Patients sometimes feel that their lips are not in aesthetic harmony with the rest of their facial features. These patients may seek lip reduction surgery alone or in combination with other aesthetic enhancements or treatment for aging changes. Lip reduction is a delicate procedure which removes small amounts of the lip tissue in the upper and/or lower lips, and results in a reshaping of the lip tissue.
As a face specialist, Dr. Ransom understands the important role that the lips play in facial aesthetics. In addition, he knows that the size, shape, and proportion of the lips has an intimate relationship with patients’ identities. Dr. Ransom works closely with all his patients to make sure that their result meets their expectations, and is sensitive to each patients’ unique desires. During your confidential consultation, Dr. Ransom will discuss with you the details of lip reduction and your vision.
Who is a candidate?
Anyone who is interested in reducing the size of the lips is a candidate for lip reduction. Dr. Ransom will work closely with you to help identify the exact areas of your lips that you feel need improvement. The only contraindications for a lip reduction procedure are active infection (including “cold sores”), or inflammatory and autoimmne conditions that cause blistering or open sores in the mouth or lips. These require adequate treatment before the procedure can be performed. Dr. Ransom is happy to discuss details of the procedure during your confidential consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will lip reduction change the way my mouth moves or affect the way I speak?
A: No. Lip reduction does not affect the nerves or muscle of the mouth. Immediately following the procedure there will be a mild amount of swelling and soreness. This is temporary and generally resolves within a few days. Sutures are in place for five to seven days, before being removed y Dr. Ransom. As your healing progresses, your lips will move normally and naturally.
Q: Is it possible to change the size of the upper only, or the lower only?
A: Yes. Dr. Ransom will work closely with you to determine the exact treatment plan that will best help you reach your aesthetic goals. It is common to treat only one lip, either the upper or the lower. Dr. Ransom is a face specialist and understands that everyone’s face is different. He will gladly go over the details of the procedure and your specific questions during your confidential consultation.
Q: Are the incisions visible? How long does it take to heal?
A: Dr. Ransom hides the incisions in the soft lip tissues and uses the smallest sutures possible in repairing the lips. The result, after healing, is virtually invisible incisions. The lips typically heal very quickly, and most patients are fully healed between one and two weeks. Attentive postoperative care makes the healing even faster.
Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.