Lip Implants

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Lip Implants Lip implants are an effective surgical procedure for adding immediate, long-lasting volume to thin lips. Incisions are usually made at the corners of the lips under local or general anesthesia; then an implant is inserted into one lip, or into both the upper and lower lip.

Compared to dermal fillers for lip augmentation, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse or Collagen, lip implants are chosen by patients seeking semi-permanent or permanent lip augmentation. Popular lip implant options include:

  • AlloDerm®
  • SoftForm®
  • Ultrasoft
  • Perma Facial Implants™ or PermaLip implants

Different lip implant varieties use different materials to augment the lips, such as natural collagen, silicone or synthetic polymers. Discuss all lip implant options with your plastic surgeon before making a choice. Other surgical lip procedures include lip lifts and lip reduction


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Time Required for Lip Implants:
Lip implant surgery generally takes 1-2 hours, depending on the patient.
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Is Lip Implants an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
Lip implant surgery is an outpatient procedure. 
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What are the Side Effects of Lip Implants?
Lip implant side effects may include bruising, bleeding, swelling, infection, allergic reactions, or hardening of implant materials.
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How Long do Lip Implants results last?
Depending on how the patient responds to their lip implants, and on the implant material selected, lip implants can be semi-permanent to permanent.

Alloderm and other natural collagen or human tissue-based lip implants will last roughly 1-2 years at the most. Over time, the body may reabsorb this tissue causing the implants to diminish.

Synthetic or polymer lip implants like SoftForm, GORE-TEX or the Perma Facial Implant can produce permanent results.

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What is the recovery time for Lip Implants?
Lip implant recovery times can range from 1-2 weeks, depending on the patient. Patients can expect to spend a minimum of 3 days off work post surgery, and should refrain from exercise and exertion for 2-4 weeks post procedure.

During the initial recovery phase, lip implant patients are restricted from smoking. They should also take painkillers and prescribed ointment as needed to decrease discomfort. For the first 4-7 days after lip implant surgery, patients should only consume soft foods that don't require chewing, like jello, yogurt or pudding.  

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Will my insurance company cover Lip Implants?
Lip implant surgery is only covered by insurance if the procedure is correcting a congenital birth defect, or a lip deformity or injury.
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Is there much discomfort for Lip Implants?
During the first week post lip implant surgery, patients may experience moderate to severe discomfort while they're recovering.

To combat any post surgery discomfort, lip implant patients should keep to a consistent painkiller schedule, apply lip ointment or ice packs as needed, get plenty of rest, and follow any other directions given to them by their surgeon.

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What types of anesthesia is necessary for Lip Implants?
Lip implants will require local or general anesthesia.
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What else is Lip Implants referred to as?
Lip augmentation, lip enhancement, lip enlargement, lip implant surgery, etc.
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