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Revision Nose Surgery in Cincinnati

Revision, or secondary, nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is a technically challenging procedure, largely because the previous surgery usually alters the nasal anatomy in unpredictable ways that require creativity and skill to address and correct. There are many reasons why a patient would desire to undergo revision rhinoplasty. In most cases, however, the recovery from a secondary nose surgery is longer and less predictable than with the first surgery. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have difficulty...

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peri-oral rejuvenation in Cincinnati

The lips consist of complex anatomy that includes more than simply the red portion of the lips. Each anatomic area of the lip ages and may benefit from interventions targeted to those changes. The following information is adapted from a presentation I have given to other medical professionals. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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lower eyelid support for lower eyelid surgery in Cincinnati

Lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a complex procedure that involves not only the treatment of lower eyelid bags but also loose muscle and skin in the lower eyelids. It is essential to maintain as much support of the lower eyelids as possible when performing surgery. This involves careful consideration of the most appropriate location for the surgical incisions as well as specialized procedures to strengthen the support of the “hammock” that suspends the lower eyelid. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic...

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Revision Facelift Vs Deep Plane Facelift

There are many reasons individuals seek revision, or secondary, facelifts. Regardless of the reason, deep plane facelift surgery including the extended deep plane facelift is the superior approach. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Dr. Jeffrey Harmon

Patients can expect a detailed and honest conversation with Dr. Harmon during their consultation at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Jeffrey and Fara Harmon

Many people are bothered by their appearance when looking at selfie photos taken on their cellular phone cameras. Unlike professional cameras, the cameras built into cellular phones distort the actual appearance of the face in predictable ways. The above photo is a selfie taken of me and my wife Fara at Van Gogh Exhibition: The Immersive Experience. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Cigarette with Cigarette Smoke - Cigarette smoking affects healing

Smoking cessation for many weeks prior to and after surgery is essential to maximize healing and reduce the risks associated with poor wound healing. The components of cigarettes that affect healing include nicotine, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Belize Medical Mission Doctors and Physicians

I wrote the following article four years ago about my experience on a medical mission to the Corozal Community Hospital in Corozal, Belize in February of 2018 for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABO-HNS). I was awarded a grant from the ABO-HNS to help fund my trip. They asked that I write this article in exchange for the grant. This week-long mission was a formative experience for me. And while I have not yet returned to Belize, I hope to serve the wonderful people there soon.

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Books on a Bookshelf that contain medical "pearls" for plastic surgery in Cincinnati

There are a massive number of books helpful to master the topics required to succeed in medical school and residency. Each medical specialty has their own sources, which range in size from large multi-volume texts to small clinical reference guides that include brief summaries of what are considered the most important, or high-yield, information “pearls.” Facial plastic surgery clinical reference guides exist as a valuable, though insufficient, source for clinical information for training residents and fellows.

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Woman's Underarms that need Botox for excessive underarm sweat

FDA-approved in 2004, Botox© for underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) can be an effective treatment for those experiencing severe and persistent underarm sweating. Please seek a skilled and experienced injector in Cincinnati to help determine whether this is an appropriate treatment for you.

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Is a Lip Flip in Cincinnati really worth the time and money?

Botox© and other similar products can be placed in the upper lip to produce the effects of a non-surgical lip lift. The problem with this technique is that the effects tend to be minimal. There are also risks associated with asymmetry and temporary functional problems with the mouth. A surgical lip lift with or without filler (e.g., hyaluronic acid, fat) is usually a superior approach to...

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A woman who is considering jawline filler in Cincinnati

Hyaluronic acid filler is commonly placed in the jawline to mask age-related changes to the jawline, including drooping jowls and loosening skin and muscle. However, placing hyaluronic acid filler in this location is not a replacement for a facelift and can sometimes masculinize the face and/or accentuate the appearance of the jowls. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine the most appropriate treatment...

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Row Boat On Flowing River - How Flow Relates to Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati

The author James Clear describes a system in the book Atomic Habits to identify activities in which one could excel by asking the following questions:

  1. What feels like fun to me but work to others?
  2. What makes me lose track of time?
  3. Where do I get greater returns than the average person?
  4. What comes naturally to me?

Question 2 refers to the concept of 'flow,' which is a mental state achieved when you are so focused on a task that everything else fades away. James Clear argues that flow tends to be reached more often with activities that...

