Lip Lift Life-Changer. Houston, TX

My first three photos say it all. I only had to...

My first three photos say it all. I only had to take a couple aspirin yesterday when I got home. Right now I'm on day 2 and experiencing very mild swelling and no bruising, and I'm keeping the stitches moist like they told me. Most of the stitches are invisible, dissolvable, and the ones you see will come out on day 7. The procedure was actually enjoyable. I was on a nice padded fully reclined procedure table and the nurses suitably pampered me with pillows, blankets, footies, gently covered my eyes and mouth with soft cloths, then asked what music I wanted to listen to. Then in walked Dr. Cho who I had just seen in the photo room for measurements, markings and a nice little pep talk. The local anesthetic was administered with extreme gentleness while one of the nurses talked to me and patted my legs. Within seconds I was numb and Dr. Cho began his work. All of us were talking, cracking jokes and soon it was over. When they said to open my eyes and take a look in the mirror, I had been having such a great time I wasn't ready to open my eyes. But when I did I was thrilled at what I saw and decided this needed to be shared on Real Self where I learned about the lip lift from others. Eventually, you'll get to see how well the scar healed. I'm just as anxious as anyone else reading this to find out. So stay tuned.

Day 3 and incision care at home...

Ever since I got home from surgery I've been gently swabbing the incision with sterile technique. I would dip a clean q-tip in distilled bottled water to remove any traces of blood, then reapply the Vaseline protective barrier. Before taking the day 3 photo, I dipped the q-tips in chlorhexedine (Perio-RX) which is a great decolonizer of skin bacteria. I wanted to make sure a pimple wouldn't pop up and disrupt my perfect incision and closure. I think swelling has already peaked and now it's a 4 day wait for removal of stitches. From what I can see now the scar is going to be near invisible. Yay!. I had a feeling Dr. Cho's incision would be the very best because his filler injections are extremely precise and he trains other doctors in his techniques. By the way, his surgery drawing was the "gull wing" because that was the shape of my anatomy at the base of my nose. It's not so apparent right now because of swelling. So my goal was to reduce an "undesirable" 1" philtrum to 3/4", then decide on a revision to achieve an even better proportion. Part of me wanted to look like the original me with only a small change but time will tell if I want to aim for more reduction. Stay tuned.

Correction: the subnasal drawing was a "bullhorn"

I only learned about lip lifts a few weeks ago and thought Dr. Cho's drawing under my nose looked like a sea gull ... then I found this chart diagram. So he did a bullhorn on me, not a gull wing. A gull wing incision would be much scarier for sure. A side note on my feelings in general about philtrum length. Of course "ideal" length and proportion is only a construct of "Western" or Occidental standards of beauty. I just learned all this a few weeks ago and had been pretty well adjusted to my proportions my whole life, sometimes wondering why some people's upper lip was so short. With that said, I may end up perfectly happy with the 3/4" length and this incision will be a "keeper."

Day 7 stitches removed...

It's a wrap! Very pleased. I'll keep pampering the scar with Vaseline protective barrier/moisturizer 2 more days then start scar ointments with sunscreen underneath for the next six weeks, at least, and try to stay out of the run. I doubt I'll need to conceal with makeup after that...hoping. So the 50/50 proportion from the middle of the lips to the base of the nose and bottom of the chin changed to a more desirable ratio which you can see for yourself in the 2nd photo. Yay! Best decision I've made in a long time...
Houston Plastic Surgeon

I had been going to Dr. Cho for fillers and when I finally learned about the lip lift procedure to reduce my philtrum length he was the obvious choice for a consultation. I decided to share the photos from beginning to end to help others who might be hesitant about a surgery that will sit right smack in the middle of their face. So far, I could not be more pleased with Dr. Cho's work and this could end up the best decision of my life.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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