Lip Reduction

There are many men and women who prefer undergoing cosmetic procedure to look attractive and young. One such cosmetic procedure is lip reduction surgery. Many people prefer undergoing lip augmentation surgery to increase the size of lower or/and upper lips. It is often that people who have large lips feel self-conscious about their appearance. However, there is a solution to get rid of large lips – lip reduction surgery. Many people do not know that this procedure can help in bringing down the size of the lips so that they are in proportion with remaining facial features.

Who is the right candidate for lip reduction procedure?

Candidates for lip reduction surgery include people who have naturally large lips. It can also be done on those who are not happy with the size of their current lips along with patients who are unhappy with the outcome of a permanent lip augmentation surgery done previously. In addition, those who want to undergo this surgery should be in general good health, have positive attitude, quite smoke at least six to seven weeks before the procedure and have a realistic approach towards the procedure.

Other candidates who can undergo lip reduction:

  • • Burn or accident cases that healed with excess tissues such as bumps and lumps that have to be corrected
  • • Some genetic or races who are born with overly-ethnic or thin lips
  • • Those who have had botched lip augmentation with unexpected results from excessive presence of silicone
  • • Those who are born with congenital defects like cleft lips

Overly large lips can affect daily activities such as maintaining good dental hygiene, eating and talking, to name a few. It has been often seen that adults and children who have protruding lips are the object of ridicule and teasing that can lead to poor self-confidence issues. With lip reduction procedure, it is possible to get rid of overly large upper and/ or lower lips.

Lip reduction surgery

In most cases, the lip reduction procedure is performed under local anaesthesia on an outpatient basis. Procedure might be done under general anaesthesia in case you are undergoing multiple surgeries or lip reduction is performed in conjunction with other procedures. In some cases, patients feel more comfortable under general anaesthesia, thus they prefer general anaesthesia.

During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon makes a horizontal incision on the inner side of the lip. Then the excess tissue and fat is removed from lip before closing it with stitches. This procedure can be done on the lower and upper lip to enhance the overall appearance and balance facial features.

Lip reduction is a quick procedure, and normally lasts for an hour or two depending on the type of the procedure is being performed. Also, the duration on the extent to which the lips have to be reduced.

Risks associated with the procedure

Just like any other procedure, there are risks associated with this surgery as well. Also, there are side-effects too. The side-effects of the procedure might include bruising, pain, redness and swelling. However, these side-effects do not last for long time and disappear within a few days of the procedure. although very rare, serious risks related to the procedure are an allergic reaction or an infection consequential to the anaesthesia that is administered during the procedure.

Lip reduction recovery

As observed in most cases, patients do not experience side-effects after undergoing lip reduction procedure. however, there are pretty minor side-effects when compared to other invasive surgeries such as eyelid or facelift surgery. Once the procedure is performed and patient is home, patients should adhere to the instructions given by the cosmetic surgeon. Apply ice bags and take pain medication to the lips to limit swelling and pain. In cases where the surgeon uses dissolvable sutures, the need to remove stitches do not arise. Those who undergo the surgery can return to work within a week or ten days. It might take nearly three to four months to see the results of the procedure.

It is important to know a few more things. Given that the incisions are made inside the mouth, eating might be difficult and challenging in initial days after the procedure. avoid intake of food with high acidic content as it can irritate wounds. Foods such as tomatoes and oranges should be avoided. It is in the best interest of the patient to have pureed and soft food after the lip reduction procedure. the plastic surgeon might prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash rinse throughout the day in order to prevent infection. In case, symptoms such as redness, pus around the incision area or excess pain happen then make sure you consult the surgeon.

Pre-operative requirements to undergo lip reduction

  • • Avoid intake of alcohol for at least two to three before and after the procedure
  • • It is essential to use sun-smart, preferably UVB and UVA sun protection, before the surgery
  • • Your current health history along with medication and drugs allergies would be reviewed by the surgeon
  • • Stop smoking for at least a few weeks before the surgery because nicotine can impar healing and circulation
  • • Routine laboratory testing is crucial

Preparation patient has to do before the procedure

Before undergoing the lip reduction surgery, the cosmetic surgeon would give you detailed instructions to prepare for it.

  • • Make sure that you at least take a week or ten days off from work or as told by the surgeon so that bruising and swelling can resolve.
  • • Make sure you have someone to take care of you and drive home after the surgery.

Cost of lip reduction procedure

As far as cost of lip reduction procedure is concerned, it usually varies between $1000 and $ 3,000. The actual cost of the procedure might increase depending on whether you are undergoing standalone surgery or multiple procedures. Also, there are several other factors that affect the overall cost including the fee of the anaesthesiologist, staff, charges of surgical facility and the fee of the cosmetic surgeon. Make sure you discuss the cost with the surgeon before opting for the surgery.

At Tour2CosmeticSurgeryIndia, we make sure that patients who choose us get detailed information regarding the procedure. We are associated with the surgeons who have expertise and experience in performing lip reduction surgery.

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