What does a typical Lip Reduction consultation entail?
– You will consult with several surgeons to choose one to carry out your procedure. You should view before and after photos, discuss the surgery and what it entails, fully go over the risks and complications and ascertain that you and he/she are in agreement on what looks good. Or at least make sure he or she understands what it is YOU want post-operatively. You will also go over your medical history to determine if you are even a good candidate and after you have decided whether or not to choose which surgery you will schedule a pre-operative appointment with that surgeon to further discuss any particulars or desires.
How is Lip Reduction performed?
– After you have been sedated or anesthetized your surgeon will remove a sliver or larger section of tissue from the inside of your lip and suture it with either dissolvable or non-dissolvable type sutures. It is a fairly simple operation but does have its risks and complications.
What should I expect post-operatively?
– Definitively expect swelling. This operation does involve moderate to severe swelling and moderate soreness. You may feel numb for a while as well and find that drinking and eating may be difficult. This will pass. Discuss with your surgeons what post surgical protocol he recommends.
When will the stitches be removed and does this hurt?
– The sutures are usually removed at day 7-10 if they are non-dissolvable and it may sting a little bit. You can have a shot of anesthetic but it usually hurts more to receive the shot that to have the sutures removed. Just alert your surgeon if he is hurting you.
When will I be able to see the results?
– Although your swelling should abate within 2 weeks the final result may not be seen until approximately 3-4 months postoperatively. Patience is a definite virtue in plastic surgery.
What are the risks of Lip Reduction?
– Allergic reactions to the anesthetic are possible, hematoma, seroma, numbness, change in your smile and asymmetry are possible, not to mention the possibility of general dissatisfaction. Be sure to go over your desires with your surgeon preoperatively.
Are the results permanent?
– The results are permanent so be sure that this is what you want before committing. Although lip augmentation is in fact a far more common and popular procedure than lip reduction, if you should ever change your mind after your procedure you may be interested in lip augmentation.