One of the greatest challenges in plastic and cosmetic surgery of the perioral region has been the search for an exceptional solution to lip enhancement. Past methodologies, both temporary and permanent, have met with disappointing results for both physician and patient. Temporary solutions typically involve the use of commercially produced fillers or autologous fat, which can be unpredictable with respect to how long they last, and require repetitive treatments that are painful, repetitive, and costly. Permanent solutions using implants have at times resulted in an unnatural appearance due to their surface characteristics which promote tissue ingrowth. These types of implants are also very difficult to remove if reversal of their effects is desired.
The PermaLip™ by Surgisil is a safe, definitive solution for permanent lip enhancement. PermaLip™ is a patented, CE marked device designed exclusively for the lip and has undergone extensive clinical testing to ensure its safety and efficacy. PermaLip™ is made of a soft, solid silicone elastomer using an injection molding process to produce a naturally contoured implant with a smooth, non-porous surface. The implant cannot rupture or deflate, and can be easily removed at any time. The exact augmentation size is very predictable and can be easily adjusted with different size implants. While designed to be a permanent solution for lip augmentation, the procedure is completely reversible should the patient desire.
PermaLip implants can be placed in the office setting under local anesthesia with very little patient discomfort. Both the upper and lower lips can be enhanced through the same time small incisions inside the corners of the mouth. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour. There is minor swelling in the immediate postoperative period, however most patients resume normal activities within one week.