Lip reduction in Philadelphia is a procedure designed to reduce the appearance of an overly prominent lip. In the appropriate candidate, lip reduction surgery achieves more natural and proportionate lips that are harmonious with the rest of the face.
Dr. Tina Ho’s approach to lip reduction surgery is conservative: She avoids removing excessive lip mucosa or tissue that may otherwise put the patient at risk of an overcorrected and unnatural result.
Her thorough knowledge of lip anatomy combined with her artistic intuition as a fellowship-trained, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon ensures natural results. With her specialized skills and experience, she is able to achieve aesthetically pleasing results for every lip reduction patient. Dr. Tina Ho attracts patients from all over the greater Philadelphia and Main Line region as well as from out of state.
Ideal Candidates for Lip Reduction
Lip reduction may be performed in patients who naturally developed overly prominent lips or who suffer this issue from a previous lip augmentation procedure involving a permanent implant or filler product that cannot be easily removed. One common foreign body that requires removal in lip reduction surgery is silicone filler or implant. It is also an excellent option for patients with lip asymmetries. Either the upper lip or lower lip or both lips may be suitable for reduction depending on size and proportion. Dr. Ho’s ideal aesthetic for the lips is a 1:2 height ratio for the upper lip to the lower lip.
The best candidates for lip reduction surgery are patients who do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking for several weeks before the procedure. These patients must also avoid smoking during recovery. Smoking increases the chance of complications and can prolong the recovery process.
If you have an inflammatory or autoimmune condition, this may affect your candidacy for lip reduction surgery. Patients with frequent mouth sores must discuss this issue with Dr. Ho. Any infections in the mouth area must be addressed before patients can undergo lip reduction.
– Dr. Tina Ho
The Lip Reduction Procedure
Typically, lip reduction takes around 30-60 minutes to perform. This surgery can be performed in the office setting under local anesthesia.
A small incision is created in the pink inner lip just as the border where the wet portion of the lip meets the dry portion of the lip to camouflage the eventual scar. Next, tissue is removed conservatively in order to reduce volume. Finally, the incision is closed using dissolvable sutures. Typically there is no discernable scar once the lip is well-healed.
Recovery After Lip Reduction
During lip reduction recovery, the lips will experience a degree of swelling for several weeks. Ice packs and adequate hydration help to address this swelling. Redness may be present for a few days. Any pain can be reduced with the help of OTC pain relievers as recommended.
Patients will be required to follow a soft diet for 1 week and to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for 2 weeks. Dissolvable sutures will be present for 1 to 2 weeks before dissolving naturally.
Once all swelling has fully reduced, patients will be able to see the full results of their lip reduction procedure.
How Much Does Lip Reduction Cost?
The price of a lip reduction procedure is affected by a number of factors. Cost is impacted by the time required to perform the surgery, the anesthesia utilized, and the techniques used.
Find Out More
If you would like to learn more about lip reduction in Philadelphia and Wayne, contact the office of Dr. Tina Ho. Dr. Ho will be happy to help you achieve the lip proportions you desire, so schedule your informative consultation today.
Dr. Ho gave me such an amazing experience and even better results! I have always wanted filler but something that still looked super natural. A friend showed me Dr. Ho’s work and I was sold. From her work, it was obvious how natural they were and that it truly fit the faces. I booked an appointment immediately! She listened to my wishes and also my concerns, and she walked me through each step. I loved my immediate results! After my lips fully healed, I could see how perfect my lips fit my face and my smile! Friends and family have noticed that I looked better but couldn’t point out that it was just my lips! I am so so happy with my results and will most definitely return to Dr. Ho. I highly recommend her to anyone!
Highly recommended facial plastic surgeon in the Philadelphia area! Thanks Dr. Ho!
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.