Lip reduction in London
Large fuller lips have been trendy for the past few years mostly among young people, however, not everyone like their lips to be a prominent facial feature. Lip reduction is ideal for those who feel their lips do not fit right with their overall facial features.
The procedure is desired by those who naturally have overly ethnic appearing lips including demographics such as African-American, Polynesian, etc. and feel that the lips do not match their overall facial appearance. People who may have experienced mishap after using fillers may also wish to opt for lip reduction.
All of our London plastic surgeons are on the GMC specialist register.
Expected results after lip reduction
There are numerous benefits to undergoing a lip reduction. This includes:
- Size and appearance can be reduced as desired
- Could change your smile
- Asymmetric lips can also be fixed
Potential side effects, which can include:
- Allergic reaction to the anaesthesia
- Swelling is very common
- Numbness of the lips
The risk of side effects occurring may increase if you choose to travel abroad for surgery.
The ideal candidate for lip reduction
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with the procedure
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The procedure is ideal for people who are unhappy with the size or shape of their lips, both upper and lower. The ethnicity, gender and age of the individual will also be taken into account as some people may feel that their lips are overly ethnic. Individuals whose lip augmentation may have gone wrong may also benefit from lip reduction.
Before a lip reduction procedure, you will be required to have a consultation with one of the surgeons. The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the lip reduction procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
The surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the lip enhancement procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
Types of lip reduction
- Upper lip reduction
- Lower lip reduction
- Combined upper and lower lip reduction
All our facial plastic surgeons are highly experienced in performing lip reduction surgery on patients with a wide range of ethnicities.
Preparation for lip reduction
Lip reduction can be performed on a ‘see and treat’ basis on the same day as the consultation provided our patient coordinators are informed of your preference at the consultation booking stage. The procedure is performed most commonly under local anaesthetic +/- oral sedation as an outpatient. After lip reduction surgery, you will be required to follow all the necessary postoperative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
You should avoid taking any aspirin containing medicines before the procedure for at least 1 week beforehand. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for a minimum of 48 hours beforehand as both smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol impair the wound healing process.
If you have the procedure under local anaesthetic only (with no oral sedation), you may drive home after the procedure.
The lip reduction procedure
The lip reduction surgery may carried out under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia. With a local anaesthetic, you also have the option of oral sedation to make you more relaxed during the procedure. With general anaesthetic, you will be asleep throughout the procedure for your comfort. Lip reduction is a day case procedure meaning you can go home the same day as your procedure to recover in the comfort of your own home.
With either form of anaesthesia, the surgeon will inject the lips with local anaesthetic for pain relief and to minimise blood loss. The procedure takes anywhere from 1 hour for a small upper lip correction to 3 hours for a large upper and lower lip correction.
Once the area to be treated is numb, the incisions are made inside the lips which are used to remove underlying tissues and skin. The incisions are then sutured with dissolvable stitches to minimise the risk of visible scarring.
It is recommended to be on a soft diet for the first few days to allow the incision lines to heal properly.
Recovery after lip reduction
During the recovery period, you can expect some swelling that may last for a few weeks, but the result will be immediately visible after the swelling has subsided. This could take up to three to four months. Cold compression can be applied to the sore area in the early postoperative period to ease any discomfort and pain medication can also be taken such as paracetamol.
It is normal to feel the sutures for up to 4 weeks after your procedure. The absorbable sutures may be more easily felt with the lips as the wound heals. This is quite normal.
Risks and potential complications after lip reduction surgery
Lip reduction surgery is recognised to be a low-risk procedure with minimal risk of complications. Your surgeon will fully assess you to ensure your suitability for the procedure. During your consultation, the surgeon will outline the risks and potential complications associated with the procedure.
- Postoperative bleeding
- Surgical site infection
- Hypertrophic scarring
- Delayed wound healing
- Potential requirement for a revision procedure
Lip reduction cost
There are a number of a factors which will impact on the final cost of your lip reduction procedure:
- Primary or revision lip correction
- Upper lip or lower lip or combined upper and lower lip reduction
- Complex reconstructive surgery such as after traumatic injury
Why not call 0207 993 4849 and speak to one of our expert patient coordinators who may be able to give you a rough costing prior to your procedure.
Always remember that price should never be the determining factor when it comes to choosing the right provider for lip reduction. We feel that safety and quality of service should be your number one priority and instilling in you the confidence that our team will look after you before, during and after your procedure to the best of their ability.
Am I an ideal candidate for lip reduction?Lip reduction surgery is suitable for you if you feel your lips do not match the overall appearance of your face. It is also beneficial for those who have experienced mishap after using lip fillers.
What does the lip reduction procedure involve?The lip reduction surgery is performed under twilight anaesthesia to provide the utmost comfort and relaxation for the patient. An incision is made inside the lips, which is then used to remove underlying tissues and skin to resize them. The incision is then stitched up with sutures
How do I prepare for my surgery?Avoid taking aspirin or any blood thinners to avoid excessive bleeding during the procedure.
How long does the procedure take?20 minutes to an hour.
Is the procedure going to be painful?You will be under twilight/local anaesthesia providing a relaxed experience.
Will I be left with scars?No, the incisions will be made inside the lips leaving no visible scars.
What is the recovery period going to be like?You can expect some swelling that will last for a few weeks. Cold compression can be applied or pain medication can be taken to ease the discomfort.
What are the risks associated with the procedure?Stitches may come off if not taken care of
Numbing of the lips
When can I expect to see the results of the procedure?The results will be almost immediate after the swelling has gone down.