What is a Lip reduction?
Lip reduction surgery involves reducing the size and projection of the lip, typically the lower lip. There are many reasons why someone would need or want to reduce the size of the lower lip, including cosmetic or aesthetic appearance, and to improve use of the lips.
Who is a good candidate for lip reduction?
Patients who suffer from having an enlarged lip and feel self-conscious may struggle with communicating in public and suffer from a low self-esteem. Patients like this may benefit from a lip reduction in their social life, and in day to day functionality.
A common reason why a person may have a larger lower lip is vascular malformations. These malformations cause abnormal enlargement of the lower lip. Scarring may be present on the lip as well. Typically the lower lip should be only slightly larger than the upper lip. If the lower lip is too large, it can sometimes take away from other facial features, and it can cause the patient to feel self-conscious.
What to expect with a lip reduction surgery:
Dr. Payne will delicately make small incisions for the lower lip reduction in the red portion of the lip called the vermilion which is hidden. Sometimes a vertical incision is necessary if the lip is quite large. This incision can extend to just above the chin area.
Will the scar be permanent?
Yes there will be some scarring but these types of scars heal really well and are easily hidden.
What does recovery look like?
Recovery after the surgery is typically about 2 weeks with pain resolving in about 4-5 days. Swelling could take up to 6-8 weeks to resolve completely. Risks involved include numbness and scarring.
To find out more about lip reduction surgery please give us a call in our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Payne.
How much will a lip reduction cost?
Each individual is unique, so price depends on a person’s needs, and their unique lip shape. A lip reduction can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. Give us a call so we can discuss your specific needs and address your concerns.