Lip augmentation can be risky. If done correctly, treatment therapies that give you firmer, fuller lips can make you look dramatic and stunning. But after seeing pictures of so many cases gone wrong, resulting in taut and comically large lips, you may be nervous to give it a try. If you’re looking for a natural and safe alternative way to increase your lip size, don’t turn to injections – give implants a try!

Life implants are a new trend in plastic surgery showing promising results. SurgiSil ™, a Texas medical device manufacturing company, recently introduced the Perma Facial Implant™. The product’s innovation is causing quite a buzz.

The Perma Facial Implant is a silicone implant designed for the lips, but with the capability for implantation into the cheeks, nose, and chin. It was approved by the FDA in 2007, and there are over 100 surgeons in the United States offering Perma Facial Implants. Unlike silicone injections, Perma Facial Implants consist of two solid elastomer pieces inserted into the lips. They come in different sizes, and can be easily removed if there are problems or you are unsatisfied. They look and feel smooth and natural. Because they are solid, they will not break or leak, nor will they develop scar tissue around the implant sight.

Although the cost of Perma Facial Implants is higher than injectable fillers, the procedure only has to be performed once or permanent results (unlike injections, which may be needed every few months). Following the surgery, you may experience side effects including swelling, bruising, and pain. You may be prescribed medication to help with these issues.

Although Perma implants are known to be safe an effective, there are other synthetic implants avialble. These include products like AlloDerm®, which is derived from human cadaver tissue. Although this product feels natural, it only lasts between six and 12 months. SoftForm, GORE-TEX® and Ultrasoft are other brands that rely on expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, a non-biodegradable synthetic polymer.

Meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the most important step in determining which procedure is the best fit for you. Any procedure of this sort should be conducted by a trained specialist. No matter what, the doctor can make a huge difference between making your lips look full and just awkwardly swollen.