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What is lip reduction cheiloplasty?

Cheiloplasty is the surgery performed to increase or decrease the lip. Lip Reduction is performed, in most cases, on people who have previously had Lip Augmentation.

The Cheiloplasty is the surgery that It is done to increase or decrease the lip. Lip Reduction is performed, in most cases, in people who have previously had Lip Augmentation. This lip augmentation has been done with permanent materials, or, over time, the injected product has caused a chronic inflammatory reaction.

Lip Reduction Treatments

There are different types of treatments to perform a Lip Reduction Cheiloplasty. These are: Cheilolaserlysis, Vaporization with CO2 laser and Extraction Surgery.


Cheilolaserlysis is performed using the FOX 980mm Diode Laser. The laser fiber It is introduced through the skin until it contacts the material that is intended to be extracted. The laser fiber transmits heat causing the injected product that has solidified to become liquid. and thus it is possible to extract it. This treatment is performed with local anesthesia and lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. After the treatment, swelling of the treated lip occurs that can last up to 7 days. The treatment consists of several sessions, varying between 1 and 3.

CO2 Laser Vaporization

The CO2 Laser aims to achieve controlled vaporization of the lip area where the nodule is located. The laser causes the tissue heats up and is destroyed. The heat provided to the surrounding tissue is minimal, thus avoiding injury to the area to be treated.

It offers the following advantages:

  • Allows you to treat hard-to-reach or small areas
  • Does not cause bleeding
  • Does not require suture

The CO2 Laser Vaporization treatment is carried out in several sessions, joining your normal life on the same day of the session. This type of treatment It takes longer to heal than surgery and a topical cream must be applied for 5 or 7 days in the area to assist in the healing process.

Surgery with extraction

The surgical intervention consists of make an elliptical transverse incision along the lip, between the lateral commissures in the mucosa of the inner edge. After the incision, Excess labial mucosa and the product that was injected are removed. After, The edges are closed with a resorbable suture. The scar is very inconspicuous since, as it is located on the inner edge of the labial mucosa, it is very difficult to see.

Lip Reduction Surgery is an outpatient procedure and local anesthesia is used.

The surgical intervention can lead to some complications as:

  • Asymmetry
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Corking
  • Decreased mobility
  • Abnormal scars

In conclusion, secondary Cheiloplasty is a surgery that aims to normalize the proportions of the lips modified by the injection of filler products.