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Woman with a need for weak chin treatment in Cincinnati

A weak, or recessed, chin can be concerning to men and women, not only because this feature can make the face appear smaller than it is, but it can also make the nose appear larger and more projected than it is. There are surgical and non-surgical options to treat a weak chin. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether these procedures may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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Skin care after laser resurfacing in Cincinnati

Laser resurfacing of the face can address wrinkles and other irregularities of the tone and texture of the skin resulting in a softer, more youthful appearance to the face. Good skin care after treatment with a resurfacing laser is essential. The following post describes this process. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Younger and older female with signs of an aging face

The face ages in a somewhat predictable pattern, though at a different rate and to a different extent depending on multiple factors. Both genetics and lifestyle choices contribute to the aging process. A detailed understanding of the anatomy and how changes in anatomy lead to the sequelae of facial aging is required to make the most appropriate treatment recommendations. An individual’s aesthetic goals and specific concerns also need to be prioritized to provide optimal, natural results. The following is a concise description of what changes in the face and neck as we age. Seek a...

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Vials of blood used in pre-operative testing for Cincinnati facial plastic surgery

Pre-operative testing and medical clearance from a Primary Care Provider (PCP) are key to maximizing the safety of any surgical procedure in which oral or IV anesthesia medications are being used at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati. The testing and medical clearance are reviewed by Dr. Harmon and the physician anesthesiologist prior to the surgery date.

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Woman in a sun hat with a flawless skincare routine.

It is challenging to identify skin care products based on strong clinical evidence and a strong safety profile. The skin care products I currently use are not perfect. Therefore, my choices may not be well-tolerated or beneficial to others. Every individual’s skin is different. Consider an evaluation by a dermatologist to help determine the best tolerated, safest, and most effective products for your face.

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Cincinnati facial plastic surgery drainage devices

Small drains are an important component of the post-operative recovery after an extended deep plane facelift and neck lift at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati. While they are usually in place only for one day, the care of these drains is essential while they remain in place.

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Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery

Some individuals desire virtual consultations due to distance from the office of Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati. Other individuals desire virtual consultations prior to considering an in-person consultation.

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Cincinnati plastic surgery patient wearing a pink gown.

You will meet the entire surgical care team, complete paperwork, take photos, and change your clothes for the operating room the morning of surgery at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati.

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Woman's eyebrow after a Cincinnati brow lift procedure.

There are a range of approaches to lifting the eyebrows, the best of which depends on the specific anatomy of a patient as well as their aesthetic goals. While the list below is not comprehensive, it highlights two important approaches to the brow lift as well as the considerations that go into choosing which is the most appropriate approach. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether any of these procedures may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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A married couple after their wedding.

There are many wonderful options for facial rejuvenation prior to a wedding. And whether you are the bride, groom or, more commonly, the mother or father of the bride or groom, it is important to know what procedures are commonly sought and how long before such an event one should consider undergoing these procedures. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether any of these procedures may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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Woman looking into the distance after nose surgery in Cincinnati

Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) can address multiple concerns about the nasal bridge (dorsum) and nasal tip. It is important to have a detailed discussion with a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon about your concerns and aesthetic goals regarding your nose.

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Woman looking into camera after receiving facial fat augmentation in Cincinnati

Some individuals lose volume (i.e., fat) in their face as they age. Other individuals are born with poor volume and/or poor projection of their facial bones. Both individuals may benefit from fat augmentation. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether fat augmentation may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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Man looking into camera, pondering whether or not facial plastic surgery in Cincinnati is right for him.

Men frequently seek a wide range of surgical and non-surgical facial plastic surgery procedures. This list is not all-inclusive but does highlight commonly requested procedures. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether any of these procedures may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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Smiling man looking into camera after receiving hair loss treatment in Cincinnati

Hair loss treatments can address specific concerns about the appearance of the hair on your scalp due to a condition called androgenic alopecia. There are three general categories of hair loss treatments for androgenic alopecia, each of which may or may not benefit you. It is important to first undergo an evaluation by a dermatologist to determine whether there are alternative causes to your hair loss, such as thyroid problems, vitamin deficiencies, infections, auto-immune conditions, or psychiatric illnesses....

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Man with scar over his eyebrow. He'll likely need scar revision surgery in Cincinnati.

Scar treatment can address specific concerns about the appearance of a scar on your face and/or neck. There are four general categories of treatments for scars, each of which may or may not benefit you. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether - and which - scar treatment is appropriate for your concerns.

