Whether you have naturally thin lips or have lost volume in your lips due to the aging process, lip augmentation is a great, quick, and easy way to create fuller, plumper lips and reduce fine wrinkles around the mouth.
Why is PermaLip™ different from other lip augmentation techniques?
PermaLip offers a permanent alternative to repetitive, costly, and painful filler injections, and strives to overcome the potential complications of permanent injectable and solid implants. PermaLip is contoured to the shape of your lips, has a smooth surface to minimize tissue in-growth, and is reversible.
How do I know the implant is the right size for me?
PermaLip™ is available in a variety of diameters and lengths to accommodate the uniqueness of each person’s lip characteristics. During the course of a consultation with Dr. Leeman, it will be determined what PermaLip size is best suited for you based on your existing lip characteristics and your desired goals.
What if I want to have the implant(s) removed?
Although PermaLip™ is permanent, it is also designed to be easily reversible should a person wish to return to their original lip appearance.
How is lip augmentation performed with the Permalip™ implant?
PermaLip™ Lip Enhancement is relatively simple to perform. Dr. Leeman will administer local anesthesia to the mouth and lips and make a small incision in each corner of the mouth. The PermaLip™ implant is then passed through a tunnel in the lip and positioned in the center. The process is then repeated for the other lip and the incisions are closed using absorbable sutures. The process typically takes less than thirty minutes and normal activity may be resumed the following day.
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 around the lips 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 the procedure painful?
Most discomfort, if present, usually resolves after 24-48 hours, although your lips 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.
When will I be able to see the results?
Your lips will be quite large and swollen in the first few days post-operatively. As the swelling subsides you will begin to see your final result.
I have heard that the risk of infection is quite high in lip implants, is this true?
Infection is a risk with any surgical procedure. Although one might expect the risk of infection to be high in the mouth area, the observed infection rate with PermaLip has been extremely low, with an expected rate of infection to be below 1%. Patients are prescribed both antibiotics and anti-cold sore medicine to minimize the chance of infection.
How are lip 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 if lip fullness is to be maintained.
On the other hand, 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 have their lips revert to their original size, this may be difficult to accomplish. PermaLip has the advantage of being both permanent, yet easily reversible, giving it the best of both worlds.
Will my significant other be able to feel Permalip when we kiss?
The vast majority of patients report that their partners cannot feel the implants while kissing. The extent to which you can feel the implant depends upon whether or not you had very thin lips beforehand. If you had thin lips and then had a large implant placed into a tight space it is quite possible to be able to feel the change.
Can the PermaLip implant leak or rupture?
No. PermaLip is unique in that it is manufactured from a very soft, but solid, silicone.
Is Dr. Leeman a Board-Certified facial plastic surgeon?
Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually double-board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
How do I get started?
Getting started is easy. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Leeman, click here. Your $65 consultation fee will be applied to the cost of your treatment.
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