PermaLip was invented by two surgeons in the
United States in 2002. It has finally gotten FDA approval for the US
market for tissue augmentation of the face and lips. PermaLip is made by
SurgiSil in Plano, Texas - and is composed of a soft
solid, silicone elastomer using an injection molding
process to produce a naturally contoured implant with a smooth, non – porous
surface which cannot rupture or deflate and will not degrade over time.
PermaLip is softer than some of the other lip
implants that are offered and tapered on both sides to follow the natural
contour of the lips - which helps produce a much more natural appearance than
other lip or facial implants.
PermaLip and Perma Facial
cannot rupture or deflate, and may be removed at any time.
Perma Facial Implant is contoured, has a smooth surface to minimize tissue
in-growth, and is completely reversible if you should decide to take this out. Tissue in-growth with lip or facial implants mimics the same problems that occur
with breast implants with capsular contracture from scar tissue - which creates
a harden layer of scar tissue surrounding the implant.
The PermaLip Implant
is placed like other lip implants through tiny incisions in the corners of the
mouth. The procedure is carried out under a local anesthetic with the
device threaded through the tunnel and centered into place. The procedure
takes anywhere from 15 - 45 minutes to perform. Recovery includes
some swelling and bruising which will normally reside within a week.
There will be some discomfort for a few days following surgery, however; oral
pain medication which will be prescribed by your surgeon will help.
includes taking an antibiotic to help fight infection, an anti-viral to prevent
any rejection from a foreign body reaction and narcotic pain medication.
Patients are required to massage the implant for after the first two or three
days to make sure the implant doesn't become fixed on one side of the lip - and
to make sure you have full movement of your lips. Massaging the
implants will continue for the next three to four weeks as the implant settles
in the lip.