Lips are the central attraction of the face, making or breaking one’s appearance. Fortunately, for those who think they weren’t blessed with a natural fit, there are ways to achieve desired results. Lip surgery is versatile and can change one’s appearance according to their needs – resulting in the lips of one’s dreams!

Lip reduction

Lip reduction or cheiloplasty is a procedure that reduces the size of the patient’s lip, offering more symmetry in coordinance to their facial features. This procedure is sought after by patients with large or disproportionate lips. At times, lip reduction can also aid in curbing drooling that is caused due to lack of closure between the two lips. Lip reduction can also be done to reverse lip augmentation surgery. This procedure can also be performed with other procedures like chin augmentation, rhinoplasty, brow lift etc.

Pre-procedural prep

  • Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
  • Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure as they are at higher risk.
  • Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
  • Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
  • Care – the patient will be asked to arrange for driven transport as they cannot drive post-surgery. It is also advisable to have someone at home to help a few days during recovery.

Procedure

Lip reduction involves removing the excess labial tissue from the inside of the buccal cavity. This procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. Once the desired expectations are achieved, the incision made is closed using dissolvable sutures that are placed inside the mouth. The minimal scarring caused due to this procedure is not visible from the outside. Lip reduction results in more proportionate, well-sized, symmetrical lips.

Risks & recovery

  • Downtime – the patient can resume normal activities in 7 to 14 days.
  • Activities – there should be minimal mouth movement for the first few days into recovery. Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
  • Diet – the physician may recommend a liquid diet consumed through a straw to avoid lip movement for the first few days. Hot and spicy food should be avoided until the sutures have healed.
  • Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated lip.
  • General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, scarring and infection.
  • Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
  • Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
  • Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright and elevated position. This reduces swelling and avoids tugging / pulling.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
  • Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few days as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
  • Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to avoid infection. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical treatments. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.

Lip augmentation

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that results in plump and full lips that enhance one’s facial appearance. It is highly sought after by patients who have thin and asymmetrical lips. This procedure is oft combined with a lip lift to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Pre-procedural prep

  • Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
  • Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure as they are at higher risk.
  • Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
  • Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
  • Care – the patient will be asked to arrange for driven transport as they cannot drive post-surgery. It is also advisable to have someone at home to help a few days during recovery.

Procedure

  1. Tissue grafting:

This technique of lip augmentation involves using a tissue extracted from the donor site and grafting it into the lips or the recipient site. Once the desired expectations are achieved, the incision made inside the buccal cavity is closed using dissolvable sutures. The minimal scarring caused due to this procedure is not visible from the outside. Lip augmentation results in plump, full and symmetrical lips.

  1. Fat grafting:

Fat grafting is a method of lip augmentation that transfers fat into the lips to achieve plumper and fuller lips. Initially, fat is extracted via liposuction from the donor site. The extracted fat is then processed and deposited into the lips to achieve desired results. The fat is grafted into the lip using syringes and no incisions are made. This procedure has a downtime of 1 to 5 days depending on the amount of liposuction. Lip augmentation results in plump, full and symmetrical lips.

  1. Implants:

This method of lip augmentation is rarer as it includes placing an implant inside the lips. The implants used can be either silicone or saline and are placed via an incision made in the buccal cavity. Once the desired expectations are achieved, the incision made is closed using dissolvable sutures that are placed inside the mouth. The minimal scarring caused due to this procedure is not visible from the outside. Lip augmentation results in plump, full and symmetrical lips.

Risks & recovery

  • Downtime – the patient can resume normal activities in 7 to 14 days, depending on the technique used.
  • Activities – there should be minimal mouth movement for the first few days into recovery. Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
  • Diet – the physician may recommend a liquid diet consumed through a straw to avoid lip movement for the first few days. Hot and spicy food should be avoided until the sutures have healed.
  • Bruising – since the volume of the lip is increased, the skin will stretch rapidly and lead to severe bruising.
  • Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated lip.
  • Rejection – there may be a mild possibility that the patient’s body may reject the donor graft or implant.
  • General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, scarring and infection.
  • Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
  • Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
  • Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright and elevated position. This reduces swelling and avoids tugging / pulling.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
  • Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few days as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
  • Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers, antibiotics and immunosuppressants to avoid rejection. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical treatments. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.
  • Makeup – makeup can be used to conceal any prolonged bruising and scars post-recovery.

Lip lift

A lip lift is a surgical procedure that shortens the space between the nose and the top of the lip, this space is also known as the philtrum. The philtrum tends to sink and cowl with age. A lip lift can drastically improve one’s appearance and enhance a youthful appearance – resulting in prominent and youthful lip region.

Pre-procedural prep

  • Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
  • Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure as they are at higher risk.
  • Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
  • Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
  • Care – the patient will be asked to arrange for driven transport as they cannot drive post-surgery. It is also advisable to have someone at home to help a few days during recovery.

Procedure

  • Direct lip lift

A direct lip lift aids in achieving a more defined lip border. It includes removing a thin strip of skin just above the upper lip and pulling the skin upwards. This creates the illusion of more pronounced lips. The incision made is closed using sutures. A direct lip lift typically leaves behind a scar on the upper lip area.

  • Subnasal bullhorn lip lift

The subnasal bullhorn is one of the most common lip lift techniques. An incision is made by the surgeon along the base of the nose where it’s less visible. The incision is often made in the shape of a bullhorn and the lip is pulled up toward the nose. The incision made is closed using sutures and the scarring will remain hidden.

  • Central lip lift

A central lip lift is closely similar to a subnasal bullhorn lift. It shortens the philtrum by an incision made at the base of the nose. This method lifts the centre of the lips making it look more prominent. The incision made is closed using sutures and the scarring will remain hidden.

  • Corner lip lift

A corner lip lift is performed by making two small incisions at both corners of the mouth and removing a small amount of skin. This technique is an option for patients who have downturned lips. A corner lip lift is commonly combined with other techniques to achieve customisable results.

  • Italian lip lift

An Italian lip lift involves the surgeon making two incisions below each nostril and it’s very similar to the bullhorn lip lift technique. An Italian lip lift reduces the philtrum and results in more prominent and youthful lips. The incision made is closed using sutures and the scarring will remain hidden.

Risks & recovery

  • Downtime – the patient can resume normal activities in 7 to 14 days.
  • Activities – there should be minimal mouth movement for the first few days into recovery. Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
  • Diet – the physician may recommend a liquid diet consumed through a straw to avoid lip movement for the first few days. Hot and spicy food should be avoided until the sutures have healed.
  • Scarring – depending on the technique used, this procedure can cause visible scarring.
  • Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated area.
  • General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, scarring and infection.
  • Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
  • Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
  • Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright and elevated position. This reduces swelling and avoids tugging / pulling.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
  • Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few days as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
  • Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to avoid infection. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical treatments. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.
  • Makeup – makeup can be used to conceal any prolonged bruising and scars post-recovery.

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