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What is Lip Augmentation?Lip augmentation is a procedure intended to enhance the volume, shape, and/or definition of the lips. It can be performed via non-surgical techniques such as filler injection or surgery where a more permanent result is achieved. A patient may be a candidate for lip augmentation if they naturally demonstrate thin lips or suffer volume loss in the lips with aging. Filler injection is a common treatment option for patients seeking lip enhancement. Hyaluronic acid is the most common type of material found in fillers. Depending on the type of product used and the area of the face treated, the treatment effect of fillers ranges from 6 to 18 months. Common filler products used by Dr. Ho for lip augmentation include Juvederm® Ultra XC, Juvederm® Volbella XC, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Refyne, and Belotero®. Lip filler injection may be performed alone or in conjunction with other injectable procedures. This procedure requires the expertise of a surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face and understands facial anatomy well. Dr. Ho is highly experienced in filler injections and performs each procedure in an artistic manner according to the anatomic features and aesthetic goals of the individual patient.
What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Lip Augmentation?As a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Ho specializes exclusively in aesthetic treatments of the head and neck region including lip procedures. She possesses dedicated training and extensive experience in injectable procedures from one of the top facial plastic surgery fellowship programs in the country. Dr. Ho dedicates extensive time and effort to establish realistic goals and expectations with every patient. Her treatment philosophy is centered on producing lip results that are natural and conservative and are aesthetically balanced with the rest of the face. She relies on pre and post-treatment photographs throughout the process to allow for objective comparison with every patient. Dr. Ho pursues a cannula technique for filler injections as this technique minimizes the risks of bruising and swelling as well as vascular compromise. Dr. Ho understands the pain tolerance of every patient is different and incorporates special numbing techniques into her lip injectable procedures to ensure each patient is as comfortable as possible. She also maintains an excellent hygienic protocol to minimize risk of infection.
Lip Lift: Before and AfterThis wonderful younger patient was bothered by the thin appearance of her upper lip particularly with smiling. She was tired of repeating the same treatments over and over and desired more permanent options for lip rejuvenation. Two stepwise procedures and six months later, she is beautifully healed and we are so happy with her new smile.
What should patients expect after Lip Augmentation?Each lip augmentation procedure is different and catered to the individual patient in terms of how much filler product is needed and where the filler is injected. Therefore, the extent of swelling and bruising that occur after filler injection will vary by patient. There may be swelling or bruising at the injection sites or in the lips that is managed well with icing for the first two days after the procedure and head elevation the evening following the procedure. The extent of swelling may range from minimal to significant for the first few days following the procedure. Bruised injection sites can be covered with concealer makeup starting 24 hours after the procedure. Post-treatment pain is usually not significant and may be managed with Tylenol as needed. The results of filler injection in the treated areas are typically observed immediately or after most of the immediate swelling has subsided. It is not uncommon for slight asymmetries to be observed initially after an injectable procedure that typically resolve by two weeks out when the treatment product has settled out and is in maximal effect. Dr. Ho seeks follow-up with her patients two weeks after each injectable procedure to ensure that every patient is satisfied with their treatment outcome.
“Amazing Experience and Results”
Dr. Ho performed my lip lift and facial fat transfer. She was very thorough in explaining the procedures and guiding me through the what to expect. She has followed up with me regularly and always listens to my concerns, her recommendations to minimize scarring were extremely effective. Dr. Ho was amazing in making sure everything turned out exactly how I wanted, and I couldn’t be happier with my results- which are very natural-looking. I trust Dr. Ho’s expertise and highly recommend her.Anonymous