Lip Reduction

Lip Reduction, also called Reduction Cheiloplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that enhances facial appearance by reducing the volume of the lower lip, upper lip, or both lips. The lips are modified through lip size reduction but maintain their normal function. Lip Reduction is achieved by removing some of the excess tissue that makes up the lip volume.

This procedure of lip reduction is popular among those with naturally large lips. However, it is also performed for some medical conditions, such as drooling, poor speech, and labial incompetence. Lip reduction can be performed if large lips result in low self-esteem and social anxiety. Lip reduction is often performed along with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as jaw augmentation, chin augmentation, and rhinoplasty.

Plastic surgery for lip reduction has several benefits, such as the removal of excess tissue or substances that cause lip deformity; the enhancement of facial harmony by balancing the upper and lower lips; the rapidity of the procedure, and the lack of visible scarring.

The ideal candidate for lip reduction surgery is a non-smoker; has good health; does not suffer from mental illness; has stable body weight, and has realistic expectations about what to expect from the procedure.

Before your Lip Reduction Surgery

The most important step in preparing for your lip reduction surgery is choosing the right cosmetic surgeon. Once you have chosen your cosmetic surgeon, you should have an initial consultation with her to ensure that you are the right candidate for lip reduction surgery.

At Prettyu, Dr. Suma comes with years of stellar experience in performing lip reduction surgery. She will show you the Before and After photographs of those who have undergone lip reduction surgery with her. Once it is determined that you are the right candidate for lip reduction surgery, she will consult with you individually and holistically, as every potential patient is different in their condition, approach, and expectation.

If you are a good candidate and decide to go ahead with the lip reduction surgery, your doctor will give you some pre-surgery instructions. These may include stopping smoking, discontinuing the use of anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning medications, and other instructions depending on your unique situation.

During your Lip Reduction Surgery

Most lip reduction surgeries take only 30 to 60 minutes to perform and are usually conducted using local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Horizontal incisions are made on the inside of the lip(s) being treated. Unwanted fat tissue or augmentation filler is removed and the incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.

Some patients may have other plastic surgery procedures, such as chin implant, eyelid surgery, and so on done at the same time as the lip reduction surgery. If this is the case, your cosmetic surgeon may use general anesthesia.

Precautions and Procedures before and after Lip Reduction Surgery

Apart from stopping certain medications, and avoiding smoking, you should follow all of the instructions given to you by your cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Sandhyala, one of the best lip reduction surgeons, will explain the different precautions and procedures to be followed before and after lip reduction surgery.

Most patients heal from lip reduction surgery for lip fat removal within 1 to 3 weeks. There is very little reported downtime and most people can go back to work the day after the procedure. Most People experience mild pain and swelling that peaks within 3 to 4 days of the surgery.

While there are very little pain and discomfort post-surgery, there is significant swelling. Patients should eat light and soft foods, such as soup and pasta right after surgery. However, after the first couple of days, there are no food restrictions.

You should stay well-hydrated post-surgery and should keep a natural lip moisturizer at hand while healing from lip reduction surgery. The dissolvable sutures will degrade completely within 7 to 15 days. You should avoid contact sports, heavy lifting, and other strenuous physical activities for about 2 weeks after surgery.

Lip Reduction Surgery Result

Most patients notice a significant improvement within 2 to 4 weeks. Most of the postoperative swelling is gone within 6 weeks, but 100% of the swelling is gone after 6 months, thereby achieving the final result.

Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon for your lip reduction surgery is imperative. Dr. Suma is a leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon. She comes with stellar credentials and communication skills. She works individually with each patient to determine what works best for you!

She will work with you to give you the lips you want through lip reduction surgery. Right from the initial consultation to post-surgery, Dr. Sandhyala has your best interests at heart. She brings a great deal of empathy to the table and this helps her patients approach the surgical procedure with confidence in both her skill and her approach.

To know more about Lip Reduction as well as the other cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures that Dr. S. Suma performs, you can get in touch with her at +91 86 86 042 042,  or email her at

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