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Lip Reduction

Lip Reduction
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While full lips have always been considered beautiful, some people might have overly large lips. If this causes self consciousness or effects one’s esteem, lip reduction surgery could be considered.

Lip reduction surgery is a minor cosmetic surgery procedure that thins the lip and pulls it inward to make it appear less full.

 

  • A lip reduction procedure takes around 15-30 minutes.
  • A local or general anesthesia between your lip and gums, deep down inside the chin to perform.  An incision along the length of your lip on inside of your mouth is made and strip of lip tissue or mucus membrane is removed from the lip before the incision is sutured.

A typical convalescence period for a lip reduction surgery is around 2weeks

  • Week 1 – you are likely to experience pain, swelling and bruising however this is a normal part of recovery.
  • Week 2 – after your surgery, sutures will be removed and you may return to work however strenuous activities such as lifting weights should be avoided.
  • For two weeks following your surgery ensure that you sleep with your head elevated and do not sleep with your face down.
  • Ensure that you avoid spicy foods and make sure that all fruits and vegetables are washed well before consumption.
  • It is advisable to rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.
  • Do not bend over or lift heavy objects for at least two weeks.

Patients usually decide on a lip reduction surgery when they have overly large lips.
They should be in good physical health and should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol 3 weeks before and after the surgery.

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Frequently Asked questions

How is a lip reduction performed?

After an anesthetic is administered an incision is made along the length of your lip on inside of your mouth. Then strip of lip tissue or mucus membrane is removed from the lip and the incision is sutured.

How long do I have to be in the hospital?

Patient may go home the same day of the surgery.

When can I get back to work after the surgery?

You can get back to work within 7 to 10 days after your surgery.

When will the result of the surgery be visible?

You will notice a marked difference within 2 weeks after surgery however final result is visible within 3 months.

Will I have scars due to the surgery?

Since the incision is inside the mouth, if there is a scar it will not be visible.

What are the expected risks?

As with any cosmetic surgery bleeding, infection and swelling are the likely risks.

How much does a lip reduction surgery lift cost?

You surgeon will be able to give you an estimate after examining your general health, your specific requirement and also the desired result. 

Are the results permanent?

Yes, lip reduction results are permanent.

What post-operative care should I take?

Sleep with your head elevated for at least 2 weeks after the surgery and do not sleep with your face down.  Avoid spicy foods and strenuous activity for 2 weeks.

What age is appropriate for lip reduction surgery?

This procedure can be performed on patients from mid to late teens onwards.