How Are Lip Implants Done?



How Are Lip Implants Done?

Full, sensuous lips have always been something to be desired, but more recently, big lips (along with big buttocks) have taken the popular culture by storm. From Angelina Jolie’s naturally luscious lips to Kyle Jenner’s slightly “ducky” mouth, big lips are in, and many women opt for a lip augmentation to achieve this look.

Lip Implants

What can be used in a lip augmentation?

These days, an injectable hyaluronic acid dermal filler is the most commonly used method in a lip augmentation. However, while injectables have many advantages (flexible volume control, gradual pace of treatment, little bruising), the effect is not permanent, and the procedure needs to be redone in a few months.

Lip implants, on the other hand, provide permanent lip augmentation. And the surgery is relatively simple, usually taking about an hour to complete. Small incisions in the lips are made, usually at the corners of the mouth, in order to create a thin tunnel to accommodate the implant. The implant is then inserted, thread through the lip, trimmed to the desired length, and the incisions are closed.

What types of lip implants are used in a lip augmentation?

Some of the more popular types of lip implants include GORE-TEX®, SoftForm, and AlloDerm®. GORE-TEX® lip implants are made from a medical-grade version of ePTFE, a non-reactive polymer used in surgeries for many years. GORE-TEX® lip implants may feel slightly rigid when first inserted, but most patients quickly become used to this. These implants have micropores through which the natural lip tissue grows, eventually making the implants part of the natural lip.

SoftForm lip implants are also made from ePTFE, but come in a tubular shape, which allows for tissue ingrowth and thus better anchoring. Soft and pliable, AlloDerm® is a human-tissue lip implant made from donated skin, and so it’s less likely to provoke an allergic response.

What are the risks and benefits of an implant lip augmentation?

The risk of complications from lip implants is relatively low. However, there is always the risk of scarring and stiffness of the lips, infections, implant rejection and/or migration. That’s why it’s critical to choose an experienced surgeon to perform this procedure.

The main benefit of lip augmentation with an implant is that it lasts a long time. Temporary fillers are eventually absorbed into the body and the procedure has to be repeated every few months, entailing added expense, not to mention frequent sessions at the doctor’s clinic, which are not totally pain free. (Still, some doctors advise their patients to go the temporary filler route before considering surgical implants to see how their bigger lips will look before going for a surgical implant.)

Whether you’ve run out of creative but short-lasting makeup tricks to enhance your naturally thin lips, or the aging process has reduced the volume of your lips, implants are a good option to provide a quick, customizable way to create fuller, plumper lips and reduce fine wrinkles around the mouth.

June 20, 2016

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