Permanent Lip Augmentation
Lip augmentation with Perma Lip Implant is a great option for patients who want a more permanent solution. There are many patients who like having full, youthful lips, but are tired of having to touch up their lips with fillers every 9 to 12 months. Perma lip implants are soft silicone implants that enhance the volume of upper and/or lower lips. They are placed through small incisions at the corners of the mouth. Small tunnels are made along the lips and the implant(s) are inserted and secured into place. The procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia. This procedure can be performed at the same time as a lip lift. This type of implant minimizes the chances of tissue ingrowth and complications as it can be removed at any time easily. If further definition and structure are desired, this can be achieved with significantly less filler.
Recovery: 1 week for 70% of the swelling to improve. Cool packs and Ibuprofen/Motrin are recommended.
Price: Starts at $1600
Caution: Please let Dr. Wong know if you have ever had any cold sores.
Is Perma Facial Implant an injectable product?
No. Perma Facial Implant is made of soft, solid silicone and can be removed at any time.
Why is Perma Facial Implant™ different from other techniques used to augment facial tissue?
Perma Facial Implant™ offers a permanent alternative to repetitive, costly, and painful filler injections, and strives to overcome the potential complications of permanent injectable and solid implants. Perma Facial Implant is contoured, has a smooth surface to minimize tissue ingrowth, and is reversible.
How do I know the implant is the right size for me?
Perma Facial Implant™ is available in a variety of diameters and lengths to accommodate the uniqueness of each person’s tissue characteristics. During the course of a consultation with your surgeon, it will be determined what Perma Facial Implant™ size is best suited for you.
How is Perma Facial Implant™ different from other facial implants I have read about?
Perma Facial Implant™ is composed of a material ideally suited for use in the facial tissues. Other implants that have been used utilize substances that can potentially cause “tissue in-growth” into the surrounding tissue—in a sense, scarring to the implant itself. This process increases the likelihood of restricted, or unnatural movement. This potential problem has been minimized due to the surface characteristics and the type of material used to manufacture the Perma Facial Implant™.
What if I want to have the implant(s) removed?
Although Perma Facial Implant™ is permanent, it is also designed to be easily reversible should a person wish to return to their original appearance.
What should I expect post-operatively?
You should expect to be swollen and slightly tender post-operatively. Depending on the individual, there may be some bruising as well. The majority of bruising and swelling usually subsides after the first week. Discomfort is usually present for a few days, which will be alleviated by pain medication prescribed by your physician.
Is it quite painful?
Most discomfort, if present, usually resolves after 24-48 hours, although you will be sensitive to light or medium pressure for about 2 weeks.
Is there much bruising?
There is really not very much bruising with typical cases, although this may vary from person to person. Some patients are more prone to bruising than others.
Some doctors suggest that you take Arnica montana or Bromelain orally to decrease bruising. You may be instructed to use a topical arnica ointment as well. These three products are thought to decrease both bruising and swelling for many surgical procedures.
When will I be able to see the results?
The operative site will be swollen the first few days following the procedure. As the swelling subsides you will begin to see your final result.
How are facial implants comparable to injectables?
Implants do not wear off like temporary injectables. Temporary injectables are associated with repeat treatments every few months as the body breaks down the filler. Therefore, repetitive, painful, and costly injection procedures are required indefinitely to be maintained. Permanent, or long-term fillers, also exist. While this type of filler does not need to be repeated regularly, they can be very difficult to remove. If an undesirable appearance results, or if a patient wishes to revert to their original appearance, this may be difficult to accomplish. Perma Facial Implant™ has the advantage of being both permanent, yet easily reversible, giving it the best of both worlds.
Can the Perma Facial implant leak or rupture?
No. Perma Facial Implant™ is unique in that it is manufactured from a very soft, but solid, silicone.