Some people want to have bog, luscious and plump lips while others may not be comfortable with their pouted lips. So if someone has this issue, the lips size can be reduced by lip reduction surgery. Through lip surgery, the size of the lips can be altered as desired.

Lip surgery is quite a common procedure nowadays. As lips are the most sensual organ on the face, more and more number of men and women long to enhance their facial profile and improve their self-confidence through lip lift surgery.

Types of Lip Surgery

There are different types of lip surgery procedures available. Lip reduction surgery is done to make large lips thin, contoured and small while lip augmentation surgery is done to give volume to the lips and to make them large. Lip lift surgery is done to lift up the upper lip closer to the nose that gives a fuller and pleasing appearance to the lips. In cases of injury to lips or any damage to lip tissues, lip reconstruction surgeries can be done to correct any lip abnormalities. It can also be done for the revision of scar tissues.

Who can be a candidate for Lip Surgery?

There is a percentage of people who have lips that are too large and can actually affect their everyday routines. Eating, talking or trying to maintain dental health can become difficult when the proportion of the lips is out of sync with the face. Such people are ideal candidate for lip reduction surgery.

There are four types of people who usually opt for this facial cosmetic procedure.

  1. People of certain genetic or race are born with thick lips.
  2. Those who had gone for a surgical procedure for lip augmentation in their quest for full pout lips but are not satisfied with result because of abnormal lumps on lips as a consequence of a botched lip enhancement surgery
  1. Some people are born with congenial lip deformities like cleft lips. They also need Cheiloplasty to correct these lip abnormalities.
  1. People who had accidents or burn injuries that left excess healing tissues that needs to be surgically removed. It is not uncommon for an injured lip to heal with lumps or bumps that can look unattractive and impair function.

The lip surgery itself is a way to balance out the lip area. Usually one lip is larger than the other and has to be put in balance with the remaining lip as well as the nose and chin. Lip Reduction surgically reduces the appearance of larger-than-desirable lips. It involves taking a small section of tissue from the inside of your lip and suturing it with either dissolvable or non-dissolvable stitches.

These are the before and after lip job pictures of real patients who have undergone a lip reduction surgery or lip lift surgery. You can see a clear difference in the size and shape of the lips in the after the surgery pictures of the patients. The lips have become attractive and are enhancing the overall facial profile.

Pre-Operation Consultation

During the initial consultation, the patient has to disclose any medication he or she is using and the surgeon must go over in detail about the procedure being done. He must also include the time it will take to heal and any after care instructions. At this time, the patient also needs to go over what result they expect from the surgeon and from this facial cosmetic procedure. The surgeon will explain if he can meet these expectations and what to expect after the surgery is completed. A few days before the actually surgery the patient goes again to the surgeon to discuss any other things that might come up. This is called the preoperative appointment. The surgeon will also discuss the pre care and after care following surgery and prescribe any medications or antibiotics needed.

This is the most important step in the whole process of lip reduction surgery. This is the time when you must make a very clear discussion with the surgeon about your complaints, concerns and the various looks one can achieve, the amount of skin that can and should be removed, etc. Your surgeon will explain the technique and incision placements or methods that may be most appropriate for you and should discuss the risks associated with lip reduction as well.

Post-Operative Care

After the lip surgery you need a few precautions about the food you eat.

  • Wash thoroughly any raw food or vegetables that you eat.
  • Avoid spicy and hot foods until your lips are completely healed.
  • It’s also a good idea to avoid having raw fish, rare meat or other types of food that may contain high amounts of bacteria.
  • You may be instructed to rinse with Listerine several times a day.
  • Do not to pick or tongue your incisions and sutures.
  • Your doctor may advice you to refrain from contact sports for at least 6 to 8 weeks after lip surgery.

Possible complications

All kinds of surgery involve some risks and complications. Lip surgery may involve;

  • Infection
  • Possibility of asymmetry in lips
  • Hypertrophic scarring
  • Lip numbness which is usually temporary but may become permanent in some cases
  • Generalized dissatisfaction with the results

Lip Surgery Procedure

Usually, in lip reduction surgery, an incision is made inside the mouth through which the excess tissues are removed from the lips which lessen the plumpness. In lip lift surgery, the skin is removed from the upper lips which may leave a visible scar however, by removing the skin from underneath the nose give much improved results. This method is used for pulling the lip upwards closer to the nose that shorten the gap between the nose and upper lip giving a plump appearance to the upper lip.

