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Lip Plumping: Naturally Refreshed or Dramatic Pouty

March 24th, 2023

Lip Plumping: Natural Refresh of Dramatic Pout

I find that a significant part of doing cosmetic plastic surgery is sculpture. Whether I am removing (liposuction), adding (breast enlargement) or rearranging (facelift), the quality of the result and achieving a natural appearance is the direct result of aesthetic sculpture. Lip enlargement or lip plumping using injectable material is no different. Let’s first start out with a mental image of what normal lips look like. Lips have a subtle curve, and this complex curve is created by the mirror image of the upper lip meeting the lower lip. It’s classically known as the Cupid’s Bow, where the shape is most apparent along the upper lip where the red lip meets the flesh-colored skin, known as the vermillion border. Over-inflation may disrupt this subtle curve when the exaggerated result is sometimes called the Trout Pout.

I have noticed that the desired look today has 2 distinct versions of lip plumping. There is a natural and a more dramatic look. The procedure is similar, by injecting and sculpting lips to achieve a natural look to restore aged lip wrinkles and fullness creating a more youthful appearance, or to create a more dramatic look for ultra-full and pouty stylized lips. We have patients considering both options and I recommend that looking at before and after photos is often very useful to help communicate your desired result.

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Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon

March 6th, 2023

Dr. Ralph Bashioum arriving at KARE11-TV for interview

When asking patients why they chose me to do their surgery, I’m often surprised at the variety of answers. While it seems qualifications are important, length of experience and referrals from family or friends seem to top the list. With the rapid rise of social media, no doubt this may play a role as well. My patient shares her thoughts in excerpts from a previous blog.
Jessie writes, “To prepare myself for the rhinoplasty surgery, or nose job, I researched various websites, such as, and Dr. Bashioum’s own website, I was most happy to find that Dr. Bashioum told me that we were working with my own nose, hence making the surgery look more natural (to harmonize with my facial structure).
I choose Dr. Bashioum for many reasons. Above all, I wanted a qualified surgeon; someone skilled and experienced, because I know this will make all the difference in the result of my surgical procedure. A friend recommended him, because she was very happy with the quality of the surgical staff and her own results. She in turn was also originally recommended to Dr. Bashioum by a co-worker, who also had surgery. When choosing a doctor, I was not necessarily concerned with specific certifications, but personal references. Personal referrals led me to choose Dr. Bashioum for my surgery. During my consultation, I also enjoyed meeting members of the staff and feel confident that they are aware of my individual needs and truly do care about me.

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