Lip shaping surgery is done to alter the appearance and size of lips. It may be performed alone or in combination with other facial plastic surgeries such as facelift, rhinoplasty, chin augmentation or jaw augmentation. Lip contouring employs both lip reduction and lip augmentation technique depending on patient’s requirement. Let us learn about both the methods in detail.

  • 1.) Lip reduction – Lip reduction or reduction cheiloplasty is a cosmetic surgery to reduce the size of protruding or abnormally large lips.
  • 2.) Lip augmentation- Lip augmentation is the procedure that will make your lips sensual, fuller and bigger.

Under the lip, a small incision is made inside the mouth to insert lip implant. A small tunnel is made through the lips horizontally. Lip Implant is inserted near the corner on one side of your lip and passed horizontally to the other side through the entire length of the lip. To pull the implant into position a unique tool is used. Once the lip implant is inserted, a tiny self-dissolving suture is applied. Mostly implant is inserted in both the lips at the same time. The procedure is carried out using local anesthesia. The whole process takes an hour to complete.

Preparation for lip enhancement will depend on what kind of procedure you and your aesthetic plastic surgeon have agreed upon. Your surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.


It is vitally important that you follow all patient care instructions provided by your surgeon. This will include information about wearing compression garments, care of your drains if placed, taking an antibiotic if prescribed and the level and type of activity that is safe. Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms you will experience and any potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.