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PermaLip / Perma Facial Implant



PermaLip was invented by two surgeons in the United States in 2002.  It has finally gotten FDA approval for the US market for tissue augmentation of the face and lips.  PermaLip is made by SurgiSil in Plano, Texas - and is composed of a soft solid, silicone elastomer using an injection molding process to produce a naturally contoured implant with  a smooth, non – porous surface which cannot rupture or deflate and will not degrade over time

PermaLip is softer than some of the other lip implants that are offered and tapered on both sides to follow the natural contour of the lips - which helps produce a much more natural appearance than other lip or facial implants.

PermaLip and Perma Facial cannot rupture or deflate, and may be removed at any time.  Perma Facial Implant is contoured, has a smooth surface to minimize tissue in-growth, and is completely reversible if you should decide to take this out. Tissue in-growth with lip or facial implants mimics the same problems that occur with breast implants with capsular contracture from scar tissue - which creates a harden layer of scar tissue surrounding the implant. 



                                                       Image courtesy of SurgiSil

                                                          PermaLip Implant




                                                      Image courtesy of SurgiSil

                                                          Perma Facial Implants



PermaLip and Perma Facial implants come in various diameters and lengths to accommodate each individual's own tissue characteristics.  A total of nine different sizes are available.

  • Contoured to mimic the anatomy of the lip.

  • Surface reduces the risk of tissue adhesion or tissue in-growth. 

  • Implants can be removed at any time.

  • Provided in sterile diameters of 3, 4, 5 millimeters and lengths of 55, 60, and 65 millimeters.




The PermaLip Implant is placed like other lip implants through tiny incisions in the corners of the mouth.  The procedure is carried out under a local anesthetic with the device threaded through the tunnel and centered into place.  The procedure takes anywhere from 15  - 45 minutes to perform.  Recovery includes some swelling and bruising which will normally reside within a week.   There will be some discomfort for a few days following surgery, however; oral pain medication which will be prescribed by your surgeon will help.

Post-operative advise includes taking an antibiotic to help fight infection, an anti-viral to prevent any rejection from a foreign body reaction and narcotic pain medication.  Patients are required to massage the implant for after the first two or three days to make sure the implant doesn't become fixed on one side of the lip - and to make sure you have full movement of your lips.   Massaging the implants will continue for the next three to four weeks as the implant settles in the lip.




The following risks and or complications can occur with PermaLip Implants:

  • bruising

  • swelling

  • temporary numbness

  • temporary skin irregularity

  • infection

  • excessive scarring

  • asymmetry

  • bleeding

  • permanent numbness




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