Lip Reduction: Frequently Asked Questions
Interested in lip reduction surgery? No doubt you have lots of questions, and perhaps a few concerns. Listed below are some of the most commonly asked questions about lip reduction, along with their answers:
- What is lip reduction?
- At what age can lip reduction be performed?
- What does a typical lip reduction consultation entail?
- How is lip reduction performed?
- What should I expect postoperatively?
- When will the stitches be removed?
- When will I see the results?
- What are the risks of lip reduction?
- Are the results of lip reduction permanent?
Lip reduction surgery reduces the appearance of lips that are larger or fuller than desirable.
This procedure can be performed during the mid to late teens (with parental permission for those under the age of 18) on up.
During your consultation, you should be honest about your issues with your lips and how you would like to change them. The surgeon will then tell you what you can reasonably expect to accomplish with lip reduction surgery. He or she should also discuss the surgery itself, what it entails and the various procedure options that are available. You should go over the risks and complications related to lip reduction, as well as the cost. Expect to go over your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for this surgery.
Lip reduction usually involves an intraoral (inside the mouth) incision that runs the length of your lip. Your surgeon will then remove a thin horizontal slice of tissue from the inside of your lip and close the incision with sutures. Both lips can be done during the same procedure.
Definitely expect some swelling, usually in the moderate to severe range, accompanied by some moderate soreness. Your lip(s) may also feel numb for a while, making eating and drinking a challenge.
Non-dissolving stitches are usually removed after seven to 10 days, and it may sting a little bit.
Although your swelling should resolve within two weeks, the final results may not be seen for approximately three to four months postoperatively.
Risks of lip reduction include an allergic reaction to the anesthetic, hematoma (swelling caused by a pooling of blood), seroma (swelling caused by a collection of serum), and numbness in the lip area. Cosmetically, your smile may change and your lips may become asymmetrical. And there's always the possibility of general dissatisfaction with the results.
Yes, results are permanent.
Annapolis Aesthetic Surgery, Inc.
116 Defense Hwy.,
Annapolis, MD 21401
10807 Falls Road, #100
Baltimore, MD 21093
Buinewicz Plastic Surgery & Medspa
3655 Route 202
Suites 225 and 230
Doylestown, PA 18902