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Middle aged woman walking through a park holding a water bottle while thinking about the qualities of Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler Products

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can address specific concerns about flatness or poor volume in your face, including your temples, cheeks, tear troughs, lips, chin, and/or jawline. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether dermal fillers are appropriate for your concerns.

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A woman's ear, possibly in need of What is Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) Surgery in Cincinnati

Ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery can address specific concerns about excessive projection of the ears in children and adults. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery is appropriate for your concerns.

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Cosmetic Laser Procedure in Cincinnati

Laser treatments can address specific concerns about the skin on the face and neck. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether a laser treatment is appropriate for your concerns.

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A person who may need Tear Trough Filler in Cincinnati

Hyaluronic acid filler in the tear troughs can address specific concerns about the interface between the lower eyelid and cheek. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether placement of hyaluronic acid filler in the tear troughs is an appropriate treatment for your concerns.

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This blog post is adapted from multiple sources (references below) and summarizes some things I have learned over the years about aging well that I have tried to incorporate into my life.

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Fat grafting and a cheek lift procedure each address specific concerns about the cheek and the cheek-eyelid interface. Seek a fellowship-trained specialist in facial plastic surgery to help determine the most appropriate approach for you.

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Neck liposuction and a neck lift procedure each address specific concerns about the neck and the area under the jaw. Seek a fellowship-trained specialist in facial plastic surgery to help determine the most appropriate approach for you.

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Lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) that preserves fat is superior to procedures that strictly remove and sometimes move fat from other areas of the body.

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The following information is adopted from a lecture I give to head and neck surgery residents at the University of Cincinnati on the aging face and how it can be treated.

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I noticed the following excerpt from the personal essay I wrote for my facial plastic surgery fellowship application when looking through old email folders:

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Scarless Rhinoplasty

The term “scarless” rhinoplasty is widely marketed. In reality, all incisions heal in a manner different than untouched skin. Incisions can be well-hidden and so subtle that almost no other individual would notice their presence. They can also be poorly hidden and/or abundantly obvious due to abnormal features.

The nose surgery (rhinoplasty) technique marketed as “scarless” is also referred to as a closed, or endonasal rhinoplasty. The technique was developed over one hundred years ago and is associated with some...

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Plastic Surgery and Glamour

I never bought into the supposed glamour of plastic surgery despite the abundance of advertising to that effect. Rather, I feel glamour is more often intended to be associated with plastic surgeons themselves in advertising.

Virginia Postrel, a cultural writer, argues in her wonderful book The Power of Glamour that glamour “offers the implicit promise of a life devoid of mediocrity” and is “an illusion known to be false but felt to be true.” Facial plastic surgery is, by definition, not an illusion. It does not provide escape but can...

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Face Care by a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

It is a common misconception that all plastic surgeons have the same background and surgical training. The number and complexity of plastic surgery procedures had increased and the required depth of knowledge and skills to master a specific anatomic area has increased.

The route a facial plastic surgeon takes begins with a five (5) year residency in head and neck surgery. That training includes an extensive volume of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery focused solely on the face, neck, nose, eyes, and hair. Head and neck surgery training also includes head and neck cancer...

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Narrow Nasal Tip

Cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is one of the most common procedures I perform. Patients who have never undergone nose surgery often request a “smaller” nasal tip. A more refined tip can be delivered with specialized techniques that also preserve the strength and structure of the tip of the nose in most instances.

However, sometimes what individuals perceive as a large or “bulbous” nasal tip is something else entirely. Instead, it is a problem that requires a more complex technique to deliver on their...

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 Post-Operative Recovery Incision Care

The post-operative recovery period is an important time where meticulous care can maximize healing and minimize down time. It is for that reason that Dr. Harmon has developed a comprehensive plan for the post-operative recovery period:

  1. First, Dr. Harmon discusses the importance of eating a well-balanced, nutritional diet, and getting adequate sleep before and after surgery with each of his patients.
  2. Care of each incision is of paramount importance during the first...
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One of the most common questions I receive when discussing an individual’s desire for hyaluronic acid filler is whether the procedure is painful. That is a very reasonable question. After all, I am using needles and micro-cannulas to place this product in specific areas of the face. These areas can be sensitive.

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Commonly referred to as a “non-surgical rhinoplasty” or a “liquid rhinoplasty,” hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane© products are often placed in the nose to achieve an aesthetic goal. However, this procedure is not appropriate for everyone and has specific limitations that people should be aware of.

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This information is adapted from a presentation given to physician groups and a series of videos available online.

Source: Martin, Paula J. Suzanne Noel: Cosmetic Surgery, Feminism and Beauty in Early Twentieth-Century France. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2014. Print.

