Overview of the surgery:
Lip Reduction, also called reduction cheiloplasty, is the procedure to remove excess lip tissue to reduce the appearance of overly large lips.
Lip reduction is performed by making an incision in the length of your lip inside your mouth and then removing a strip of skin from one or both lips, depending upon the look you want to achieve. Your Surgeon will aim to enhance the mouth and lips area to complement your facial features, giving you a softened, natural mouth.
Duration of the operation:
The procedure takes only about 30 minutes - 1 hour.
Post operative care:
You may notice a change in your smile, odd sensations of “hollowness”, tingling, the sporadic sharp pain, or “pulling”, burning, and cold sensation. Take it easy and sleep on two pillows to keep your head elevated for around 7-14 days or how long your surgeon suggests. Remember that swelling and bruising id perfectly normal after surgery but this will clear up after a few weeks. You should expect to see the final results from lip reduction surgery in about 3 months. Because of the swelling your lips may look larger after the procedure than before but they will settle in time
Your swelling will subside within a few weeks, but usually the final result will be visible after about 3 months of the surgical procedure. These usually subside within the first few weeks. You can return to work at 5 to 7 days – but it depends upon type of your work. If you have a sedentary (desk job) with little or no amount of talking it is ok to resume your work after about a week.
Give yourself a week after the completion of your lip reduction surgery returning to your normal routine.It’s also advisable to refrain from participating in contact sports for at least six to eight weeks.
Possible risk and complications:
All surgery has risks and complications. With lip reduction, these risks include allergic reaction to the anesthesia and infection. There is also the risk of asymmetry and/or cosmetic dissatisfaction. Numbness is also possible, but this usually subsides within the first few weeks. Excess scar tissue and lumps in your newly-thinned lips may also occur. If your lips are too thin as a result of lip reduction surgery, lip augmentation may help correct this.
The procedure can be performed under local and or regional anesthesia although some surgeons may choose to perform it under Light Sleep anesthesia.
It depends on your preferences as well as your surgeon’s. Lip reduction can be performed on an out patient basis, in the hospital, or in an ambulatory surgical suite.
Preparation before Surgery
- Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
- Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
- Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
- You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
- Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
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