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Getting Rid of those Real Housewives Duck Lips!

We so often see photographs of celebrities that have duck lips. If you don’t know what I am referring to, just tune into an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and take a look at most of the women.

duck lips

Real Housewives duck lips

You know the story–the lips protrude out like duck bills because too much filler is put into the lips. While Taylor wins the prize, Kyle is catching up to her. It does look terrible. So, what exactly is the problem and how can YOU avoid getting duck lips? One solution to this problem is a procedure called the lip lift. This procedure raises the upper lip to it’s natural youthful state.


Most people get fillers put into their lips because they want the lips to be more youthful and sexy looking. Generally, everybody thinks that ‘bigger lips = more youthful’. But in reality, that is not the case. Let’s think about this– Let’s assume you are 35 years old and you are thinking about what your lips looked like when you were 25 years old. So, did your lips shrink? What happened? What is really different?


While your lips have become thinner with age, something else has happened. Gravity has happened. Yes, the position of the upper lip has been affected by gravity. The result is that when your mouth is at a resting position, you can no longer see your front teeth because the top lip is now lower. This has the affect of making your overall facial appearance look harder and older.

So what is the answer? The lip lift ! The lip lift is a procedure which will remove a very tiny amount of skin right at the base of the nose. It elevates the top lip, exposes a tiny bit more of the red pigment portion, and brings your lips back to that ‘oh so sexy and youthful’ look.


Dr. Rodriguez has been peforming the lip lift procedure for many years. Patients fly in from all over the world to get this done. It’s a very simple procedure which is done in the office under local anesthesia. He has been writing about the lip lift right here in this blog for many years. Below are some articles which describe the lip lift procedure in more detail. If you have any questions, please post them here and Dr. Rodriguez will personally answer them.

If you are plagued by the Real Housewives Duck Lip Syndrome, give us a call because Dr. Rodriguez can help you. Stop getting fillers and get a lip lift.

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  • wrote
    March 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks so much for the response! I’ll be getting in touch with Kelly in a couple months to schedule a consultation.

  • wrote
    February 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Fat injections can be tried in the lip, but they are less reliable than in other areas, because of lip motion. As long as you are willing to accept that you may need another touch up you will be fine. Fat grafts are often used to restore volume around the base of the nose and I do that very frequently.
    From what you are describing about the upper lip having got longer and the vermillion deflating, it looks like you would indeed benefit from a lip lift.

  • wrote
    February 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Dr. Rodriquez, my lips are shaped in such a way that I’m not a good candidate for a lip lift but my upper lip area (from base of nose down to lip surface) seems to have gotten a bit longer over the past few years and the surface area (inside the vermillion border) of my lips seem to be deflating. My upper lip line has lost quite a bit of definition and I’m starting to develop some vertical “smokers” wrinkles although I’ve never smoked.

    Can fat grafting help to clean up and “solidify” my upper lip line, and maybe restore some volume around the base of my nose without the appearance of duck lips?

  • wrote
    November 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    hi Maria, Please call our office at 410-494-8100 and ask for Kelly. Have a great day.

  • wrote
    November 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

    i need appointment with dr. rodriguez for lip reduce please