Learn A Lesson From Lisa

Late last year, Lisa Rinna realized and confessed that her fondness for fillers had left her looking unnaturally enhanced. She told In Touch magazine that she switched from Botox to Juvederm, and went a little too far with the hyaluronic-acid injectable. But, as we learned recently, that wasn't the whole story behind her admittedly overdone appearance.

Rinna has now revealed that, 23 years ago, "I had silicone put in my top lip." While promoting her new book, she went on to tell Today show viewers that the silicone hardened and created and unappealing, telltale scar-tissue look. At that point, she received a "gross" cortisone injection.

Her ordeal and outcome is a prime example of what board-certified plastic surgeons have been saying for years: patients must realize that some injectable fillers are riskier than others, and inappropriate use for lip augmentation can lead to unsatisfactory results.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the key is using the appropriate filler in the correct area. Semi-permanent fillers used in the inner lip area can cause long-lasting lumps. Silicone, which is permanent and not FDA-approved, can cause late-developing infections and granulomas which may need to be surgically removed.

Before pursuing a sexier pout, be sure to educate yourself about safe options and choose a qualified doctor for your procedure.

4 Comments
  • singrsling
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    to be honest, Lisa's lips looked so full when she was on Melrose Place (first time I saw her), that I thought they were natural...very full, but natural. So I was shocked to find that this was done 23 years ago. Sometimes you shouldn't mess with what nature gave you, sisters!

  • Kristy
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    While oversized lips come and go with fashion, I think the average user of fillers in the lips are women with thin lips, unbalanced sized lips, or to fill in wrinkles that are starting to form. A plastic surgeon convinced me to try just a smidgen in my upper lip last year (along the lip line) and while I loved the effect (accentuated the cupids bow and stretched out the slight lines that are beginning to show in my lips) not one person notice that my lips were different. They didn't even really appear fuller, just got rid of those darn lines from my younger years of smoking. Yes I know there are women that use them to have huge lips, but it's probably not the norm.

  • Robin
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    Her top lip was overenhanced? DUH! No s**t! Even my husband thought she didn't look quite right. I couldn't put my finger on what it was, until recently when I was reminiscing back to beauty articles I'd seen back in the 70's. Polly Bergen wrote one for some magazine, can't remember which one, but some of the things she suggested, good and bad, stuck with me. One of the bad things she suggested was to gradually, with a lip brush and a careful hand, day by day, fill in the Cupid's bow with lipstick until it was completely gone. "This will give your mouth an appealing fullness," she wrote. Um, no, my sixteen-year-old self thought, it'll make you look stuck-up and snotty. Plus, as we can see from Mrs. Hamlin, it's not natural. So that's what I prescribe: bring back your Cupid's bow. By the way, hubby also thought Jessica Hahn was freakish-looking, and she has that same missing Cupid's bow. So much for "appealing fullness"--men don't know what it is, but they know they don't like it.

  • Posted on

    When did these oversized lips become fashionable? I always wondered if Lisa Rinna (who is a gorgeous woman) had augmented her lips all these years, before the advent of fillers. Folks, don't play with silicone...it will backfire on you, and your body will form fibrous bands around the "foreign" body that has been injected inside, and the effect will be disastrous!