Lip Augmentation and Reduction
Thick or fat lips can be a cause of concern for a few. These can be affectively corrected with a simple operation. They can be reduced in size by removing some lip tissue from inside the mouth to achieve good looking lips.
What is lip reduction?
Lip reduction is a surgical procedure to decrease the thickness of lips.
How long this surgery takes?
The surgery is done under local anaesthesia and lasts for around 45 minutes.
Do I need to stay in the hospital?
This is a day care procedure and patient can go home within an hour of surgery.
Can it be done on both the lips?
This surgery can be performed on both the lips in the same sitting. This procedure can also be combined with other facial surgeries.
What are the possible complications?
The downsides of the surgery are that the lip may have swelling for around 2-3 weeks and one may experience altered sensation for 2-3 weeks. Once the swelling is gone the results are often gratifying.
Other minor complications are infection, bleeding but fortunately are very rare.
Very thin lips can be made bolder with a minor surgical procedure. A variety of materials are available for enlargement of the lips to achieve a fuller, more youthful look.
What is lip augmentation?
It is a surgical procedure by which lips are made broader.
How is it done?
Various materials are available for this and can be taken from the patient’s own body like fat and/or fascia or are commercially available (synthetic materials like Gortex and Alloderm). Both these are safe procedures.
What are advantages and disadvantages of these materials?
Each material has some limitations. Injected fat, collagen, and fascia may not have perfect acceptance (only 70% of injected material stays back). This can be partly addressed by overcorrection. Alloderm, is now routinely used for augmentation over face. It has higher resorption rates than fat (50%).
Synthetic Gortex implant last longer as long as the patient is willing to accept some of the potential inherent problems of this implant like slightly higher rates of infection.
How long will the surgery last and do I need hospital stay?
There is no downtime for this surgery. The patient can walk in, get the procedure done under local anaesthesia and can be back to his or her routine the same day.
Minimal swelling and discomfort is taken care of with oral medicines.