48 Year Old, Lip Lift with Juvederm
I have my appointment with Dr. Avron Lipschitz set...
Second consult with Dr. Lipschitz - surgery scheduled for 6/20/17
1. I asked about use of steroids after the LL for reduced swelling. Doc stated "no way" as steroids can hinder wound healing. He recommended to start taking Arnica and to stop my vitamins, supplements (Fish Oil), and use of Ibuprofen for the next 2 weeks.
2. I asked about painkillers. He stated Extra Strength Tylenol would be enough. I refused the pre-op Valium. I am in recovery, and I am concerned about the use or narcotics for any reason. I try to limit my exposure to them unless it is truly necessary. Doc assured me that it's not a high pain recovery. I had a breast augmentation 2 years ago, and I only used Ibuprofen 800 mg afterward. Doc stated the healing from the LL is easy and life gets back to normal quickly after this surgery. I am going back to work on the 6th day after the surgery.
3. I asked about the length of skin to be excised from my philtrum in my bull horn LL. Doc states being conservative is the best bet, and the bigger the excision, the bigger the scar and potential of pulling on the nose. He states he is shooting for 6mm. My measurement is 1.9 cm now. I trust him.
4. I asked to see some of his own work with LL patients, and he showed me quite a few of his patients. I was so thoroughly impressed and felt so deeply assured that he is good at this surgery. He explained to me at length the bull horn method, and how to adjust for all the different measurements depending on the patient's desired look and quality of skin. He explained the difference between the bull horn and a corner lift. He showed me diagrams. I just felt so happy that he cared enough to reassure me. I had been to another local plastic surgeon a few weeks ago, and I got the feeling he couldn't have cared less to do a LL on my face. The first PS actually said to me when I asked if I was a good LL candidate, "You can get one if you really want to."
5. I asked when stitches would be removed, and he stated 6 days.
6. He will be injecting one syringe of Juvederm in my lips. I think this is a fact of life maintenance issue that will have for the rest of my life. He recommended two syringes of Radiesse in my cheek bone area, and I was so tempted...but I just can't afford that right now. I also want to focus on one thing at a time. I think I would like to enhance my mid face next year, though.
I feel very pleased with the doctor I chose. My surgery is 15 days away, and I am excited. It is also awesome that he is a 3 minute drive from my house!!
Just had lip lift procedure today! Very happy so far.
My philtrum measured 2 centimeters, and my doc removed 5 mm, and I am very glad he is a conservative physician. I can always go back and have more removed later on. He warned me that this procedure will not stop time nor gravity. I love a practical and honest appraisal from people. My dentist is the same way, always gives the down side before the upside of any procedure. I respect guidance with managing my expectations.
I also had a syringe of Juvederm put in both lips at the same time since I have lost so much volume. So, now I have a prettier upper lip shape and some volume as well. So far, I am very pleased with the results. It's been about an an hour since I got home, and the lidocaine is starting to wear off. My nose and upper lip just feels warm right now. Not very painful. I had some pineapple and banana as soon as I got home. I took extra strength Tylenol right before the procedure, and just now another 2 capsules. I'm want to avoid taking the Percocets they gave me. Only as a last resort. I'm taking my Arnica tablets and icing every 20 mins. So far so good.
5 1/2 hours after surgery
Now, it is about 5.5 hours since I got home, and the pain has subsided a great deal to a 1 out of 10, maximum. I hope this lasts! My husband just made me dinner, which was soft, warm, and delicious. (Sadly, nothing takes my appetite away). I work out 6 days a week, and not being active is the hardest part of this recovery. Dr. Lipschitz called me from his personal cellphone about an hour ago to check to see how I was doing. That was a lovely, personal, and caring touch. I am still feeling very happy about this doctor and this procedure, and my lips are looking pretty awesome! I have to wear my bandage for 2-3 days, so there's not much to see yet. I will post more pics soon.
The evening and morning after surgery
Two days after surgery. Things are going well.
Initial bandage removed! So very happy with result.
Stitches out today!
The most depressing part of this entire process is the hiatus/reduction of my exercise regimen. I don't want to risk damaging the beautiful work on my lip, so I am being very careful and following the doctor's orders. I am taking many long and fast walks, and I will start back at the gym using only light weights in a few days. I am not permitted to lift heavy for 5 or engage in vigorous cardio for 5 weeks according to Doc. I was in process of training for a bodybuilding show this autumn, and I hate the break in momentum. But, my lovely lips are worth it. Have to keep reminding myself of that.
Dr. Avron Lipschitz has been professional, courteous, patient, friendly, relaxed, conservative, skillful, talented, and thorough. I especially like his realistic approach and the managing of one's expectations. His staff is lovely, in particular: Cheryl, Anne Marie, Monique, and Belinda, were all very kind to me throughout the entire process. The doctor called me on his personal cell phone later in the day after my surgery to check up on me. The doctor showed me examples of his previous lip lifts, which is what sold me on choosing him the most. His work was impeccable. He's young and cheerful, and his biography speaks for itself. He has trained with the best of the best, and I trust him. He took time to talk with me, and he informed me of the pros and the cons of everything. I'll definitely be going back to him as time and gravity march on.