The most common reason patients request lip reduction is that they are born with naturally large or asymmetrical lips, this has often been a source of teasing and unhappiness for many years. The second common indication is an excess of lip volume that has resulted from excessive lip augmentation with permanent fillers.
The techniques Dr. De Silva utilities hides the scars on the inner aspect of the lip so are invisible after surgery.
With lip reduction, the surgery is tailored to the specific needs of the patient. All of us have a degree of asymmetry, in the lips this can be improved within reason.
The lips are swollen for several days during which time soft foods are recommended, most of the swelling settles over the first few days to a week. Generally 2-5 days off work is recommended.
To give the lips time for healing, we recommend to our patient’s do not kiss for 2-weeks after surgery.
Lip reduction can be completed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. Local anesthesia is usually preferred as patient’s have a rapid recovery after surgery and go home soon after.
Lip reduction is a procedure that reduces the size of the lips, which can be the upper, lower or both lips. There are some considerations with lip surgery:
Lip surgery is as much about art and aesthetics in addition to surgical technique. There are no absolute measurements of the lips, the lips should be in balance with a person’s facial characteristics including their nose, chin and jaw line.
Ethnicity is an important fact to consider so that any reduction is in balance with a person’s ethnicity and facial features.
Concealing scars with lip surgery so that they are hidden after surgery.