The most common reason patients request cheiloplasty is because they are born with naturally large or asymmetrical lips. This may have been a source of teasing and unhappiness for many years.
The second common indication is over-inflated lips from excessive lip augmentation with permanent fillers.
The techniques Dr De Silva uses hides the scars on the inner aspect of the lip and are invisible after cheiloplasty surgery.
With lip reduction, the surgery is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. All of us have a degree of asymmetry in the lips but 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 down 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 not to kiss until 2 weeks after surgery.
Lip reduction can be completed under local anaesthesia, with or without sedation.
Local anaesthesia is usually preferred as patients have a rapid recovery after it and can go home sooner.
Lip reduction may be performed on the upper, lower or both lips, but it not a one-size-fits-all procedure. There are some considerations with lip surgery: