A lot of people are going lip augmentation surgery in recent times to increase the size of upper or lower lips. However, there are quite a lot of people who think that their lips are too large and they are opting for lip reduction surgery.
Ideal candidates for lip reduction surgery
- People with naturally large lips
- People unhappy with prior lip augmentation surgery
A person planning to undergo lip reduction surgery should be in good physical health and it is best to avoid smoking and drinking a fortnight prior to the surgery.
About the procedure
It is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. If a person is undergoing multiple procedures then general anesthesia is administered. It can be performed on either upper lip or lower lip or both. During the surgery, plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision on the inside of the lip.
Immediately after the surgery lips may feel tight. There can be moderate pain for a few days after the surgery. Painkillers are prescribed to keep the pain in check. Swelling and bruising can be expected after the surgery.
As incisions are placed inside the mouth, it may be difficult to eat. Precautions to be taken include:
- Avoid food with acid content
- Eat soft and pureed food
- Rinse with antiseptic mouthwash
Excessive pain or redness can be a sign of infection. The sutures are removed within a week or 10 days following the surgery.
Cost of lip reduction
The fees is inclusive of anesthesia fee, medication, bandages, operating facility fee and surgeon’s charges. Get the charges involved before the surgery. Additional procedures will cost extra. Doubling up of procedures lead to lower cost in long run as anesthesia fee and operating facility fee are paid only once. It is a cosmetic procedure therefore not covered by insurance.