Lip Surgery

Now seeing patients in Wayne and the surrounding Main Line area and Center City Philadelphia
“My thorough knowledge of lip anatomy combined with my artistic intuition as a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon ensures natural, aesthetically pleasing results for every lip surgery patient.” – Dr. Tina Ho

What is Lip Augmentation?

Lip-SurgeryLip 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. In her surgical approach to lip augmentation, Dr. Ho relies upon her fat transfer technique for lip enhancement with natural, aesthetically pleasing results. Fat transfer is an appealing treatment option as it utilizes a patient’s own cells for rejuvenation. Compared to filler injections, fat transfer yields more permanent results and often does not need to be repeated over time to maintain the results. On the other hand, the survival of transferred fat is unpredictable. In her approach to fat transfer, Dr. Ho injects the lips with slightly more volume than needed given the fact that not all fat transferred to the lips will survive in the long run. Lip augmentation may also be achieved with a placement of an implant that is nevertheless associated with risks of infection and unnatural appearance. Dr. Ho is experienced in both fat transfer and filler injections and will discuss with each patient the best treatment option to meet their lip augmentation goals.

What is Lip Reduction?

Lip reduction 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. It 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. Dr. 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 facial plastic surgeon ensures natural, aesthetically pleasing results for every lip reduction patient.

Patient Details Her Surgical Experience and Results

This beautiful patient underwent silicone lip injection one year ago that left her with permanent visible, hard bumps that were most prominent with smiling. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, silicone is a permanent product and cannot be reversed with an injection. Under local anesthesia, I made an elliptical incision in her upper lip and cut out the silicone material in piecemeal fashion, as illustrated in the video. This was not the most gratifying surgery for me, but the patient’s palpable sense of relief immediately after surgery and her renewed self confidence at her postoperative visit made the mining expedition experience more than worthwhile. Her upper lip is beautifully healed and refreshed already at one week out from surgery and will only improve more over time.

“Amazing Experience and Natural Results!”

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!
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What is Lip Lift?

Lip lift is a surgical procedure that shortens the length of the upper lip. With aging, the upper lip becomes more elongated over time. Lip lift typically involves the removal of excessive skin in the upper lip to achieve a shorter and more youthful looking upper lip that is aesthetically balanced with the rest of the face. Dr. Ho is experienced in lip lift and routinely performs this procedure through incisions at the base of the nose. Her approach to lip lift is conservative; Dr. Ho avoids removing excessive tissue and performs meticulous closure of all incisions to achieve natural, aesthetically appealing results with minimal scars.

What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Lip Surgery?

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho specializes exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures of the head and neck region including lip surgery. Dr. Ho welcomes and operates on patients from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York and come to Philadelphia and Newtown to seek out her expertise. Dr. Ho dedicates ample time and effort with every patient to determine which surgical options may best fit the treatment goals of the patient. Dr. Ho’s approach to lip surgery is conservative, as her goal is to achieve natural, aesthetically pleasing lips that are in harmony with the rest of the face and demonstrate minimal scars.

Lip Lift: Before and After

This 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 Surgery?

Each lip surgery is different and catered to the individual patient. Therefore, the types of incisions utilized as well as extent of swelling and bruising that occur after surgery will vary by patient. Every lip surgery patient will follow-up with Dr. Ho one week after surgery for post-operative evaluation and suture removal if applicable. Each patient will then follow-up again at weeks to months out at regular intervals for re-evaluation. The down time for lip is usually minimal; most patients can return to normal daily activities apart from heavy lifting, straining, and strenuous activity the day after surgery. If incisions were created within the body of the lips or in the upper lip, the patient may need to be on a soft diet for the first two weeks after surgery to optimize healing. Patients who undergo fat transfer to their lips may experience more lingering swelling that may take up to one month to resolve. Post-operative pain is usually managed well with prescribed pain medication. Dr. Ho seeks regular follow-up with her patients to ensure that every patient heals well and is satisfied with their surgical outcome.

“Thanks Dr. Ho!”

Highly recommended facial plastic surgeon in the Philadelphia area! Thanks Dr. Ho! Michael Boland
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What are the Ideal Lips?

Dr. Ho believes that while every face is unique, the ideal lips contribute to an aesthetically pleasing, balanced face and do not distract from other facial features. The ideal lips typically follow a 1:2 upper lip height to lower lip height ratio and demonstrate even volume and defined vermilion borders on frontal view. On lateral view, the upper and lower lips are approximately located 4 mm and 2 mm behind a line from the nasal tip to the most anterior point of the chin (nasomental line), respectively, with the upper lip projecting slightly more anteriorly than the lower lip. Dr. Ho uses several of these anatomic principles as a foundation for her surgical approach as well as her aesthetic intuition in lip surgery.​

What is the Cost of a Lip Lift?

The average cost for a lip lift is roughly $300, this does not include facility fees. Cost may be significantly less if combined with other procedures at time of surgery including rhinoplasty and facelift (add hyperlinks).

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