Cosmetic Treatment Recommended by an Expert

    Lip Reduction, as an aesthetic procedure, is creating quite a buzz. Salon India speaks
    exclusively with Dr Debraj Shome, Cosmetic Surgeon and Director at The Esthetic
    Clinics, to understand the process and technology used.

    About: A person’s facial appearance and the way others perceive
    him or her is greatly influenced by the structure of the lips. Once you
    have reached facial maturity, the shape and size of your lips are set.
    As with any other facial feature, irrespective of age, many people
    tend to be self-conscious and believe it is a hindrance on their path to
    professional success.
    Process and technology used: With today’s advancing technology,
    experienced doctors in the country have been able to find a solution
    to this concern. While many individuals aim to correct thin lips through
    lip augmentation procedures and lip fillers, there are those who
    want to make their excessively large lips smaller. The procedure that
    facilitates this facial alteration is called Lip Reduction surgery or Bikini
    Lip Reduction.

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    JANUARY 2019 | SALON INTERNATIONAL | 97

    Lip reduction surgery is a procedure to remove excess lip tissue for a
    thinner lip appearance. It is gradually gaining momentum with people
    across the globe, and surgeons now commonly refer to it as ‘Bikini’
    Lip Reduction surgery. It consists of an excision of a ‘bikini top’ from
    the upper lip and a ‘bikini bottom’ from the lower lip.
    USP: Research suggests that this procedure not only makes the
    lips smaller, but also aesthetically more pleasing. Such a procedure
    aims to fulfill the three basic requirements of a good lip reduction
    treatment such as, decreasing the overall size, restoring the curves of
    the lips, and to maintain a good relationship of volume of the upper
    and lower lip.
    Teamed with other surgeries: The result of paring the bikini lip
    reduction surgery with any other treatment and their benefits are
    still unknown.

    Pre-treatment measures: Before you decide to undergo this
    cosmetic procedure, there are a few things to keep in mind. It is
    important that the lips be in good condition, the patient is a non
    smoker and can freely share any known allergies with the doctor. The
    patient will be advised to go for tests of blood and urine, and any
    other standard test that the doctor deems necessary.
    Post-treatment: The reduction procedure is done under local
    anesthesia and lasts for half an hour to 45 minutes. You may
    experience some swelling, bruising and pain for the first three-four
    days. The initial healing period takes about a week, and you will
    be advised to follow a liquid diet for the same amount of time.
    The patient needs to take care of the stitches and maintain good
    oral hygiene.
    Time taken for both the procedures: 45 to 60 minutes.
    Sessions recommended: It is a surgery, so one is enough.
    Side-effects: Although the lip reduction surgery is fairly simple, an
    asymmetrical appearance, cyst formation and numbness are some
    of the possible side-effects.
    Future of the surgery: These cases are common in Western
    countries, however, a ‘bikini’ lip reduction surgery has been
    performed in India, as well. Bikini lip reduction surgery is now slowly
    gaining momentum in India and will continue to grow. A gentleman,
    who aspired to become a film star and believed that his lips needed
    an aesthetic transformation, had approached me. A surgery was
    performed on his lips as they were quite large. It gave his face the
    right proportion and the result was effective.
    View on the surgery: “To me, it is ironic that a male lip can be
    shaped better using the principles of a female bikini. In a patriarchal
    society, what can be more ironic? A bikini style lip reduction can allow
    a man to have smaller and more aesthetic looking lips. It is true that
    well-shaped lips can change your smile, face and enhance the other
    facial features in both men and women.”

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    About Dr. Debraj Shome


    Facial Plastic & Oculoplastic Surgeon in Mumbai, India

    Dr. Debraj Shome - Founder, The Esthetic Clinic, is a top facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shome is currently a Consultant at the Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Apollo Spectra hospital and S L Raheja Fortis hospital in Mumbai, India. He has 40+ research papers in international journals, numerous presentations at conferences & many awards such as "Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai", "Top 10 Cosmetic Surgeon in India", Oculoplastic Surgeon India", etc. A celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Shome believes plastic, reconstructive & cosmetic face surgery can allow you to lead a more fulfilled life
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