Lip Reduction for Masculinization
What is lip reduction surgery and how does it masculinize the face?
The shape and proportions of male and female lips are quite different. Male lips are typically more streamlined, flatter, less full and less “plump” than female lips. An individual seeking a more masculine appearance may feel that one, or both of their lips may need reducing. The lip reduction procedure involves the removal of an inner section of the lip (beyond the ‘wet line’) so that no scarring will be visible. The procedure can be performed on its own, or within the larger context of facial masculinization surgery.
The artistry of masculinizing lip reduction surgery.
The key to the success of masculinizing lip reduction surgery — and almost any gender-related plastic surgery — is a plastic surgeon who has both the training and technical ability to perform the procedure but also has a keen artistic eye and visual appreciation of how the lips ‘sit’ amongst the individual’s other facial features.
How is lip reduction surgery performed?
Lip reduction surgery as a stand-alone procedure is typically performed under a general plus local anesthetic over the course of 60 minutes. However, lip reduction for those seeking female-to-male facial confirmation is typically performed under general anesthetic within the larger context of the cluster of surgeries that comprise facial masculinization surgery.
The actual procedure involves the removal of a small strip of skin from across the inside of the lip — just inside the “wet line” of the lip — on the boundary between the inside and outside of the mouth. The lip is then turned inwards towards the inside of the mouth and the incision is sutured closed. The procedure may be performed on both the upper and lower lips in the same session.
How long is the recover period for lip reduction?
Typically, the lips recover quite quickly. After surgery your lips may feel swollen and sensitive. You may feel some moderate pain or discomfort, but nothing that cannot be treated with over-the-counter pain killers. You may also have some moderate bruising that should subside within 5-10 days.
You will need to eat soft foods for about a week and avoid any overly acidic foods such as oranges or tomatoes which may cause irritation to sensitive skin. You will be instructed to rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash several times a day to ensure the surgical area is kept clean.
Your stitches will remain in place for 7-10 days after which they will dissolve on their own.