Procedure Cosmetic plastic surgery to the facial lips is also called cheiloplasty
Lips can be made more or less full (=lip augmentation or lip reduction), lifted or reshaped.
Hyaluronic acid–based fillers are used for temporary lip augmentation. The effect lasts for 6–18 months. Autologous (=own body) fat transfer is a more permanent solution.
Long upper lips can be shortened, using an incision under the nose (also called “subnasal bullhorn” lift).
A more defined Cupid’s bow can be achieved with an incision along the upper vermillion border (“Gullwing” lip lift / direct lip lift).
The wounds are repaired with sutures under the skin which don’t require removal and dissolve within four months.
Scars Lift: under nose
Cupid’s bow: between lip and skin
Reduction: Inner lips
Operation time 1 hour
Anaesthesia Local
Hospital Stay Day Surgery
Benefits Cosmetic, Psychological
Risks Bleeding, Infection, Scar problems (thick, wide, red, abnormally pigmented, retracted), Skin discoloration, Wound separation, Pain, Discomfort, Numbness, Weakness, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Asymmetry, Recurrent problem, Distortion Cosmetic Imperfections, Changes over time, Functional problems, Drooling, Contour irregularities, Need for further treatment, Fat or filler injection: necrosis, blindness, Allergic reactions
N.B. Most complications are unlikely and serious risks are rare
Risk factors Smoking within 6 weeks of surgery, overweight, high blood pressure, bleeding tendency, diabetes, hot and chewy food can lead to unintended bite or burns injuries
Optimising factors Diet rich in Vitamin C and protein, plenty of fluids, fresh air, scar massage, sun protection
Discomfort 1 – 2 weeks
Bruising 2 – 3 weeks
Recovery Light activities 2 weeks, Driving 3 weeks, Physical work & sports 6 weeks
Acceptable appearance 2 – 4 weeks for most patients (This is subjective)
Final result 6 –18 months
Alternatives No Treatment, Make–up

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