Lip Size Reduction
- Facial features combine to the give the appearance an aesthetic appeal.
- When one area is out of proportion, a look will be unbalanced.
- The lips are considered the most sensual part of the body; when overly big, they can take away from an otherwise elegant appearance.
- There are some people out there that feel that their lips are too large. Individuals that have large lips may feel self-conscious about their appearance.
- Many of these people do not know that there is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to bring down the size of the lips so they are in proportion with the rest of your face.
- 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.
- Your lip reduction surgery will be tailored to fit your needs and desires as the patient, taking into account the form and dimension of other facial features.
- It can be performed on upper as well as lower lip or both.
Lip Reduction Candidates
- Candidates for lip reduction surgery include patients that have naturally large lips.
- Patients that are unhappy with the results of a permanent lip augmentation procedure done in the past. (lip fillers or fat grafting)
- Patients should be in good health, and not smoke cigarettes for a month before and after surgery.
Lip Reduction Surgery
- I evaluate the patient when they are at rest, smiling and speaking and then determine the amount of tissue to be reduced.
- For most patients, the lip reduction procedure is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
- The procedure will take between 30 to 40 minutes to complete, using a light sleep anesthetic.
- First, I apply a local anesthetic to the lips. A small horizontal 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.
- A Lip Reduction may be performed alone, or it may be paired with another cosmetic procedure to produce optimum results. Patients can find satisfying results by including a Rhinoplasty, Cheek Augmentation, or a Facelift.
Lip Reduction Risks
The side effects of surgery include pain, swelling, bruising, and redness in the treatment area; these side effects generally dissipate within a few days of surgery.
Lip Reduction Recovery
- The average recovery is about 7-10 days.
- The suture line may look irregular at first but the result settles in and continues to improve over 6-12 weeks.
- The surgery is performed to make the scar on the inside of the mouth. The scar may feel thick for several weeks but generally heals to a point that it is almost invisible.
- Initially, there may be mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising; these diminish over the first several weeks following surgery.
- In the days following surgery, patients should take pain medication and apply ice bags to the lips to limit pain and swelling
- Patients can usually return to work within a week of surgery.
- Best results are seen at about two to three months after surgery
- Temporary numbness or tingling of the lips is common.
- Patients should keep their head elevated while sleeping 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.
What is a Lip Lift?
A Lip Lift generally refers to an 'Upper Lift Lift' and is a surgical procedure that elevates the position of the upper lip to create a more youthful and relaxed smile.
It shortens the skin distance that is between the upper lip and the base of the nose. This increases the amount of 'pink lip' that is seen, exposes the teeth more, and gives you fuller, more youthful looking lips.
It is useful in improving the looks of the people who have the following problems:-
- Their teeth do not show when they smile
- Long space (greater than 1.5 cm) between the nose and the upper lip
- Thin flat lips
- Lip fillers result in duck lips because the upper lip does not have room to expand vertically
How is the Upper Lip Lift performed?
Lip lift procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia. I perform the Upper Lip Lift by excising only skin at the base of the nose.An incision is placed directly beneath the nose and a small strip of skin and tissue is removed. The lip is elevated to its new position exposing about 1/8" of teeth and permanently increasing the volume of the pink part of the lip. The procedure takes about ninety minutes. The result of the lip lift is a more youthful and pleasant shape to the mouth and lips. The teeth will show more and the patient almost always looks happier and relaxed.
What is the post-op recovery like?
As soon as your lip lift procedure is over you will be able to leave the office and go home to recover.
For either type of Lip Lift, soft foods should be eaten for the first few days. You may return to work 3-4 days after surgery, but you will still be swollen and your mouth will still feel tight for the first few weeks. The sutures that I use are dissolvable, so you do not have to return to the office to have them removed. Swelling will go down dramatically within 1-2 weeks and by the end of one month, the majority of all swelling will be gone.