Lip Reduction Surgery

Lip reductions surgery explained

Lip reduction surgery is an elective cosmetic procedure carried out to reshape the lips and make them smaller. Lip reduction surgery can give facial features a more balanced look and feel.

It may be more common to see people trying to increase the size of their lips, but the popularity of lip reduction surgery, as a cosmetic procedure, in on the increase. One of the major contributing factors to the increase in popularity of lip reduction surgery is, it’s a quick and easy procedure to carry out and the discomfort and recovery time is fairly minimal.

Why have lip reduction surgery?

Lip reduction surgery not only changes the way your lips look but can also affect the overall appearance of your face. It can, to a certain extent, enhance the balance of your face.

Here are some benefits of lip reduction surgery:

  • Improve confidence
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Look rejuvenated
  • Look more youthful
  • Correct asymmetry.

Here are some reasons to have lip reduction surgery:

  • Not happy with the size of the lips
  • Not happy with the shape of the lips
  • The lips have lost their youthful feel and appearance
  • Some women may find it difficult to apply makeup

Who shouldn’t have lip surgery?

If you’re taking blood thinning medication like aspirin or have a cold sore you will not be able to have this procedure.

How much does lip reduction surgery cost?

The cost of lip reduction surgery isn’t fixed because the procedure is very much custom to the individual having the surgery. There are many factors that impact the cost of lip reduction surgery. These include, but are not limited to, where the surgery is carried out, the extent of the procedure and if additional surgery is required to achieve the desired results.

To find out the cost of lip reduction surgery you will need to arrange a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon who can assess you. Once the assessment is completed a quote will be provided based on your needs and requirements.

Every quote you received will be different to some extent. Therefore, it is advised that you review any quotes you receive carefully to understand what is included in the price.

How to choose where to go for lip reduction surgery?

Typically, when looking for a hospital or clinic in the UK you may want to check to see if they’re registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC are the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, responsible for monitoring and regulating hospital and care services. There you will be able to access reports and ratings to help you make the best choice

At Mhc, we have developed a user-friendly healthcare directory portal for people looking for treatments, like arm and thigh lift surgery, to easily search for, find and contact hospitals and clinics in the UK.

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In addition to finding a place to have lip reduction surgery, you should also research and consider the doctor who is going to carry out the surgery. All doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). There you can access the surgeon’s work history.

Although Mhc can help you find a clinic, hospital or doctor, we recommend you thoroughly assess and research the care providers you choose before moving forward.

What is involved in lip reduction surgery?

Lip reduction surgery is a quick procedure which take 20 to 30 minutes per lip to complete. It’s usually carried out under local anaesthetic and you should be discharged on the same day.

The procedure can be carries out on the top or bottom lip, or on both lips if desired, and can achieve a perfectly formed, natural appearance. This is achieved by removing skin from the dry-wet boarder of the lip and using stitches to reduce and reshape the lips.

After lip reduction surgery and recovery

After the procedure, a dressing will be placed on the treated area before you’re discharged. You will experience some bruising and swelling and will be advised to eat soft foods until the bruising and swelling go away.

Stitches should dissolve naturally or be removed after a week.

You may experience some discomfort after surgery but this should be tolerable. Your surgeon should advise you on any medication and give some guidance on the recovery process.

While at home you should stay upright to reduce swelling. When going to bed you should use additional pillows to prop your head up.

Side effects of lip reduction surgery and complications

It is common to experience some of the following effects after surgery:

  • Tightness around the chest area
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Some scarring that usually fade
  • Mild pain and discomfort

Like all cosmetic procedure there are some risks and potential complications associated with lip reduction surgery.

These include:

  • Bleeding from the wound
  • Infections
  • Stitches coming apart before fully healing
  • Under or over correction – can usually be re-corrected, but will need to be discussed with surgeon.

Your surgeon will discuss risks, complications and side effect in more detail before the procedure.

If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.

Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.

If you suspect the procedure was not carried out in the correct manor and you’re not satisfied with result or the level of care you have received, you should contact the CQC.

Things to consider before your lip reduction surgery

Choosing to have cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.

Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?

Here are some things you should think about:

  • How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
  • How long do you need to take off work?
  • When will you start to see the results you expect?
  • When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
  • Are the results of the surgery permanent?
  • If you have children, do you need childcare during recovery?

Start your search

You may or may not be ready to go for lip reduction surgery, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you can gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.