As the most expressive organ of the human body, the lips are the most obvious feature on a face. They are also one of the most important organs of the human body as they’re the gates for food entry (and sometimes exit), an instrument for conversations verbally or non-verbal, tactile sensory organ and en erogenous zone.
Lips are made of skin, muscle and mucosa (mucus membrane) without any bones and infrastructure. Hence, the lips are mostly flexible and shapeable. The upper lip has a vermillion border (coloured bordor between the lips and the surrounding skin) that only exists on human lips. The lower lip is also usually somewhat bigger than the upper lip. Rounding up the whole shape of the lips is the Cupid’s bow on the upper lip and the stretch of skin between the upper lip to the nose (ergotrid) that gives the characteristic appearance.
How to make the lips proportionate?
Although lip enhancements to make the lips bigger and bolder are becoming a common procedure, there are people who have a problem with their lips being too big. It can cause an individual to feel self-conscious about their looks.
Lip reduction procedure is done to reduce the lining and volume of the lips. Reduction can be done partially, meaning only the sides or the middle of the lips or it can also be done wholesomely, meaning reducing the whole length of the lips too.
About the procedure: The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. An incision is made on the inside of the lip. Excess fats and tissues are then removed and then closed of the incision with stitches.
The procedure can be done for both the upper and lower lip, considering the balance in appearance of the lips to the overall face. Scarring would occur but the plastic surgeon will pick the most strategic position to hide the scars as much as possible. Depending on the severity and complexity of the case, the procedure takes about an hour to complete.
Risk and recovery of lip reduction procedure. Pain, swelling and bruising would occur, as of every surgical procedure. These effects will dissipate within days after the surgery and medications will be provided.
Best and full recovery for the lip surgery should be seen by two to three months after the surgery. In the meantime, light make up and non-aggressive care products should be used moderately on the lips.