Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
There are numerous benefits to undergoing a lip reduction. This includes:
While there are many reasons for wanting a lip reduction, it is important to note the rare side effects, which can include:
The risk of side effects occurring may increase if you choose to travel abroad for surgery.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with lip reduction surgery.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The lip reduction 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 will also benefit from lip reduction.
Before surgery, 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:
A surgeon performing lip reduction can be either from a plastic surgery, ENT surgery or maxillofacial surgery background. All three specialities are fully trained to perform lip reduction.
The lip reduction surgery is carried out under local anaesthesia making the experience comfortable and relaxed. 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 leaving no visible scars. The procedure usually takes anytime around 20 minutes to an hour. You will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure.
It is recommended to be on a soft diet for the first few days to allow the wound to heal properly.
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 gone down. This could take up to three to four months. Cold compression can be applied to the sore area to ease any discomfort and pain medication can also be taken.
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.
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
Avoid taking aspirin or any blood thinners to avoid excessive bleeding during the procedure.
20 minutes to an hour.
You will be under twilight/local anaesthesia providing a relaxed experience.
No, the incisions will be made inside the lips leaving no visible scars.
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.
The results will be almost immediate after the swelling has gone down.