PermaLip implants offer natural-looking lip augmentation for almost anyone who feels self-conscious about their thin lips. If you want fuller lips and have been considering a PermaLip implant, here is everything you need to know when preparing for your procedure.
A PermaLip implant is a surgical procedure that uses an implanted material, typically silicone, to create fuller, plumper lips. The soft silicone material is flexible so the implant will be comfortable and allow for natural movements without the implant being seen. PermaLip has earned its name because it offers nearly permanent results that last about 10 years.
Surgeons make an incision in the corner of the upper or lower lip and create a tunnel for the tube-shaped implant inside the lip. Next, the surgeon determines the size of the lip implant needed. This is done by taking a tissue graft from inside the mouth, measuring its dimensions, and cutting it to size. The PermaLip implant is inserted into the incision site, and the excess tissue graft is sutured over the implant to give a natural look.
PermaLip is a great option for patients who want a more permanent lip augmentation than lip fillers can offer. Unlike Juvéderm or Restylane fillers, there are no repeated injections needed after your PermaLip procedure so if you have been receiving fillers for some time and enjoy the appearance of augmented lips, this is a great next step. Although PermaLip is a surgical procedure, it is minimally invasive and the scars left are concealed in the corners of your mouth, making them practically invisible.
Smoking causes blood vessels to narrow. As a result, the body’s blood supply is reduced, making it difficult to heal after surgery. Smoking can also cause the body to produce less natural collagen and elastin, which support skin tissue, making scars more visible. If you smoke, make sure to stop at least 2 weeks before your procedure and try to stop your habit after your PermaLip treatment.
Herbal supplements and pain relievers such as Ibuprofen can cause blood thinning which increases the risk of bleeding during and after the PermaLip procedures. Patients may need to stop taking certain medications before surgery to reduce scarring and swelling so make sure to ask your doctor about this at your consultation.
After the procedure, you may need someone to drive you since you will have been under anesthesia and sedatives. During the first few days, swelling and pain is also expected so don’t be afraid to ask for help when it comes to driving, food preparation, and other daily tasks.
New Image Plastic Surgery in San Antonio specializes in PermaLip implants and will answer any further questions you may have. Schedule a consultation today with our expert team by calling our office or filling out an online contact form.