Full, plump lips have been the overwhelming craze for a while now. This trend, made famous by social media and reality TV stars, has turned the lip augmentation business into a booming industry. However, this trend is now seeing a resistance: Instead of having full lips, a growing number of women are now aiming for thinner lips. And, consequently, it has also increased the demand for its equivalent cosmetic procedure: lip reduction surgery.
Although it’s becoming a fast trend, those who choose to undergo lip reduction surgery aren’t all about following fads. For some, it’s a procedure used to correct lip deformities, such as heavy upper and lower lips. Additionally, it may also be performed for those who’ve had bad results from previous lip enhancement procedures.
Even with the growing demand for this procedure, it is still relatively unknown among patients. With that being said, here are the six questions patients normally ask about lip reduction surgery.
- What is lip reduction surgery? Also known as cheiloplasty, lip reduction is a procedure for patients with uncommonly big and fat lips, as well as significantly protruding lips. It is also applicable for those suffering from other lip abnormalities. The operation decreases the volume of one or both lips and in most cases, creates an artificial tip constructed from healthy tissue from a neighboring part of the body.
- Who should undergo lip reduction surgery? Ideal candidates for this procedure, as with most plastic surgery treatments, should be in good physical and mental health. To minimize complications post-surgery, candidates must also not have a smoking habit, any skin disorders, keloid scars, infections, or active cold sores.
- How is it done? Done with proper anesthesia, the procedure itself starts with a carefully placed horizontal incision on the inside area of the lip. A layer of excess skin and tissue will then be taken out. Naturally, the amount of excess skin and tissue to be extracted will depend on the desired appearance of the patient. When the necessary excess tissue has been removed, the incision will be closed with stitches.
- What should I expect post-surgery? Before anything else, it is important to remember that, unlike lip fillers, results from a lip reduction surgery are permanent. With that being said, patients can expect more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing lips. These improvements are likely to result in an enhanced smile, better confidence, and better facial symmetry. The aesthetic results may be apparent immediately after surgery, but the final results may take up to three months to appear.
- How long do patients have to recover? For the first few weeks, a patient’s lips will continue to feel swollen and painful. There will also be stiffness and bruising, which may last until the scars soften. Normal daily activities may be resumed after seven to 10 days, while arduous activities should be avoided for at least eight weeks. To improve healing, sleeping on two pillows or doing whatever you can to keep your head lifted during sleep is recommended.
- Is it safe? As with any surgical procedure, lip reduction surgery has its share of accompanying risks. These include infections, allergic reactions, seroma, hematoma, additional scar tissues, and several more. That is why it’s crucial for patients to find an experienced plastic surgeon who will delicately but effectively handle their procedure, as well as perform regular check-ups post-surgery to ensure that the surgical wound has healed properly.
This is a Guest Post by Dr. Jacob Sedgh who is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon based in Southern California. To know more, visit: Lip reduction surgery.