Lip Reduction (Cheiloplasty)

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Understanding Cheiloplasty is the medical term of reducing the size of the lips. This procedure requires the removal of excess tissues from the lip area, usually performed under local anesthesia through an oral sedation. LEARN MORE

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Understanding Lip Reduction (Cheiloplasty)

Cheiloplasty is the medical term of reducing the size of the lips. This procedure requires the removal of excess tissues from the lip area, usually performed under local anesthesia through an oral sedation.

 

Incisions will be made inside the mouth to reduce the risk of visible scarring. After the removal of excess tissues, incisions will be closed using small sutures that are dissolvable.

The goal of this procedure is to reduce the appearance of large prominent lips, especially those which interfere with eating, talking and dental health. This promotes balance between the upper and lower lip and provides harmony with the rest of the facial features.

Risks of Lip Reduction (Cheiloplasty)

The most common side effect of lip reduction procedure is swelling. It may last for several days but usually fades gradually over the following weeks. Bruising may also occur as well as anesthetic risks, excessive bleeding and loss of sensation in the area being treated. Additional risks are as follows:

-       Asymmetry of the lips

-       Temporary numbness

-       Lumps and excess scar tissues in lips

-       Unsatisfactory results

 

To reduce the risks of having the above effects, it is important that the patient must consult to a board certified plastic surgeon and follow the pre and post operative instructions. 

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