Lip Surgery in combination with other Facial Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

For enhanced results, lip reduction surgery can be combined with:

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facelift
  • Facial Implants

Swelling and discoloration of the overlying skin may last for several weeks to months.

Treatment Duration and Recovery

Time Required for Lip Surgery Procedure

The lip reduction surgery or lip lift surgery is usually done under local anaesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours to perform. Time requirement can vary depending on the extent of surgery being done. The surgeon removes a strip of skin from one or both of the lips, to balance the lip area out. After the lip surgery it can take from 7 to 14 days to heal fully. In some cases, stitches might have to be removed after 10 days depending on the type of sutures that were used.

Recovery Time

The recovery time varies from patient to patient in lip surgery. There will be swelling and bruising in this facial cosmetic procedure which will recover in few weeks and the final results of the lip surgery will become visible in about 3 months following the surgical procedure. There may be some change in your smile along with odd hollow sensations, some tingling and sporadic sharp pain, burning and cold sensations. These conditions usually fade away in few weeks.

After about 5 to 7 days, you can return to normal routine work but it also depends on the kind of work you do. If you do a job which does not involve much talking then you can continue your work after a week but if your work involves more high impact tasks then you may need to take more time off from work. Your surgeon will be better able to guide you about it.

Side Effects

There are some lip reduction surgery side effects which are common to any surgical procedure. These include;

Temporary swelling and bruising
Possibility of infection
Temporary loss of sensation in the mouth area
In some rare cases, there can be;

Blood clotting
Reaction to anaesthesia
Permanent loss of sensation

Treatment Cost

The cost of lip surgery depends on the type of surgery you have. You plastic surgeon will better be able to tell about the cost of the procedure in initial consultation. For further information you can either check our price tab or can contact us directly.

Who can opt for lip reduction surgery?

Men and women who have big lips which make them feel self-conscious and a cause of anxiety can opt for lip reduction. Drooping lips or outward turned lips can also be a cause of anxiety so these conditions can be effectively treated with lip reduction surgery which give permanent and natural results.

What does lip reduction surgery involve?

At CosmeDocs, our goal is to make the complete procedure as safe and comfortable as possible. Lip surgery is generally performed under the effect of local or general anaesthesia. The complete surgical procedure takes almost one hour to complete and the healing period is almost two weeks.

Are there any risks of complications in lip surgery?

Luckily any serious complications are quite rare in lip surgery procedures. At CosmeDocs, it is performed by expert and experienced plastic surgeons which minimize the risks of any complications. Majority of the patients have no problems afterwards and are satisfied with the results. However, it is important that the patient should be aware of both the benefits and risks of the surgery which will be discussed in the initial consultation session.

Am I a right candidate for lip reduction surgery?

The procedure is suitable for the people of age 18 years and above with good physical health, who are not satisfied with the appearance of their lips.

How is lip reduction surgery performed?

During the lip surgery, the incision is made inside the upper lip through the length of the lip. Then a thin slice of tissues will be cut by the surgeon horizontally from the inside of lip and the incision will be closed using dissolvable sutures.

How will be the recovery like after lip surgery?

After the lip surgery, there will be swelling and bruising for some period. During this period, it is recommended to eat soft foods until the swelling settles down. It is recommended to take 2-5 days off from work.

Can I kiss after lip surgery?

You need to give a healing time to lips therefore it is recommended that you should avoid kissing for at least 2 weeks following the surgery.

Can lip Surgery smooth my uneven lips?

Yes, the lip surgery is tailored to meet the specific requirements of the patients. The asymmetry can be improved to some extent.

When will I be able to see the full results?

Though the swelling will resolve in few weeks after the lip surgery, but the final results will become fully visible 3-4 months after the surgery.

Does the lip surgery give permanent results?

Yes, it give permanent and long lasting results.