Lip Enhancement

Injectables, implants and surgery are used to enhance the lip shape and size. For those desiring more volume to their lips, we suggest starting with injectables before proceeding to longer lasting implants. This will allow you to experience fuller lips before doing something more permanent.*

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The current options for injectables include bovine and human collagen. Bovine collagen is the easiest to use and creates a nice augmentation effect. It is generally injected along the edge of the upper and lower lips to create a more defined lip roll. It may also be injected into the lip proper to create more fullness and puffiness. Before treatment with bovine collagen, you must be skin tested to rule out sensitivity to the product. This treatment is usually done with topical anesthesia only and requires little to no recovery time. You could experience some swelling of the lips, which may require a few hours to resolve. The effects of bovine collagen in the lips generally last up to 9 to 12 months. Repeat injections are required to maintain the results. Human collagen, which comes from a donor, may also be used for lip augmentation and does not require a skin test prior to treatment. However, local anesthesia is usually required for this treatment and the incidence of swelling and bruising can be greater. The length of effect is similar to bovine collagen but with repeated injections may create a degree of persistent augmentation.*

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Lip implants are an excellent option for those desiring longer term effects. The options include donated human collagen implants and synthetic implants. The best human graft in our experience is a dense collagen implant called Fasciablast. This is a freeze-dried graft from a human donor, which has been screened, tested and treated with a FDA approved process for nonviable human implant grafts. The implant is placed through an incision at the corner of each side of the mouth. It is placed in a pocket created under the mucosa of the lips. Once in place, the grafts are rehydrated which causes them to expand and soften. The lips will be noticeably swollen for at least 5 days after surgery and will be stiff for several weeks. For this reason, your smile may seem different and pursing of your lips will be difficult until the grafts soften and the swelling resolves. Although these grafts can create long lasting effects, it is not possible to predict what degree of permanent augmentation will occur. For this reason, some patients choose to have a permanent synthetic implant placed. In the past, the problem with synthetic implants is that they have been too stiff and the tendency for shrinkage and extrusion has been too high. There is now a new implant on the market called Advanta, which seems to have greatly lessened the potential for these problems.*

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Another option for enhancement of the lips is called lip advancement. This is a surgical procedure, which removes skin from the edge of the lip or from under the nose above the lip. Dissolvable sutures are placed to advance the lip tissue. The scars from this procedure are usually minimal in nature and are hidden in the nasal-lip crease or along the edge of the lip. This creates a permanent effect and can shorten an elongated lip to nose distance. The recovery time for the surgical procedures of the lip is about one week.*

Perma Lip™ by SurgiSil™

SurgiSil™ and Dr. Martin are excited to introduce the PermaLip™ Implant. It is a safe, definitive solution for permanent enhancement of the lips. PermaLip ™ is not an injectable. perma_facial_implantIt is a soft, solid silicone-based, elastomer device that is FDA approved. PermaLip™ is a naturally contoured implant with a smooth, non-porous surface that will not rupture or deflate. PermaLip™ has undergone extensive clinical testing to ensure its safety and efficacy. Although “permanent,” the PermaLip™ may be easily removed at anytime.*
The procedure can be performed in a simple office setting under local anesthesia. PermaLip™ is available in a variety of sizes to achieve customized results. The entire process can take less than thirty minutes and normal activity may be resumed the following day.*

*All videos, photographs, and testimonials present possible results. There is no guarantee that your results would be the same, as individual results will vary.