Lip augmentation or lip reduction are procedures designed to proportionally balance the lips with the rest of the features of the face and enhance your appearance.
Lips that are out of sync with the rest of a person’s facial features can cause the individual to lose confidence in their appearance, have lower self-esteem, or even become the subject of unwanted attention. The fact is, the lips play a significant role in balancing the features of the face. While aging can cause lips to thin and lose volume, genetics can cause a person’s lips to be overly large and even inhibit activities such as talking and eating. Lip augmentation and lip reduction are two procedures Dr. Matthew White can use to restore balance to the face and create a more youthful appearance.
To schedule a consultation and discuss how lip augmentation or lip reduction can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, please contact our practice today.
Lip Augmentation & Reduction Benefits
Lip augmentation and lip reduction help create harmony among all the patient’s facial features. The benefits of lip augmentation and lip reduction include:
- Reviving thin lips to a more youthful state
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth
- Lifting drooping corners of the mouth
- Reducing protruding lips
- Aesthetically repairing damage or defects due to injury or genetics
Any patient who is unsatisfied with the way his or her lips look in proportion with the rest of the face is a potential candidate for lip augmentation or reduction. Ideal candidates for the procedure will be in good health and have realistic expectations in regard to the results each procedure can achieve. Many lip augmentation patients seek to restore a more youthful appearance, or simply to enhance the contour of their lips for a fuller result. Some patients elect to have the procedure performed in combination with a mini-facelift or a neck lift to achieve even more comprehensive results.
Lip reduction candidates can be broken down into four main categories:
- Patients with thick lips caused by genetics
- Patients who wish to revise a previous lip augmentation
- Patients born with congenital defects such as cleft lip
- Patients who suffered an injury and are left with excess tissues from the healing process
Our experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew White, will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your needs and goals. He will answer all your questions and help you determine the treatment options that are able to meet your expectations.
Lip Augmentation Procedure
There are many treatment options for patients seeking lip augmentation. Treatments utilize injectable fillers, such as Juvéderm®, to provide lip enhancement that can last from 6-12 months, and are performed as in-office procedures that take 30-60 minutes to complete. Other lip augmentation options include hyaluronic acid-based injectables such as Restylane®, or fat injections that can provide a very long-lasting result. During the consultation process, Dr. White will discuss which injectable filler will meet your aesthetic goals. Although the procedure uses very thin needles with pre-measured doses administered to the target areas, a topical anesthetic is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible. The solution is injected very carefully and delicately to rejuvenate lip contours with balanced results.
Lip Reduction Procedure
Lip reduction is performed under a local anesthetic and the procedure typically lasts 1-2 hours depending upon the treatment plan. Lip size is reduced through a technique that removes a small amount of tissue from the underside of the lip. The incision required by the procedure is not visible after swelling has resolved and any scarring is hidden on the inside of the mouth.
The Recovery Process
Recovery from lip augmentation is very minimal. While patients typically experience minor bruising, swelling, or discomfort, these symptoms usually resolve quickly and most patients return to their normal activities after a few days. During the consultation process, Dr. White will be able to provide a more individualized timeframe for recovery.
Lip reduction patients should remain patient for the first few weeks while waiting for the swelling to decrease before they are able to see the full extent of the final results. Icing the lips in the first few days after the procedure can help reduce swelling. Patients who are experiencing any physical discomfort can often manage any pain by keeping the head elevated, getting plenty of rest, and using oral pain medications. Most lip reduction patients return to work after 2-3 days. During this initial part of the healing process, it is important that patients modify their diet to soft foods.
Contact Dr. Matthew White
To learn more about how lip augmentation or reduction treatments can help restore balance and harmony to the face, as well as rejuvenate your appearance, please contact our practice today.