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Surgisil PermaLip -- A More Permanent Solution to Lip Augmentation

Feb 10, 2016 05:26PM ● By Michael Thornton

Photo for advertisement only. Not actual client of Dr. Thornton.

Generally speaking, lip augmentation is a performed to create fuller, plumper lips and meant to give the appearance of a more youthful face.  Currently, the most common form of this lip augmentation is through the use of an injectable dermal filler like Juvederm® or Restylane®.  Both of these injectable dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a natural occurring substance found in the body.  The problem with injectable fillers is that it doesn’t last very long – usually about 6 months on average.  Therefore, this is a great procedure for patients who have been using lip fillers like Juvederm® or Restylane® for years but are interested in a more permanent solution.

Surgisil Permalip implants are made of soft silicone and come in various diameter sizes and lengths. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia in about 30 minutes in our office.  Here are five common questions I generally get from people interested in lip augmentation and considering the Surgisil Permalip procedure with us:

How do I know which implant is the right size for me?

The Surgisil Permalip Implant™ is available in a variety of sizes to accommodate the uniqueness of your individual lip anatomy. During your consultation, Dr. Michael Thornton at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center will measure each lip length and determine the most appropriate size for you. There are three separate diameter sizes (3mm, 4mm, and 5mm) and each implant comes in three separate lengths for a total of nine possible choices.

What if I want to have the implant(s) removed?

Although the implant is designed to remain permanent, under specific personal circumstances, it may be removed should a person wish to return the lips to their original appearance.

What should I expect immediately post-operatively?

You should expect post-operative lip swelling, bruising, and tenderness with the majority of bruising and swelling resolving after the first week. Over the course of 7-10 days following the procedure, your lip swelling will resolve. Results are individualized.

Is the Surgisil Permalip procedure painful?

Dr. Thornton will perform the procedure using local anesthesia and facial nerve blocks. Acute discomfort usually resolves after the first 1-2 days with the use of prescribed pain medication, ice, and elevation.

When will I be able to see my results?

It may take several weeks to see your results. However, the operative site will be swollen for the first few days following the procedure. As the swelling subsides you will begin to see your final result. Results are individualized.

About the Author

Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.  Dr. Thornton attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and participates in advanced courses to offer you the latest techniques in facial cosmetic surgery.

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