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When it comes to facial features, proportionality and symmetry are crucial for overall harmony and aesthetics. However, some individuals have disproportionately large lips naturally or due to previous augmentations. If you’re concerned about your lip size, you can opt for a lip reduction to achieve subtler and more natural lips that conform to your overall facial symmetry.

Dr. Christopher C. Chang is an exceptionally talented plastic surgeon in Washington DC with a keen understanding of facial anatomy and symmetry. He has performed numerous lip reduction surgeries to help patients achieve the desired cosmetic appearance. Dr. Chang uses the latest cosmetic techniques to provide natural results that adhere to your unique goals.


What is a lip reduction?

A lip reduction, also known as a reduction cheiloplasty, is a surgical procedure that restores the optimal proportions between the upper and lower lips. The primary goal of a lip reduction is to provide a shape, size, and contour that adheres to your overall facial features. The procedure generally involves removing excess lip tissues as elliptical strips or different shapes to restore natural proportions.

While a lip reduction is often performed for cosmetic purposes, it can also treat medical pathologies. Overly large lips often lead to poor speech, drooling, and other problems, which you can address with a lip reduction. The procedure can also remove implants, silicone, fat transfers, and other forms of previous augmentations to restore subtle and natural-looking contours.

What are the benefits of a lip reduction?

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Facial fat transfer is performed in a simple, 3-step process:

  • Removes excess lip tissues and products to restore natural shape
  • Improves overall facial harmony and proportionality
  • Restores optimal proportions between the upper and lower lips
  • Performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure
  • Concludes within an hour
  • Minimal downtime and recovery period
  • No visible scars because the incision marks are concealed in the natural skin folds
  • Can address medical concerns and improve functionality
  • Improve overall confidence and self-esteem

Who is a good candidate for a lip reduction?

Lip reduction is the ideal procedure for anyone who wants to permanently reduce their lip size to achieve optimal proportions. You’re a suitable candidate for a lip reduction if you have naturally large lips, previous augmentations, or medical abnormalities that affect functionality. However, you should be in generally good mental and physical health, have stable body weight, and be a nonsmoker (or willing to quit before and after the procedure).

How is a lip reduction procedure performed?

Your lip reduction procedure will start with a personal consultation with Dr. Chang. He’ll carefully examine your lip contours, review your medical history, and discuss your cosmetic goals and expectations to determine if you’re a suitable candidate, and, if so, then curate the ideal treatment plan. He’ll also provide detailed instructions on what you should or shouldn’t do before the procedure, such as avoiding smoking, alcohol, and blood-thinning medications.

Lip reduction is an in-office and outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. The surgeon makes horizontal incisions on the insides of the lips being reduced. He removes the excess fat tissues and previous augmentations via the incisions and applies sutures to close the incisions. The procedure concludes within 30 to 60 minutes, following which you can have someone drive you back home for recovery.

What’s the recovery from a lip reduction like?

The lip reduction involves minimal downtime, with most patients returning to work the day after the procedure. However, you’ll experience mild swelling and pain in your lips for 3 to 4 days, manageable with the prescribed medications. You’ll need to stay well-hydrated, apply lip moisturizers, and follow the surgeon’s recommendations accurately to ensure a smooth recovery. Your lips will heal completely in 1 to 3 weeks.

If you’re interested in lip reduction, please schedule a consultation with one of the best facial plastic surgeons in Washington DC & Maryland today.

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