Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Reduction Surgery - Reduction Cheiloplasty
1. What is Lip
2. When can Lip Reduction be performed?
3. What does a typical Lip Reduction consultation entail?
4. How is Lip Reduction performed?
5. What should I expect post-operatively?
6. When will the stitches be removed and does this hurt?
7. When will I be able to see the results?
8. What are the risks of Lip Reduction?
9. What is Arnica montana, I have heard that it reduces
swelling and bruising? Which is the best kind to take?
10. Are the results permanent?
1. What is Lip
Lip Reduction is the surgery to
reduce the appearance of larger or fuller than desirable lips. Although a simple
surgery this surgery can make the biggest difference to a patient who dislikes
or is insecure regarding very full lips.
2. When can Lip
Reduction be performed?
This procedure is usually
performed during the mid to late teens on up to any age the patient feels that
he or she would like to reduce the lips.
3. What does a typical
Lip Reduction consultation entail?
You will consult with several
surgeons to choose one to carry out your procedure. You should view before and
after photos, discuss the surgery and what it entails, fully go over the risks
and complications and ascertain that you and he/she are in agreement on what
looks good. Or at least make sure he or she understands what it is YOU want
You will also go over your
medical history to determine if you are even a good candidate and after you have
decided whether or not to choose which surgery you will schedule a pre-operative
appointment with that surgeon to further discuss any particulars or desires.
4. How is Lip
After you have been sedated or
anesthetized your surgeon will remove a sliver or larger section of tissue from
the inside of your lip and suture it with either dissolvable or non-dissolvable
type sutures. It is a fairly simple operation but does have its risks and
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5. What should
I expect post-operatively?
Definitively expect swelling. This
operation does involve moderate to severe swelling and moderate soreness. You
may feel numb for a while as well and find that drinking and eating may be
difficult. This will pass. Discuss with your surgeons what post surgical
protocol he recommends.
6. When will the
stitches be removed and does this hurt?
The sutures are usually removed at
day 7-10 if they are non-dissolvable and it may sting a little bit. You can have
a shot of anesthetic but it usually hurts more to receive the shot that to have
the sutures removed. Just alert your surgeon if he is hurting you.
7. When will I be
able to see the results?
Although your swelling should abate
within 2 weeks the final result may not be seen until approximately 3-4 months
postoperatively. patience is a definite virtue in plastic surgery.
8. What are the risks of
Allergic reactions to the anesthetic
are possible, hematoma, seroma, numbness, change in your smile and asymmetry are
possible. not to mention the possibility of general dissatisfaction. be sure to
go over your desires with your surgeon preoperatively.
also known as:
Mountain Tobacco, Leopard's Bane,
parts used: Roots and flowers
description: Arnica montana or Leopard's Bane is a perennial herb,
growing close to the ground. The leaves form a flat rosette, from the center of
which rises a flower stalk, 1 to 2 feet high, bearing orange-yellow flowers. The
rhizome is dark brown, cylindrical, usually curved, and bears brittle wiry
rootlets on the under surface.
habitat: Indigenous to Central Europe, in woods and mountain pastures,
although it has been found in England and Southern Scotland.
special notes: this herb should NEVER be taken in raw form. This plant,
like many medicinal plants if ingested, can cause intestinal bleeding and
sickness. Homeopathy is the medicinal use of tinctures and suspensions using
herbs and other plants and should never be consumed without proper preparation.
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Are the results permanent?
The results are permanent so be sure
that this is what you want before committing. Although lip augmentation is in
fact a far more common and popular procedure than lip reduction, if you
should ever change your mind after your procedure you may be interested in
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