A natural or
synthetic biocompatible material, or the patient's
own fat, is injected or implanted in the lips. One
injection is usually sufficient to produce the
desired result, which may be temporary, depending on
the material used. Injections may need to be
repeated periodically. Proper placement of the
injected material is important. AlloDerm, a natural
collagen sheet made from donated skin, is inserted
through tiny incisions inside the corners of the
mouth. Once the AlloDerm implant is in place, it
eventually becomes integrated with the natural
tissues. Gore-Tex, SoftForm and soft ePTFE are other
synthetic implant options.
- Immediate return
to normal activities (one-day return if sedated)
for nonsurgical procedures; depending on the
procedure and materials used, recovery period is
within a week for surgical procedures.
- AlloDerm and
Dermalogen do not require patients to provide
donor tissue and are not rejected by the body,
because they are human tissue. Usually they have
a pliable, natural feel.
implants are permanent, easily inserted and well
tolerated by the body.
procedures like collagen or fat injection can be
appealing to patients who want to experiment
with a fuller-lipped look, but not necessarily
commit to it.
The lips were
augmented to provide a more voluptuous
appearance. This can be achieved through
collagen injections or for a longer lasting
result, dermis can be used.