Each lip-reduction patient will experience a different recovery, depending on the extent of the surgery.
Swelling after the procedure is common and can last for 2-3 weeks before subsiding. There’s usually minimal pain or discomfort associated with healing and patients may be advised to apply ice and take a pain medication to limit these side effects. The resulting scar may feel thick and obtruding for several weeks, but it will become undetectable over time. There are no visible scars from this procedure as all incisions are concealed behind the lips.
Patients can usually return to work and normal activities within one week of surgery. Full recovery is generally expected after 1-2 weeks, but outcomes vary from patient to patient. Complete results are seen at about 2-3 months following surgery.