Having plump lips is a sign of beauty, good health, and youth. Whether you have congenitally thin lips or your lips have begun to thin out with age, a PermaLip implant is a great way to enhance them. The implant is made of very soft and solid silicone with a taper at each end to match the natural shape of your lips.

They never rupture or leak and come in a number of sizes depending on the extent of augmentation that is required. The procedure takes about an hour to complete and is usually performed under a local anesthetic.

How Does the Procedure Work?

Your surgeon will make two small incisions, about 4mm, at the corner of your mouth, on the upper and the lower lips. She will create a tunnel that extends from one end of the lip to the other. The implant is then inserted into the tunnel and positioned securely. Once the implant is in place, the surgeon will close up the incisions with absorbable sutures.

Ideal Candidates for the Procedure

You will make an ideal candidate for the PermaLip procedure if:

• You have thin lips that you want to make more plump to create a full look.
• You notice that your top lip or both your lips disappear when you smile.
• Your gums show through when you smile.
• You need slightly fuller lips to balance it out with the rest of the features on the face.

What about Asymmetric Lips?

Unfortunately, the PermaLip implant will not fix baseline asymmetry of the patient’s lips. For instance, if the left and right sides of your lip are uneven, the difference will remain even after you have your lips receive the augmentation. If you want to make your lips more symmetrical, you can fix that before you go in for an augmentation. Ask your plastic surgeon about your options.

What is the Recovery Like?

Although you can go about on your daily activities after the surgery, it is advisable to take a couple of days off work to allow the swelling to subside. If you experience discomfort, you can put an ice pack on your lips. If it is significant, your surgeon will prescribe medication to provide some relief.

Although there are prescription pain medications, the pain is usually very mild. Once the swelling begins to subside, you will be able to see the results of the implant.

Why Is PermaLip Better than Injectables?

Unlike injectables, PermaLip, as the name suggests, is designed to be permanent. If you go for a temporary injectable, you have to make return appointments with your surgeon once every few months as your body breaks down the filler.

It is repetitive, painful, and it can take a toll on your wallet in the long run. Moreover, you cannot just reverse the effects of an injectable if you are not happy with your results. PermaLip facial implants, on the other hand, offer permanent results and can also be easily reversed, making it the best choice for lip augmentation.

Contact Our Office

Schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of PermaLip facial implants and how they can help you obtain the looks you desire. Dr. JoAnne Lopes, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is dedicated to every patient that comes by and will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.