Lips are a vital feature that sets off the rest of the face; when overly big, they can take away from an otherwise elegant appearance. However, symmetry and size is important to consider. Too big or too small, they can affect your appearance. Hence the need for lip reduction surgery.
What is lip reduction surgery?
A lip reduction is a state-of-the-art outpatient procedure, designed to bring the lips into proportion with the other facial features, accentuating the face instead of distracting attention.
Who needs lip reduction?
Lips consist of inner wet vermilion (which is pink) and the outer dry vermilion (which is pigmented). Normally the inner wet side isn’t visible. But in some individuals, the lip may put too much and the inner surface becomes visible. In these individuals, a simple procedure can correct this excess showing of the lip and improve the appearance.
- The procedure takes 30 minutes and is done under local anesthesia.
- The marking is done in discussion with the patient
- A small incision will then be made across the inner lip.
- From here, excess tissue and fat will be excised. Finally, the lip will be sutured for appropriate healing.
- The suture line comes at the junction of the wet and dry margin. So once it heals, it is near invisible
A lip reduction may be performed alone, or it may be paired with another cosmetic procedure to produce optimum results.
What does the recovery after a lip reduction involve?
- Patients should expect the recovery from a lip reduction to take about two weeks.
- Initially, there may be mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising; these diminish over the first several weeks following surgery.
- Temporary numbness or tingling of the lips is common. Patients should keep their head elevated for the first few days, and refrain from any vigorous activities.
- A soft diet is often required for several days, while the lips begin to heal. Normally, patients feel well enough to return to work or school in two to three days.