Lip Reduction Tampa

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Almost everyone has heard about lip augmentation, but lip reduction can be equally beneficial for men and women with overly large lips. This procedure can also be used to correct overly plumped lips resulting from a previous lip augmentation procedure.

What is Lip Reduction? 

Lip reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the lips to create balance and better symmetry in the lower face. Reducing the size of the lips can have aesthetic and health benefits. People with overly large lips might have difficulty speaking, eating, or playing certain instruments like the flute or clarinet. Depending on your unique needs, both the upper and lower lips or just the upper lip can be reduced.


Who is a Candidate for a Lip Reduction? 

Anyone who is in good health and bothered by the overly large size of their lips can benefit from lip reduction surgery. Large lips are especially common among patients of African American and Asian backgrounds, but we have assisted patients of all ethnicities with lip reduction procedures. Whether you want to correct the results of a lip augmentation procedure or reduce the size of your naturally large lips, we can help.

How is a Lip Reduction Performed?

If your overly large lips are the result of lip fillers, they can be dissolved with a hyaluronidase injection. Sometimes this is enough to achieve the desired results. 

For patients who require their lips to be physically reduced, minimally invasive surgery can be performed under local anesthesia, meaning you are awake for the procedure. Incisions will be made inside the lips to prevent visible scarring and then small amounts of tissues and/or fat will be removed to shrink the lips. The remaining skin and tissues will be carefully repositioned and sculpted to ensure a natural-looking shape that matches your individual preferences.

What is Recovery from Lip Reduction Like? 

After lip reduction surgery, there is minimal downtime and recovery period. Mild swelling and bruising are common but should improve significantly within one week. While most patients can return to work and light activities 1-2 days after their procedure, we recommend that you avoid strenuous activities for about three weeks. A liquid or soft diet can also be used to reduce discomfort and prevent straining along the incision lines. Sutures will be removed in our office about 5-7 days after your procedure.


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We are pleased to offer innovative cosmetic procedures that consider each patient’s concerns and desired aesthetic. To learn more about lip reduction in the Tampa area, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Gargya and Dr. Shienbaum.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for lip lift?

This is broadly broken into 2 categories. The first is patients whose distance from the nasal base to upper lip is elongated. For these patients, the lip lift is a home run with dramatic, long lasting results. The face is harmonized and patients are astounded as how much better it makes them look.nThe other category is patients who are tired of going through the process of getting lip filler injections in their upper lip. The lip lift is essentially a permanent lip filler. The procedure is done awake and takes around 1 hour to perform

What is recovery from a lip lift surgery like?

You will have some swelling, for which ice packs are recommended. You will be given an ointment to apply on the incision line. External sutures are placed which are removed 5-7 days after surgery. Some patients prefer to stick to a liquid diet immediately after surgery, as excessive chewing can cause tension on the incision

Do I need anesthesia for lip lift surgery?

I perform lip lift surgery in awake patients. If the patient desires, 10mg to 20mg oral valium is given prior to surgery. Local anesthesia is placed along the incision. Many of my patients fall asleep during the procedure, that is how pain free and relaxed they feel

What is a lip lift?

A lip lift is a precise, artistic procedure where a small amount of skin and soft tissue below the base of the nose is removed in order to make the face look harmonized and prettier

Should I be worried about a lip lift scar?

The truth about scars is, the more tension the skin closure is under, the worse the scar will be. The key to a great lip lift scar is surgical technique. My incision is designed to hide in the crevices and valleys of the nasal base. The closure is such that the incision is kissing closed before any external sutures. A great liplift surgery requires a lot of technical finesse, artistry and surgical skill. I find my history of performing many cleft lip surgeries has made me particularly adept at this surgery

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