Is it Worth it to Have a Lip Reduction?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having a surgical lip reduction. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Lip Reduction: the Procedure and Recovery. For more about the many resources Doctor Review has to offer, you can check out our Facial Plastic Surgery Overview page.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a chance of excessive bleeding during the surgery, which occasionally requires a blood transfusion. Some people react badly to anesthesia. There is a very small risk of death due to any surgery. Although it’s important to be informed, these risks are small in most healthy people; talk with your surgeon to determine your personal risk.
There is also a risk of changes in the sensation of the face, particularly the area around the mouth, such as numbness or pain, if nerves are damaged during surgery; this often resolves within a few months, but may be permanent in some cases.
Additionally, there’s the risk that you won’t be happy with the outcome of your lip reduction. You might feel that the surgeon removed too much or not enough lip tissue for the aesthetic effect you wanted. This risk can be reduced by choosing a surgeon who listens to you carefully and tries to understand your goals. If too much lip tissue is removed, then you may have discomfort or difficulty in speech, sucking, and other activities that involve closing the mouth. This risk, too, is reduced by choosing your surgeon carefully.
People who have very large or thick lips may have some difficulties in the many everyday activities that involve the mouth. This is especially true for those whose lips have been made to be too large by injury or previous surgery, or by repeated injections of dermal fillers into the lips; it’s even more true of those whose lips are not only large, but also misshapen. They may find that it’s more difficult to speak clearly, to eat or to suck through a straw, to kiss, and other similar activities. Additionally, those who are bothered by the aesthetic effect of their large lips often feel poorly about themselves. They may feel unattractive, and may avoid social or professional situations because they don’t want to show their lips. A lip reduction offers such people the chance to stop thinking about their appearance constantly. The procedure can have positive impacts on daily function as well as on confidence.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for a lip reduction is $1,443. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. Keep in mind that surgeons often offer financing options. For more detail, please visit our Lip Reduction Cost page.