth but my gum ridges are perfectly aligned. Amazingly, it didn't hurt. I was given a sedative in the form of a pill and took it before i got there and then i was out like a light through the procedure which he performed with a scapel (its suppose to be better than the laser kind). The procedure was done on my front and lateral teeth. It cost me $900. Gum contouring exposes more of the tooth if you have a somewhat gummy smile. It also can fix the ridges or arches where your teeth meets the gumline if it doesn't look right. Another term can be called crown lengthening.Well the doctor I saw said I will have a bandage, packing and taping for rhino and look like one of those people on tv who have rhino. So you are telling me that you did not bruise around the eyes and have puffy lower lids like what you see on tv after rhino or swollen face and cheeks. That is what I am afraid of the most. The packing, splint, swollen dark eyelids and staying indoors for a week. Now are you stitches visible? Did you ice your face? You are so lucky with your surgeon. That is the kind that I want no taping or packing!

    ******No, I did not have bruising or puffy eyelids. What you have to remember is that sometimes when there's a lot of bruising, its comes from the doctor having to remove s bump on the nose or work on a deviated septum plus some people want their bridge built up or just worked on. Just my tip was worked on and the nostrils were slightly narrowed. I asked my doctor the same thing and he explained it to me. I had a closed nose job and the stiches from my tip reduction was carefully hidden inside but the stiches from narrowing my nostrils were kinda visible which is why I was ready to get rid of them on my one week visit. I didn't ice my nose that much for it wasn't all that swollen but I did ice the dickens out of my chin for like I said earlier, it gave me the most trouble for it felt like someone was cooking on it. Yea, I originally thought my doctor was crazy for not taping my nose or even packing it, which I heard is very uncomfortable. If I didn't have the stiches from narrowing the nostrils then it would be nearly undetectable.

    When you say your lower lip will be raised, do you have droopy lower lip? Because that is exactly what I have, average size lips but they droop so much that you will think they are large. How is he going to raise them? I really can't wait for you to have your procedure so that I can start having hope for mine too.
    ******Ha, no its not droopy like a mentally challenged person but it slightly exposes my lower teeth when I talk and I find it to be very repugnant.My lips look like Tisha Campbell and you know she has a wide mouth. He will make incisions inside the bottom and if needed inside the top for minimal repair to complement the lower lip.

    I hope the scars are indeed invisible because what a PS told me was that they try as much as they can but b/c of swelling, the stiches show and I actually saw it on someone he did. The stiches were so obivious that it scared me to death. I thought they were supposed to be invisible as they are inside and yes it showed right on the lip. But when he healed, you couldn't really see it anymore. I will definitely take a hike to whoever can hide my stiches in a heartbeat. It is worth it.
    ******I suggest that you visit more than one doctor who is experienced in doing ethnic lips and not enlarging them. I like my lips because I fell as if I have grown into them since junior and high school but I just want them slightly corrected into a still full sexy mouth if you will. Dr. Griffin has done a bunch of them and I AM WILLING TO TAKE MY CHANCES AND GO WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS EXCELLENT CREDENTIALA AND IS OF A ETHNIC BACKGROUND WHICH MEANS HE KNOWS MY ETHNIC FACE AND WHAT WILL LOOK GOOD ON IT WITHOUT ME LOSING MY IDENITY IN FAVOR OF A EUROPEAN MOUTH WHICH ISN'T IN NOWADAYS. yOU CAN LOOK DR. GRIFFIN UP. lATER[/B]

     
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    Hey! That's exactly what my doctor said that I had a deviated septum on one side of my nose and he was going to try fix that and enlongate my tip because I have a very small nose that never grew longer. However when I researched about deviated septum, I was told to make sure that the nose is truly deviated otherwise the procedure may cause more harm than good. And to be honest with you I never thought I had a deviated septum until he brought it up therefore I would want to be careful before jumping the guns and fix something that is not broken. I haven't seen my doctor since then so I am going to go to an Otolaryngologists (ENT Specialist) to ask him to confirm my deviated septum first before accepting to correct it. If I don't have to fix the deviation, then all I need would be a tip projection like that of Halle Berry to give my short nose a more elongated nose. So I guess if that is all that is done, then I won't need taping and packaging. I will be so excited if that could happen. My nose is not wide and I don't think he will be narrowing the nostrils. But in any case if he decides to do it, you said your stitches were visible because the nostrils were closed together right? Were they stiches like needle and tread that was sown together? And can you still see the stitches now. When did they heal and were they conspicious to a public eye during the first days after they were done. Also what are you takes on deviated septum? Do you believe they are truly needed to correct sinus allergies? I think its just something they all say to get more money.

