The implant used in the
Gore-Tex lip augmentation procedure is a white micro-porous soft tissue implant
made of expanded medical grade of polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE), which
supports rapid tissue incorporation. This polymer has been used in surgeries for
years and has a very long safety record. Gore-Tex implants are made by Gore
Gore-Tex lip augmentation implants are made of these ePTFE non-reactive
and non-toxic materials which support rapid tissue incorporation – which
effectively makes the implants part of the lip structure. The results of
Gore-Tex lip augmentation are permanent unless a patient wishes to have the
implants removed or changed. Once implanted the Gore-Tex lip implants can feel
rigid, but most patients eventually become accustomed to this.
Gore-Tex comes available in sheets, blocks, strands, and preformed shapes in
various thicknesses. The procedure consists of a small incision which is made so
that a tunnel or a space is created. The implant is then threaded into this
space, and sutured so that it will remain in place. The external incisions are
closed with sutures as well, and are usually removed within 5 days. Gore-Tex lip
implants have been used for decades and are proven safe, although hardness can
occasionally be a problem. The main advantage of lip implants is that they can
be removed if necessary but otherwise considered permanent.
Typically a regional or local anesthesia is given for this procedure. The
procedure can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour. There might be
swelling and bruising along with some mild discomfort for a couple of weeks.
Tightness at the implant site seems to be the feeling that is most common with
Some of the advantages of Gore-Tex implants are that no allergy test is
required. These implants can be trimmed to fit the needs of the patient and is a
Because this is a more invasive procedure than giving a patient an injection, it
requires more time.
The recovery can be long – anywhere from one to two weeks.
The biggest concern is that these implants can be felt under the skin; they can
make the lips feel hard and firm. Some patients have reported any kind of
movement with the mouth, puckering and whistling interferes with Gore-Tex lip
Gore-Tex can also extrude the skin, which will require more surgery to
repair. Extrusion and or infection can occur with this procedure.