Bigger is not Always Better
By Dr. Kenneth Dickie
Jun 4, 2008 - 12:47:33 AM
Not all of us may want larger, fuller lips.
Many people believe that their lips are too big, and want them reduced.
Many younger patients are often plagued by insecurities brought on by having larger than average lips and are sometimes teased by their classmates.
Younger patients should wait until their mid to late teens to have their lip size reduced, due to maturing of the facial features.
Lip reduction, also called reduction cheiloplasty, is the procedure to remove excess lip tissue to reduce the appearance of overly large lips.
The procedure can be performed under local and or regional anaesthesia, although some surgeons may choose to perform it under light sleep anaesthesia.
The procedure takes only about 30 minutes and takes about two weeks to heal.
This procedure is not incredibly invasive, but for such a small procedure it truly can make a big difference!
An excellent candidate for lip reduction surgery would be an individual in good health, not having any active diseases or pre-existing medical conditions and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of their surgery. If you find that your lips are large and may interfere in speaking or you don’t like them in general, you may wish to consider this procedure.
After surgery, you will notice that your lips look even more swollen in the first three days.
There may be bruising, but this will go away, as well.
You will more than likely experience some discomfort for several weeks; having had intra-oral incisions your diet may be restricted.
Your swelling will subside within a few weeks, although usually the end result will be seen at three months. You may notice a change in your smile, odd sensations of hollowness, tingling, sporadic sharp pain, or pulling, burning, and cold sensations.
These usually subside within the first few weeks.
Unfortunately all surgeries have risks and complications.
There is the possibility of dissatisfaction with the end result.
There is the chance of asymmetry, potential haematoma, seroma and infection (although the risks of these occurring are small).
Numbness is possible, but it usually subsides within the first few weeks.
Excess scar tissue and lumps are possible as well, but are usually rare.
Dr. Kenneth Dickie is certified by the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada in Plastic Surgery.
He specializes in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery as well as Plastic, Reconstructive, and Hand Surgery.
Dr. Dickie has been in clinical practice since 1984, and is currently a member of the Canadian and American Societies of Plastic Surgery, and the Canadian and American Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. E-mail us at
For a consultation, please contact the Bahamas Institute of Plastic Surgery at (242) 351-1234 or toll-free 1(242)300-1235.
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