Full, well-defined lips are a highly coveted feature that accentuate our overall facial beauty and youthful appearance.

Many patients experience some degree of volume loss to their lips as part of their aging process. However for some patients, sagging and elongation of the upper lip may also be a concern, as the distance between the base of the nose to the top of the lip increases with age, making the upper lip less and less visible. Both the volume loss and the sagging of the lip are closely related and may occur concomitantly in the aging process. To address these problems, Dr. Ort offers long-lasting and natural-looking surgical options that help rejuvenate your lips. Lip Augmentation and Lip Lift, though they may sound similar, are two distinct surgical procedures and have their own unique role in creating beautiful lips.

Sometimes both procedures are recommended to maximize the rejuvenation of your lips and your smile aesthetics. When you don’t like the size or shape of your lips, it is possible to visit a facial cosmetic surgeon for a lip augmentation and lip lift Bellevue facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yirae Ort, double board-certified and specializing in the facial procedures, offers excellent lip augmentation services at her Facial Aesthetic Surgery practice.


What is a Lip Lift?

Lip Lift surgery “lifts” and shortens the upper lip to help enhance the lip definition and visibility. A long-lasting benefit can be had with a Lip Lift provided by Dr. Ort at Bellevue’s premier facial plastic surgery practice. This is a surgical procedure that removes a cuff of excess tissue at the base of the nose to shorten the upper lip length.

It allows gentle everting of the vermilion border, which is the pink part that outlines the lips, a lip lift also helps to enhance the shape of the lip with or without adding more volume to it.  It is an outpatient procedure that can be performed with local anesthesia only, but sedation can be offered for absolute patient comfort. The incision is cosmetically hidden in the crease where the nose meets the upper lip. Once healed, the surgery site typically becomes imperceptible, leaving beautifully rejuvenated, youthful looking lips.

What is a Lip Augmentation?

Lip Augmentation surgery “plumps” the lips to help them appear fuller and more youthful. This is a surgical procedure that involves placing a special implant or the patient’s own tissue graft inside the lips. Dr. Ort is able to perform various lip augmentation techniques using different materials, which include:

  • Fat Graft – fat is removed from your lower abdomen or thighs and injected to enlarge your lips.
  • Fascia Graft – fascia is a layer of tissue or membrane that envelops muscle and helps hold its form; it can be taken from various parts of the face, including the area next to the cheeks when performing Facelift Surgery.
  • Implant – a small, soft implant made of silicone or expanded polytetrafluoroethylene material is used to give shape and volume to the lips.

Small incisions are made at the corners of the mouth and a tunnel is created in the lip. Once the pocket is formed, a sterilely prepared lip implant or a tissue graft is inserted. It is typically performed as outpatient surgery and can be performed alone or in conjunction with a lip lift for a more complete rejuvenation. 

Today, there are many ways to beautifully augment your lips with cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery. Although surgery can provide natural-looking results that are long-lasting, some patients may not be ready for surgery. 

For those who wish to get similar results non-surgically might opt for a simpler procedure like lip fillers. Fillers can be a great option for patients to get plumper lips temporarily, but these may require repeated visits for maintenance.

Consultation for Lip Lift in Bellevue, WA

As a premiere Bellevue lip lift provider, Dr. Yirae Ort has successfully treated both men and women of all ages and backgrounds. If you feel that your lips are starting to display signs of aging or lack fullness or shape overall, visit with Dr. Ort today and discuss your concerns during your private consultation. Whether you are hoping to address lip wrinkles, volume loss, sagging lips, or want to accentuate your pout or the lip shape, lip surgery might be the right choice for you. To learn more about treatments with expert Bellevue lip augmentation provider, Dr. Ort, call (425) 200-5890 and schedule a consultation today.

How Can I Prepare for a Lip Lift?

Each cosmetic or reconstructive lip surgery is customized to meet the needs of a patient. At your personalized consultation with Dr. Ort, you will be able to discuss your concerns and goals and gain detailed information on various surgical options available to enhance your lips. When you are ready to have your lip lift procedure, you will have a pre-op visit with Dr. Ort to discuss details of the procedure and to review before and after instructions. You will have an evaluation of your medical history to determine if you have any health issues. A week or two prior to surgery, you may be asked to stop any medications or supplements that may prolong bleeding.

Am I a Good Candidate for Lip Surgery?

Dr. Ort is regarded among the most experienced Bellevue facial feminization surgery providers. Candidates for facial bone contouring are those that are unhappy with the appearance of their facial structures. Some patients may want to see a sharper, more masculine facial contour while others may opt for this procedure as part of a facial feminization surgery.

p data-aos=”fade-in-btm”>Some patients are born with naturally thin lips that over time become even less visible with lip sagging and thinning, while others may simply wish to accentuate the fullness of their lips. Plastic surgery can offer a permanent rejuvenation solution for your lips for those who prefer to avoid frequent procedures and prefer to save money over the long term. Dr. Ort will help determine if you are a good surgical candidate for a lip lift or a lip augmentation, or both.

p data-aos=”fade-in-btm”>It is possible to repair lips that are damaged from facial traumas or that require reconstruction or revision surgery due to birth defects such as a cleft lip. Lip repair surgery is also considered when you wish to close the holes that were made for lip piercing. For some patients who feel that their lips are too large in comparison to the rest of their facial features, Lip Reduction surgery can permanently help decrease the size of your lips by removing a part of the upper or lower lip.

What Can I Expect After a Lip Lift?

You will recover at home for several days while using caution about what you do with your lips during the healing process. Initial numbness in the lips may be expected and it will likely wear off in the first few days. During this time it is important to avoid drinking or eating hot beverages. You should also stick to a soft diet and avoid stretching your mouth while you are healing.

p data-aos=”fade-in-btm”>Patients are usually prescribed medication to alleviate any pain and may be given antibiotic prescriptions to help prevent infection if an implant or a graft material is used for lip augmentation surgery. Cold compresses and ice packs can also help to reduce swelling and inflammation around the mouth.

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