Lip Reduction Cheiloplasty: The Solution to Overly Large Lips

Lip reduction cheiloplasty focuses on reducing lip volume through the removal of tissue.

Many people who have unusually large lips feel unhappy with how they look. Very large lips might not just look aesthetically unappealing but could also interfere with normal activities such as talking, smiling, and eating. There could be a number of different reasons for an individual to have large lips, e.g. congenital reasons or permanent filler injections.

Whatever the reason behind the large size of your lips, there is a treatment for reducing it. It’s called lip reduction cheiloplasty. This is a lip-reduction surgery aimed at creating a natural harmony between your lower and upper lips while also maintaining or achieving normal lip functionality.

Am I a Candidate for Lip Reduction Cheiloplasty?

Generally, if you are dissatisfied with the excess volume of your lips, you may be an excellent candidate for this procedure.

After the removal of the tissue strip, the surgeon closes up the incision with sutures. The entire procedure only takes about 45 minutes.

When the lips are gently parted in a regular lip profile, the lower lip protrudes a little less than the upper lip. When there is an extra protrusion of the lower lip, then the lip structure appears to be disproportionately large. If that is the case with your lip structure, then you might be a suitable candidate for lip reduction cheiloplasty.

Lip Reduction Cheiloplasty: The Procedure

Lip reduction cheiloplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses on reducing lip volume through the removal of lip tissue. This procedure is very straightforward.

Before cosmetic surgery, the facial plastic surgeon usually makes a colored marking on both lips to understand how the contouring needs to be done. How much excision needs to be done is usually decided by the surgeon after observing the lips of the patient in a particular position.

The patient is given local anesthesia (IV sedation) to numb the region. The facial plastic surgeon then makes an incision on the inside of the lip and removes a tissue strip from either one or both lips as per the specific requirements of the patient.

After the removal of the tissue strip, the surgeon closes up the incision with sutures. The entire lip reduction procedure only takes about 45 minutes.

Cheiloplasty is a facial surgery designed to reduce the size and volume of overly large lips by removing tissue from the inner area of the lips
Cheiloplasty typically takes about 45 minutes and can be done with local anesthesia

Types of Cheiloplasty

There are three types:

Lip Augmentation cheiloplasty

This cheiloplasty surgery is carried out on thin lips or lips that have lost their volume due to facial aging. It may be done using three techniques:

  • One cheiloplasty surgical technique involves using fats from the buccal fat pads or cheek fat deposits.
  • Injectable fillers, such as hyaluronic acid or smooth calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres, can hydrate and rejuvenate the lips, with results typically lasting for about 9-12 months.
  • Alloderm, a type of lip implant, is composed of acellular human cadaveric dermis.This procedure is a permanent treatment. These procedures offer excellent results. The lips acquire a natural, young, healthy, and fresh appearance.

Reduction cheiloplasty

This type of cheiloplasty surgery is designed for individuals with overdeveloped lips that do not complement their other facial features and is not commonly performed.

Corrective cheiloplasty

Cheiloplasty lip surgery is a viable treatment option for individuals who have experienced lip alterations as a result of factors such as tumors, trauma, burns, or lesions, as well as for those with congenital lip alterations such as harelip.

Cheiloplasty Considerations

Cheiloplasty may be performed on the upper, lower, or both lips, but it is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. There are some considerations with lip surgery:

  • Cheiloplasty lip surgery involves both surgical technique and considerations of art and aesthetics.
  • The ideal size of lips cannot be determined through absolute measurements, as it should be proportionate with the rest of the individual’s facial features such as their nose, chin, and jawline.
  • When considering reductions, it’s important to take into account a person’s ethnicity and facial features to maintain balance.
  • During the procedure, incisions are made inside the lip to avoid any visible scarring.

Recovery After Lip Reduction Cheiloplasty

After the lip reduction cheiloplasty procedure, your lips might remain swollen for a couple of days. In the period of healing, it is recommended that patients eat soft foods. A lot of the swelling will reduce in just a few days or a week. The typical time reported for complete healing is two weeks.

Patients might consider taking off from work for two to five days. Your surgeon may prescribe certain medications for pain and swelling after the lip surgery for a rapid recovery.

Lips are undeniably the most eye-catching feature on the lower half of your face and can play a significant role in adding to your overall attractiveness. A good smile is something that can instantly make you look more beautiful. If you are self-conscious about your lips size, it might be good to consult your surgeon for lip reduction cheiloplasty.

What are the risks of Lip Reduction Cheiloplasty?

  • Overcorrection of the lip
  • Under correction of the lip
  • Poor wound healing
  • Haematoma
  • Skin Infection
  • Irregular healing of Scars

Find Out More During a Consultation

In order to know whether this surgery will be able to offer the results that you desire, it is best to consult an experienced and knowledgeable facial plastic surgeon.

Dr. Anthony Bared, a highly skilled double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, will answer any questions you may have during a consultation. To arrange an appointment, contact us today.