Although full, plump lips are considered attractive to many, disproportionately large or out-turned lips can look awkward and disrupt the harmony of your facial features. Lip reduction surgery, as the name suggests, aims to reduce the size of the lips for those who prefer smaller/thinner lips.
Lip reduction surgery is very simple and straightforward. The surgeon will make a horizontal incision along the edge of your lips inside the mouth. From this incision, fat and lip tissue are removed as required. A small strip of skin may also be excised if necessary. The incision is then closed with absorbable sutures to complete the surgery.
The entire procedure will take about an hour to complete and is usually performed under local anaesthesia.
Risks and Complications
Lip reduction is a very safe minor procedure with minimal risks. Some of the possible risks and complications may include:
- Infection and inflammation
- Excessive bleeding
- Disturbed or damaged nerves, leading to temporary or permanent loss of sensation.
With good surgical techniques and proper post-care, these complications can be largely or completely avoided. Do consult a skilled, experienced and reputable surgeon for your lip reduction surgery.
Most dimpleplasty procedures produces permanent results. However as everyone heals differently post-surgery, some neo-dimples can fade over time if the scar tissue to tether the cheek skin does not form ideally. Please refer back to your surgeon in this case for further advice.
You should avoid the following for a few days as they may interfere with the healing process.
- Consumption of spicy or irritating foods
- Pressing or applying excessive force on the lips
You may be given an antiseptic gargle to prevent infection of the surgery wounds. Be sure to gargle with regularly as per instructions given.