Although most patients seek to augment their lips, there are a few who suffer from the opposite problem: lips that are too voluminous, leading to an unbalanced and artificial appearance. This may be a result of genetics, trauma or previous plastic surgeries or procedures to volumize the lip.
During your consultation, Dr. Roy will obtain relevant medical and surgical history pertaining to the issue and thoroughly examine the lips to determine the issue. He will then create a plan on how to recontour the lip to achieve a more natural appearance.
The procedure is typically performed in the office under local anesthetic with or without light sedation, and generally takes anywhere between 1-2 hours. Incisions are generally placed on the wet part of the red lip so healing is fast and scarring inconspicuous. Dissolvable stitches are used so nothing needs to be removed later on.
Social recovery is typically about 7-10 days, by which time most of the swelling and bruising associated with the procedure has subsided. Dr. Roy will see you the day after surgery and schedule several follow up visits, in addition to sending you home with detailed post-operative instructions. Generally speaking, low impact activities can be resumed after 2 weeks to reduce swelling and ensure the best possible outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1.Is Lip Reduction safe?
Lip Reduction surgery is generally a very safe and well tolerated procedure. Like any surgery where an incision is made in the skin, there are limited risks to be aware of which will be discussed in detail with your surgeon. That being said, Lip Reduction performed in experienced and skilled hands results in very good outcomes with inconspicuous scarring.
2.Is there a minimum age for Lip Reduction surgery?
As people age, their lips tend to lose volume and definition so it is always wise to seek expert opinion when considering Lip Reduction surgery at a young age as things may change in the near future. That being said, younger patients in their upper teenage years who are psychologically mature and have grossly enlarged lips resulting in functional or social problems can be considered for Lip Reduction surgery.
3.Is Lip Reduction surgery appropriate for both upper and/or lower lips?
Lip Reduction surgery can be performed for either upper or lower lips, or both. Incision design is slightly different when addressing the upper or lower lip. During your consultation, Dr. Roy will assess both lips with respect to the whole face and give an opinion on the best way to achieve the desired patient outcome. This is a two-way conversation balancing patient expectations and what is surgically feasible and appropriate.