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Secrets That the Mouth Reveals
By: Jenny Hogan
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the April 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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The esthetician working in conjunction with a medical setting also provides a valuable service to patients through post-operative care by helping to treat the inflammation and redness that result from surgeries, laser services and chemical peels. The area around the mouth tends to be especially prone to redness after treatments. Teach your patients how to care for their skin while it is healing, including utilizing proper massage techniques to help circulate blood and shorten healing time. Patients also often must learn how to apply camouflage makeup to make the recovery process less stressful, because bruising is common. Instruct them on how to cover the bruises with a mineral makeup that is nonirritating and promotes healing. As the bruises change color over time, the makeup routine needs to be adjusted to accommodate the transformation, keeping the camouflage light in order to divert attention.
As a part of patients’ complete transformations, the esthetician’s work is an important element in providing complete skin care services and ensuring that their experiences are a total success. Pre- and post-operative care, ongoing skin care maintenance and the development of personal relationships with patients make it a rewarding situation for all involved.
The mouth speaks volumes
New cosmetic surgery techniques recently have been developed to address the fact that the mouth frequently remains visibly old in appearance, even after a face lift has been performed, making it obvious that an operation has occurred. By combining different mouth protocols with a face lift, it is possible to create a more natural and complete outcome, resulting in the patient looking younger than with the lift alone. “In almost all cases, we perform several mouth procedures in combination at the same time as the facial rejuvenation,” says Austin-Weston Center co-founder George Weston, MD. “It is common for patients to look 10–15 years younger, in contrast to the usual 7–10 years from face lift and eyelid surgery alone.”
Lip lift. One specific surgical procedure performed is a lip lift. As the mouth ages, the upper lip sags, the corners droop and the vermilion—the red part of the lips—thins. With parted lips, a young mouth shows the upper teeth; an old mouth reveals the lower teeth. A lip-lift shortens a long upper lip, averting it slightly and exposing the upper teeth.
Direct incision. Another procedure is a direct incision. Extra tissue often forms with age and sags at the corners of the mouth. Sometimes the best option is to cut it off directly and, with precision, close the incision.