The SoftForm implant is a soft
hollow tubular implant made from ePTFE that can offer a permanent yet reversible
lip enhancement. SoftForm is the most commonly used lip implant for
augmentation. The implant’s hollow configuration was designed to promote your
own tissue growth into the central lumen of the implant to provide stability. These implants are made by
implants come in three forms:
for soft tissue deficiencies
in the lip border, smile lines, and frown lines
for more substantial soft tissue deficiencies in the cheek and temple
longer, wider, and softer than SoftForm, used for lip border and nasolabial
fold (3 sizes: standard, custom, and custom xl)
Depending on the size chosen SoftForm is very good for defining the upper
edge of the lip vermilion border, and to add more bulk to the overall lip.
SoftForm lip implants are
considered permanent as they are chemically stable and not metabolized by the
body. It also allows the patient the flexibility of removing it at any given
time. Because SoftForm is a synthetic material it eliminates the need to take
donor fat or dermis from any other part of your body, which will lessen the
chance of further scarring.
Because of the softening of the
treated area over time, patients can sometimes have the ability to feel the
implant or even a ridge after insertion. This ridge can sometimes be seen in
extreme smiling. Due to the synthetic nature of the SoftForm implant there are
reports of extrusion of the implant over time.
The surgical procedure is usually
inserted as an out patient basis under local anesthesia. A small incision is
made in each corner of the mouth and the SoftForm is threaded under the skin of
the lips by means of its own closed delivery system. Following insertion a small
suture is used to close the incision. Antibiotics are prescribed after the
procedure for a short amount of time.
SoftForm can provide permanent
results with no allergy testing needed.
There are multiple formulations
depending on the needs of the patient.
SoftForm is a longer surgical
procedure and more invasive, a longer recovery is needed than injectables.
major drawback with having implants like this is that they can be felt under the
skin; and sometimes when inserted in the lips for augmentation your smile might
be distorted because they sometimes contract and get shorter.
When SoftForm lip implants first came out, the manufacturer suggested that the
implant should be inserted along the lip line or vermilion border. This actually
gave the lip more of an unnatural appearance with having this area accentuated.
Some surgeons believe that if this implant is inserted into the bulky area of
the lip, that it can have more of a natural result.