A majority of today's women want full, voluptuous lips that can rival the celebrity puckers of Angelina Jolie, Scarlet Johansson and Renee Zellweger. While non-surgical lip injections may offer successful temporary lip augmentation results, permanent lip implants are a great choice for long-term lip enhancement.
Established lip implant materials include natural collagen tissue and synthetic polymers, but VeraFil Lip Implants now offer lip augmentation patients a new saline alternative! Read on for more details about VeraFil lip implants, including how they compare to implant standards like AlloDerm and Gore-Tex, and whether or not VeraFil implants are right for you!
VeraFil lip implants, also known as FulFil lip implants, were first manufactured by Evera Medical (formerly Juva Medical) several years ago. This lip implant was originally approved for use in Europe under the marketing name FulFil, but more recently was introduced to U.S. markets as VeraFil.
VeraFil lip implants were FDA approved for clinical trials in 2008, and many patients and plastic surgeons alike have been pleased and impressed with the results thus far. Unlike AlloDerm, Gore-Tex and PermaLip implants, or the newly conceived neck muscle lip implants, VeraFil implants use saline as their stand-out ingredient.
VeraFil lip implants utilize VeraMesh™ silicone technology to comprise their stretchy, balloon-like implant shell. The outside of the implant is thinly coated with teflon to enable gentle attachment of the implant to the natural lip tissue, while adding minimal firmness to the implant's feel and texture. The lip implant is inserted through minor incisions in the upper and lower lips, then filled post insertion with saline (much like a saline breast implant) and finally the incisions are closed with sutures.
Once the VeraFil lip implant is inserted, the recovery process is very similar to other permanent lip augmentation surgeries. Initially following lip implant surgery, patients may experience swelling, tenderness, pain, bruising, and possibly some light bleeding. In the first 1-2 weeks following lip implant surgery, patients should be consuming mostly soft foods, avoiding lip strain or exertion, and getting plenty of rest. Your plastic surgeon will provide more specific instructions for the VeraFil implant recovery process.
The main difference between VeraFil and other lip implants is its unique saline filler material. But how else does VeraFil compare and contrast with AlloDerm, Gore-Tex/SoftForm, and PermaLip implants?
AlloDerm was one of the first approved methods for lip implant surgery. This lip implant is comprised of natural collagen tissue. This tissue can be harvested directly from the lip implant patient, sometimes in conjunction with a fat removal or liposuction procedure, or it can be donor tissue. Using natural tissue for lip implants creates less risk of complications and implant rejection, not to mention an arguably more natural lip texture. However,VeraFil implant results last considerably longer.
SoftForm, Gore-Tex and UltraSoft lip implants use the polymer ePTFE to comprise the implant inserts. These polymer implants reportedly have micropores and shapes that help induce the natural lip tissue to bond with the implant. The ePTFE lip implants are very long-lasting, but some patients find the implant to be more rigid than natural tissue or VeraFil lip implants.
PermaLip implants are silicone-based, and reportedly feel more pliable than other synthetic implants. The PermaLip implant was also designed to be non-porous and nonpermeable, to eradicate silicone rupture concerns. Compared to VeraFil implants, silicone varieties may still be too firm in texture. Both PermaLip and VeraFil can provide near-permanent lip augmentation results if no complications occur.
Since lip tissue is very sensitive and fragile, the choice of lip augmentation technique and lip augmentation practitioner are very important. For this same reason, lip implants are riskier than implants inserted in thicker-skinned areas like the breasts and buttocks. These factors may persuade some patients to pursue temporary lip implant alternatives, like lip filler injections.
If surgical lip implants or lip lifts don't seem right for you, there are many temporary lip filler injections to choose from today. Popular lip filler materials include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite and natural collagen. Some of the most popular lip augmentation injections, which utilize these filler substances, include:
The choice to undergo lip implant surgery should be made after the patient has conducted personal research with regards to their lip implant options, and after having consulted with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon near you.
A knowledgeable lip implant surgeon can best inform patients about the pros and cons related to VeraFil lip implants. They can also evaluate which lip implant type will be best suited to the patients' needs.