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Smiling Middle Aged Woman

This blog post is adapted from a presentation we have given for interested groups who wanted more information about the use of Botox© in Cincinnati. We at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery recognize the intelligence and sophistication of our clients. They want to understand the treatments they receive at a deeper level.

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People eating at a table full of healthy food - Optimizing Nutrition Before and After Surgery

Nutrition goes a long way when preparing for and recovering from surgery! Proper nutrition can be the key to a successful surgery. What you learn here should empower you while relieving some of the stress you may feel going into and coming out of your upcoming surgical procedure.

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Middle aged woman wearing a sun hat

A common question asked during consultation for facelift surgery is what the post-operative dressings will look and feel like. Many express a concern about being required to wear large, heavy compression dressings for days after surgery. They ask if this will be required after the extended deep plane facelift.

The short answer is no, for the following reasons:

  1. Compression...

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You are likely aware of silicone-based scar gels by seeing ScarAway© or another over-the-counter brand in your local pharmacy. Surgeons in all specialties as well as dermatologists recommend these scar gels after procedures to promote healing and reduce the risk of scarring. But how well do they work? I reviewed the literature in order to determine whether silicone gels, placed post-operatively after surgical incisions have healed, can help reduce the appearance of incisions. Not surprisingly, quality studies are difficult to find.

There are two ways of describing an...

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It is common practice to recommend vitamins and other supplements peri-operatively with the intention to help with recovery and healing. Arnica montana, a Swiss mountain shrub otherwise referred to as arnica, is widely used to reduce bruising and swelling after surgery. l evaluated the medical literature to determine the effectiveness of arnica, focusing on high-quality studies (see previous blog post “How [Thoughtful] Surgeons Think) that specifically evaluated its effectiveness for...

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Dr. Harmon With A Patient

It can be difficult to adhere to strict scientific principles when recommending medical treatments to patients as a Cincinnati facial plastic surgeon simply because there is often so little quality data to support some recommendations. It is the nature of surgery more broadly, and plastic surgery specifically, probably because it is so difficult to develop and execute a high-quality study while ethically treating every individual with the most up-to-date standards of care.

It is for this reason I thought it important to...

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Bakuchiol in improving facial skin aging

Today, the English-language literature on the use of the natural ingredient bakuchiol topically as an alternative to retinols in improving facial skin aging will be reviewed.

Retinols are compounds that are converted into retinoic acid, which has been shown to increase collagen turnover and production and has been used to treat wrinkling and other signs of photoaging. Bakuchiol is a chemical derived from the babchi plant seed (Psoralea corylifolia), an herb long used in traditional Chinese and Indian ayurvedic medicine to treat multiple skin conditions. It is now being widely...

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Peri-Oral Rhytids

One of the most common concerns people express about their face as they age is the presence of smoker’s lines, or peri-oral rhytids, around the mouth. These stubborn, deep lines are difficult to treat.

Dr. Harmon utilizes a dual-pronged approach to treating peri-oral rhytids. The first prong involves the use of a refined form of an individual’s own fat, called nano-fat. Nano-fat is placed under the skin at the location of the deepest lines around the mouth in order to lift the lines. The second prong is a fractional CO2 laser, which is used after injecting nano-fat. This...

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People generally know their body better than anyone else, including their physician. However, people do not always have the medical language to explain what they see when they look in a mirror. For example, you may have heard and understand the term “jowling” but do not quite feel like that fully explains what you see.

As explained in a previous blog post (4 Benefits of the Extended Deep Plane Facelift), the...

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Brow Lift

More advanced surgical techniques for addressing a drooping brow have been developed as our understanding of facial anatomy has advanced. This is in line with an evolving preference for more natural, subtle results for a brow lift. People with concerns about drooping eyebrows often benefit from a lateral temporal brow lift.

Women tend to have a more “peaked” eyebrow than men. However, as aesthetic preferences have changed this peak has become less dramatic, reflecting a more sophisticated desire for a natural look to their eyebrows. That is where the lateral temporal brow lift comes...

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Lip Lift vs Lip Filler

Have you wondered whether placement of hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane© in the lips can impart a more voluminous and youthful appearance to your lips? Have you wondered how this compares with a surgical lip lift? The lip lift is a procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation to address specific aesthetic concerns of the lip that lip filler cannot.

The red portion of the upper lip loses height and volume as we age. Some individuals are born with thin, deflated lips. Lip filler can...

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