Full, plump, voluptuous lips are desired by many women and men in Sacramento today. As we age our lips get thinner, causing us to look older. Fuller-looking lips tend to make us look younger. There are many forms of lip enhancement on the market today from over-the-counter lip plumpers to fillers to fat transfers to lip implants.
Lip plumpers are the least expensive way for the lips to appear fuller. This is only because the products used in the plumpers (usually ginger, cinnamon and peppermint oils) irritate the lips and cause a tingling sensation that causes a slight swelling in the lips.
Injectable fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm or Collagen (just to name a few), are injected into the lips and provide fuller, more shapely lips. Depending on how your body reacts to the filler, these fillers can last between six to nine months or sometimes longer. After the injections, the patient will often experience minor discomfort, redness, swelling or bruising. Rarely seen are infections but if you have a history of cold sores, you may experience an onset. While injectable fillers are a viable option, keep in mind that they are temporary.
Fat transfer is another option if you are reluctant to inject a foreign material into your lips. Injectable fillers are commonly derived from animal or human donor tissue. The fat transfer utilizes your body’s own tissue, giving you a soft, natural-looking result. Although, again, it is usually only temporary. Lip augmentation with fat transfer involves liposuction to remove fat from one area of your body (usually your abdomen or thigh) and injecting the fat into your lips. During the fat transfer, only your own natural tissue is used so the possibility of rejection or allergic reaction rarely occurs. After the procedure you are left with softer, fuller, natural-feeling lips that can last from six months to more than a year.
And last but not least are lip implants. Lip implants are a permanent solution to lip enhancement. Although permanent, they can be removed if you decide you don’t like them or wish to go bigger or smaller. I have tried the over-the-counter lip plumpers and many of the popular fillers and even the fat transfer, but finally decided I wanted a more permanent fix.
There are lots of different materials used for lip implants out on the market.
- GORE-TEX lip implants are made from the same material found in GORE-TEX jackets or tents. It is a slightly stiffer material compared with some of the alternatives.
- Softform lip implants are hollow, which allows tissue to grow inside, effectively anchoring them in place.
- Ultrasoft lip implants are like Softform implants but are three times softer.
- Advanta lip implants have a different pore structure than the others, making them noticeably soft.
- Verafil lip implants are made from soft silicone and are said to have the same consistency as a gummy bear.
- Fulfil lip implants use saline and teflon.
- Alloderm is a natural collagen lip implant.
- There are many more, but my personal favorite, which I have now, are the Perma Facial Implants by Surgisil.
Perma Facial Implants are made of soft, solid silicone that is tapered at both ends so you get a natural looking lip. These implants will not rupture, deflate or degrade and do not promote tissue ingrowth. They are available in a range of diameters and lengths so you can get a customized result that will fit your face. While this implant is called “permanent” and durable enough to last a lifetime, these implants are also designed to be easily removable. You can increase or decrease the size of your augmentation, or return to your original lip appearance.
The procedure is done under local anesthetic like you would get at your dentist. Dr. Kaufman will make two small incisions at the corners of the mouth for each lip to be enhanced. Then, the implant is inserted through one side, positioned and centered before the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. It’s that easy! The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.
I did not have much pain at all but did have lots of bruising and swelling. I only took a couple of Advil’s for the pain and swelling. It’s probably advisable to take a couple of days away from your usual activities to rest and recover although I went back to work the next day! Eating and drinking is a little strange for the first week but after that I was fine. My final results were seen at 4 months. At 4 months I was able to forget that I had lip implants. They feel very natural and soft and look great. I absolutely love my lip implants! If you’ve been thinking about lip implants, stop by our office to see them live. I’m not the only one here at the office with them.