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Face Plumping: Don’t Do This at Home

September 12th, 2011

A woman in Illinois died last week after injecting herself with melted beef fat, according to Chicago radio station WLS-AM.  Fat graft injections have been a popular media subject lately and I have done several postings on this blog about the procedure.  Common sense dictates that these procedures are done in a clinical setting, performed by qualified medical personnel.  It defies reason to understand why a woman might take it upon herself to melt some beef fat on her stove and think it was safe to inject it into her face!  Apparently this was not the first time she took upon herself to conduct her own kitchen cosmetic surgery.  The Cook County Medical Examiners office has not released the autopsy finding yet.  However, it certainly goes without saying, “Don’t try this at home!”

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Goodbye to Lip Wrinkles

August 23rd, 2011

I find that a significant part of doing cosmetic 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 using injectable material is no different.  I first start out with  mental image of what normal lips look like.   The lips are then sculpted with the injections to look like normal lips.   Just last week, I did three lip injection procedures to rejuvenate lip wrinkles.  My patients all wanted a more youthful appearance.   They now have nice improvements in their appearance, without the over-inflated   “trout pout” appearance that seems to be so popular in Hollywood.

Lips have a subtle curve know as a “Cupid’s Bow.”  This complex curve is created by the mirror image of the upper lip meeting the lower lip.   The Cupid’s Bow shape is most apparent along the upper lip where the red lip meets the flesh-colored skin, also known as the vermillion border.   Over-inflation destroys this subtle curve.   By paying careful attention to anatomy,  a more natural appearance may be achieved.

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