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Lip reduction, or cheiloplasty, is a procedure that reduces the size of the lips.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 777 lip reduction procedures performed by board certified surgeons in 2014 in the United States.
Choosing Lip Reduction Surgery
Patients may choose lip reduction surgery if they:
- Want to reverse the effects of previous lip augmentation procedures
- Change the shape and size of naturally large lips
- Balance the proportions of the lips with the rest of the face
Patients should discuss what they want to achieve with their doctors to determine if lip reduction is indicated and the type of surgery that should be selected.
Lip Reduction Surgery
Lip reduction surgery can involve removing fat and tissue from the lip, or removing previous lip implants.
Before the surgery patients will be given local or general anesthesia. The surgeon will make a horizontal incision on the inside of the lip to remove fat and tissue. The surgeon may also remove a strip of the lip skin and close the incision to reduce the amount of exposed lip.
Lip reduction surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower lip. The procedure takes about an hour.
The average recovery time for lip reduction surgery is between 5 and 10 days.
The average cost of lip reduction procedures is between $1,000 and $3,000. Most insurance companies will not cover the costs of lip reduction surgery because it is an elective cosmetic procedure.
Risks of Lip Reduction
- Change in sensation of skin
- Lumps and scar tissue in the lips
- Dissatisfaction with results
Doctors must discuss all material risks with patients before patients agree to surgery. To reduce the risk of complications, patients should get to know the qualifications of their doctor before surgery and should discuss the details of the surgery, including the type of surgery and where the surgery will take place.
Medical Malpractice and Lip Reduction Surgery
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury as the result of your doctor’s negligence during lip reduction surgery, you may be eligible for compensation. Experienced attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian can help you determine if your injury was caused by negligence.
Call our offices today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal options.