Lip Reshaping / Lip Reduction / Lip Augmentation
in Bangkok, Thailand
1. Upper and lower lip Reduction
2. Upper Lip lift (Upper lip lift shortening)
3. Lip augmentation
|Figure 1: Proportion of the Lips||Figure 2: Anatomy of the Lips|
Despite general differences in men's and women’s lips, it is possible to transform masculine lips to look more feminine. Men usually have thin lips with a lower positioned upper lip that covers the line of teeth. Women have slightly puckered, fuller lips with a higher positioned upper lip that reveals the line of teeth. For your consideration, our specialized surgeons offer the following lip modification procedures:
1. Upper and lower lip reduction
Figure 3: Incision for upper and lower lip reduction
Figure 4: Result of lip reduction
Lip reduction surgery is a procedure for patients who have naturally large lips. The lip reduction procedure is performed under local anesthesia on out-patients or under general anesthesia if lip reduction is part of multiple procedures to perform. The surgeon creates a horizontal incision on the inside of the lips, then removes excess fat and tissue from the lips before closing the incision with stitches. The lip reduction procedure can be performed on upper and lower lips to improve the balance and appearance.
Lip reduction risks:
The side effect of lip reduction includes pain, swelling, bruises, and redness at the treatment area. The serious risk for patients that have lip reduction surgery is infection an allergic reaction to the anesthesia.
Lip reduction recovery:
The days following the surgery, patients should take pain medication and put an ice bag on the lips to decrease pain and swelling. The patient can usually return to work within a week of surgery. The best results are seen at about two to three months after surgery.
2. Upper lip lift (Upper lip lift shortening):
The upper lip lift procedure is for patients who feel that their upper lip is excessively elongated. Normally, the ideal length of the upper lip to the columella of the nose is between 12-15 mm. If the length is significantly longer, patients can take advantage of the upper lip lift or the lip shortening procedure. There are two types of upper lip lift surgery
2.1. An incision is made along the lower edge of the nose. The excess amount of skin is removed, and the upper lip is lifted by suturing the cut edges together. It is very important to close the incision in layers. As a result, the upper lip is pulled upward.
Figure 5: Positioning of the upper lip lift incision and scar along the lower edge of the nose
2.2. An incision is made along the vermilion border of the lips. A segment of skin is removed from just above the vermilion border, then sutured closed very carefully. Therefore, the upper lip is effectively pulled upward and shortened. The scar from this incision could be quite visible.
Figure 6: Positioning of the upper lip lift incision and scar along the vermilion border of the lip
Lip Lifting Surgery:
This procedure will raise the upper lip, creating a slight puckering effect. Where the incision is made along the lower edge of the nose, the scar is difficult to detect since it is along the natural crease line. The surgery takes about 45 minutes with the use of local anesthesia. The patient may leave immediately after the surgery.
3. Lip augmentation
3.1 Plumping Injection
Injection of collagen or hyaluronic acid is more popular because of the considerably longer lasting results and much less swelling. The use of fat graft, involving injecting fat into the lips, is not very popular because the fat is absorbable and will disintegrate within 3-6 months. There is also considerable swelling immediately after the injection.
Figure 7: Lips Injection by Fillers
3.2 Lips augmentation by Alloderm:
Alloderm for lip enhancement is a good option. It is inserted into the lips via a tunnel allowing for the enhancement, much like a lattice structure that lets vines grow in your garden. It is a piece of skin that has been stripped of its living cells; all that is left is a soft collagen structure. The collagen structure is inserted into the lips where it allows the patient's own cells to attach and grow.
Figure 8: Alloderm Sheet:
Figure 9: Positioning of the incision and scar for lip augmentation by Alloderm