Lip Reduction Surgery
Lip reduction surgery involves removing skin tissues from the lower or upper lips, or sometimes both. This is done in an effort to reshape the entire lip area.
- First, anesthesia either local or general — is used so you won’t feel any pain.
- During the procedure, a surgeon makes an incision in a horizontal line in the pink inner portion of your lip. This minimizes scarring.
- The surgeon then removes excess fat and tissues from the lip to reduce its overall volume.
- Once all the targeted tissues are removed, the surgeon will close up the incision with stitches. These usually falls their own within a few days or weeks.
Best Candidate For Lip Reduction
- The ideal candidate for lip reduction is an individual who has a determined desire to possess lips that are in accordance with their other facial features. The individual should be in good health, both physically and mentally, and possess realistic expectations.
- Autoimmune and inflammatory diseases can limit your candidacy, especially if your condition causes frequent mouth sores. You’ll want to disclose your full medical history with your surgeon in advance so that you can limit your risk of side effects.
- Smoking is also off-limits before surgery, as well as during your recovery.
- You can’t get lip surgery if you have cold sores or other types of mouth sores. Infections around the mouth area can also limit your time frame for surgery. Your surgeon may ask that you treat the infection first and then schedule your procedure for a later time.
- Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a history of cold sores or herpes blisters of the mouth. They’ll likely prescribe medication to prevent an outbreak while you’re healing.
Rest And Recovery
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 week following surgery. Temporary numbness or tingling of the lips is common normally, patients feel well enough to return to work in two to three days.
Lip reduction is a safe and simple procedure and once completed, you can return home to relax.