Lisa Rinna may be an actress, but her big lips are at least as popular as her soap star characters. Recently, Lisa revealed that she is tired of being known just for her lips and has already begun to take them down a notch with revision plastic surgery.
47-year old Lisa Rinna revealed to People magazine she underwent the surgery in August to reduce the over-plumped upper lip she had injected with silicone on a whim back in 1986 (See Make Me Heal’s story on Lisa Rinna’s plastic surgery).
Now that all she is noticed for is her lips, Lisa has undergone lip revision plastic surgery to help make her lips smaller.
On a tour to promote her new reality show with her husband Harry Hamlin, Harry Loves Lisa, she told Meredith Vieira of The Today show, “I did it because I no longer wanted my lip to define me. I had never thought that you could do anything about it, and I found out there is something you can do. I had no idea you could reduce it, so I was like, ‘Yes! Let’s do it.’ ”
Silicone lip injections are generally considered permanent, although a skilled plastic surgeon can cut out the material, even after a long time.
Dr. Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, Calif., says, “It is possible for silicone to be excised from the lip, and when performed properly by a highly skilled surgeon, the procedure may yield excellent results.”
On his blog, OcBody plastic surgeon Dr. John DiSaia writes, “ As Ms Rinna was doing her media rounds for her upcoming reality show, the subject of her famous lips of course came up. She apparently described her procedure as a lip reduction. It was probably more of a “removal” operation designed to cut out the silicone scar from her silicone injections of years prior. This stuff does not usually stay soft over time. “
“Lip surgery to remove old silicone injected there is the only real way to improve people who have had silicone lip injections. Silicone gel injected into the lips frequently leads to the formation of hard lumps and these lumps can hurt. Ms Rinna’s lips were becoming kinda funky. Surgical excision (in Ms Rinna’s case reduction) is not always feasible. Hers worked out well by report.”
“The better alternative when first considering lip augmentation is to choose a safer filler and use a moderate amount at most. Silicone injections are best avoided.”
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “For Lisa Rinna’s lip reduction, she would have had an incision made on the inside of her lip and then the silicone would have had to be excised or cut out. After it was all removed her lip would be sutured close and after just a few days of bruising and swelling she should be just about healed. She will have a smaller lip, but may still have an uneven texture. It is much harder to remove silicone than it is to inject it. That is why I recommend using semi-permanent fillers should the patient not like the result since most fillers only last from 6 month to a year.”
Lisa has said that it will take six months for her lips to fully heal and show results. Fans can catch Lisa’s silicone removal on the new reality show, once the episode airs.
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