African Americans most often seek lip reduction, rather than lip augmentation. The goals of lip reduction are to deemphasize the prominence of the lips, not to change the ethnicity of a patient. Full, plump lips are desirable and a sign of youth. However, in some cases, lips may be too full. In some patients, this can create embarrassment. Lip reduction is a procedure where a portion of the lip is removed to help the lip look less prominent. With Dr. Shah’s technique, he hides the scar on the inside of the lip, concealing any evidence of a procedure. This procedure is usually done in the office, which makes the procedure surprisingly affordable and the recovery quick.
Does reducing my lips make me look like another ethnicity?
NO. Lip reduction is used to make the facial features appear more balanced. In some patients, overly prominent lips can detract from a patient’s facial features. In others, fuller lips can make a patient more attractive. Dr. Shah works with each patient to help determine if they are a candidate for lip reduction.
Is recovery from this procedure difficult?
No, recovery is often quick. Most patients can return to work in a few days.
Does lip reduction hurt?
After the local anesthesia has been placed, patient’s feel little to no discomfort during the procedure.