Can My Silicone Injected Lip Be Reduced?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had silicone placed in my upper lip and now I want it reduced a little. Is this possible? I have attached a picture of my lips.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. I am assuming that your are referring to silicone oil droplets for your lip augmentation as opposed to silicone formed cylinder implants. Silicone oil droplets can not be easily removed from the lip tissues (without a lot of tissue destruction) because they are spread out in many small droplets through the lip tissues. This is the same whether it is in the lips or anywhere else in the body. Depending upon the lip problem (size vs lumps or granulomas), the treatment would be different. Lip size concerns is best dealt with by a lip reduction procedure based on some vermilion excision at the wet-dry line. Lumps or granulomas have to be treated by individual excision or drainage based on where they are located. I am assuming that your lip concerns are that of size.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana