You may have heard about lip augmentation surgery, a procedure that’s commonly done to make your lips fuller. Less commonly discussed is reduction surgery — this is done to decrease the volume in your lips. While not as prevalent, lip reduction surgery is useful if you want smaller lips, or if you don’t care for the results from a previous augmentation.
Surgery is much different from a dermatological procedure, and there are also more risks, including infection and scarring.
Lip reduction surgery side effects
The lips are among the most sensitive parts of your body, so it’s important to work with an experienced surgeon to minimize your risk of side effects.
At the very least, you should expect redness, swelling, and slight pain within the first few days after your surgery. Bruising is also possible.
Less commonly, lip reduction surgery may cause:
- Severe swelling.
- Allergic reaction (to the anesthesia)