Full, plump lips are often considered a desirable trait, but some individuals find their abnormally large lip size interrupts the balance of their facial features. When lips are larger than average, this can interfere with eating and speaking as well as attract unwanted attention, causing patients to be self-conscious. Despite your reason for seeking lip reduction, our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. John Hilinski, is experienced at performing a variety of lip procedures and can help you address your concern of overly large lips.
If you wish to reduce the size of your upper and/or lower lips, Dr. Hilinski will meet with you to discuss your desired outcome, and based on this information, he will create a custom treatment plan that best aligns with your aesthetic goals. Should you wish to undergo any additional procedures, these may be able to be performed at the same time as your lip reduction.
The best candidates for a lip reduction are those who are in generally good health, have realistic expectations of their outcome, and wish to decrease their lip size. The procedure can address a protruding upper lip as well as lower lip, depending on your unique needs.
A lip reduction can be performed to address a number of concerns, including thick lips caused by genetics, revision of a previous lip augmentation, correction of a congenital defect, or excess tissue following the recovery from an injury. When you meet with Dr. Hilinski for your initial consultation, he will go over your medical history and what you hope to achieve with surgery to create a personalized plan for your surgery.
The specifics of your lip reduction surgery will vary depending on the unique reason for undergoing the procedure and complexity of your case. However, most lip reductions are performed under local anesthesia and can be completed within one to two hours. Dr. Hilinski will place the incision inside the mouth, which allows any post-operative scarring to be easily concealed. Once the incision is made, he will carefully remove the appropriate amount of tissue from within the lip to create the desired new lip contour. To conclude the surgery, Dr. Hilinski will place sutures to close the incision.
For the first couple weeks, you will experience some swelling and a feeling of tightness, but these should gradually decrease with time. Icing your lips for the first few days can help keep swelling and soreness under control. Bruising is also a common occurrence as your lips continue to heal. Any pain or discomfort you feel can often be managed with oral pain medication, as well as keeping your head elevated and getting adequate rest. Most patients can return to work two to three days after their surgery.
During the beginning of the recovery period, you will need to consume soft foods to minimize the risk of irritating the incision inside the mouth. About seven to ten days after surgery, your sutures will be removed, at which time most of the swelling should have faded, revealing your new lip appearance.
Want to learn more about lip reduction surgery? Contact our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation with our experienced facial plastic surgeon to get started.
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