    Since you said you are not having you lips done till next year, then I will wait until you have them done and contact you about your experience. In the mean time I will definitely contact Dr. Griffin and see what he says. I am all for going with someone who has ethnic experience and knows it well even if I had to go far. Have you thought about the month or day you want to do it next year?

    Thanks for answering my extensive questions. You give me solace and the courage of knowing I am asking the right questions from these doctors.

     
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    But in any case if he decides to do it, you said your stitches were visible because the nostrils were closed together right? Were they stiches like needle and tread that was sown together? And can you still see the stitches now. When did they heal and were they conspicious to a public eye during the first days after they were done. Also what are you takes on deviated septum? Do you believe they are truly needed to correct sinus allergies?

    Well, he made a small incision inside each nostril in order to narrow them. Those stiches weren't dissovable so they were black in color. Like I state before, they were noticeable only when one would get close up. I got them out week or so after the procedure and basically that was it. My take on a deviated septum is that if you don't trust his diagnosis then you don't need him reconstructing your nose. Point Blank. So if it makes you feel better then get a second opinion. The majority of people who I've come in contact with needed to have their septum worked on which is why I kinda knew about it.

    Have you thought about the month or day you want to do it next year?

    I am thinking about getting it done in February or when I get my revision in May so I will make one trip due for all. Later!

     
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    Hey whipeffect, I know its been a while but going back to the narrowing of the nostrils, can you see your scars now? Have they faded to the point that even if someone got close to you they can't tell if it was a scar? Lastly when the stitches came out a week later, did the scars see more obvious to the close eyes or could you camoflauge it with dermablend to blend it with your skin complexion? I am having my nostrils narrowed and still hesistant b/c of the scars on the alar of the nostrils.

    Oh yea, did you think your nose was to narrow after the narrowing, and did your tip raise up more like in a pointed position? Did you have local or general anesthesia? One PS that I consulted with said I should not narrow it b/c my face is sort of round and that a too narrow nose would not fit my face. But I think it will give it a balance and make it less rounder and much thinner. what do you think?

    Tell me more about the narrowing. Especially for questions I may have omitted to ask. Thanks so much for answering my questions hero!

     
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    Hey whipeffect, I know its been a while but going back to the narrowing of the nostrils, can you see your scars now?
    you cannot see my scars
    Have they faded to the point that even if someone got close to you they can't tell if it was a scar? Lastly when the stitches came out a week later, did the scars see more obvious to the close eyes or could you camoflauge it with dermablend to blend it with your skin complexion?
    Once my stiches came out, it wasn't obvious at all. With a closed rhino, all the scarring if any should be within the interior of the nose.
    I am having my nostrils narrowed and still hesistant b/c of the scars on the alar of the nostrils. You should only have scars on the exterior of your rhino is open

    Oh yea, did you think your nose was to narrow after the narrowing, and did your tip raise up more like in a pointed position?My nose is a little narrow than before. It raised a bit. The doctor was trying to preserve my ethnic look which I preferred kinda. Did you have local or general anesthesia? general. I have no problems with nausea One PS that I consulted with said I should not narrow it b/c my face is sort of round and that a too narrow nose would not fit my face. But I think it will give it a balance and make it less rounder and much thinner. what do you think?I too have a round face but because of some of my other features, I think that a subtle nose narrowing will be best, not a dramamtic one. You have to go in being realistic with cosmetic surgery for it is not going to make you look like a different person but merely complement the beautiful person that you already are. I didn't have a big nose to begin with but I can see you wanting to get it narrowed but not too much dear.

    Tell me more about the narrowing. Especially for questions I may have omitted to ask. Thanks so much for answering my questions hero!
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    Thank you so much for answering my questions Whipeffect. I definitely agree that subtle narrowing is sufficient to maintain harmony and ethnicity. I am just really worried b.c the PS said I will have scars on the bridge of my nose and I can't stand to have people up close and personal in my face and see my scars. I am taking your word and going for it and hope that my scars are not that visible. The onl good news is the fact that I don't have to wear a splint for 7days, I only have to be indoors for a few until the stitches comes off.

    Now did you notice a decrease in the width immediately after the stitches came out or did it take a couple of months b/f u started seeing the narrowed nose? I have a really small nose (almost like an asian) and I want the narrowed nose to give me a thinner face even though my face is round.

    You are so lucky u're done! I can't wait to be there too!!!!!!!!!!!

     
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