It seems Kylie Jenner isn’t the only one who is over big lips — the latest plastic surgery trend filling our feeds is all about achieving a smaller pout.
The spike in popularity has mostly been seen across Asian countries, where young people between the ages of 20 and 30 are requesting lip reduction surgery.
Warning: this next image is graphic AF.
It is not a new procedure; social media has just seemingly made it more accessible, just like it did lip injections.
According to Thailand-based dermatologist Dr. Nuttae Nuttapon, the popularity of the procedure is due to thin lips being associated with western beauty.
“Asian men and women typically prefer Caucasian facial features, which are narrower cheekbones, deeper eye sockets and thinner lips,” he told New Beauty.
While the ‘idealistic look’ in Asia has definitely changed a lot in recent years, the procedure is still carried out quite frequently.
Ironically, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Marc Mani told People that he believes the procedure has become really popular in the U.S recently, due to the stigma associated with overdone lip augmentations.
The procedure, usually performed by a plastic surgeon, involves surgically cutting at the wet-dry line of the lip, and pulling the lip underneath, inside the mouth, to reduce its volume. Yikes!
It looks like the most painful thing on earth, but it’s actually a lot less invasive than it appears. The surgery is performed under local anaesthesia and side effects include bruising, swelling and redness – much like lip injections.
Though obvi, like any cosmetic procedure, you’ve got to put a lot of thought into it and be doing it for the right reasons, not just because it’s ‘trending’.