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All of us have heard about breast implants. We all basically know the pros and cons of these as well. But have you heard of a fairly new procedure called Fulfil which is an implant for one’s lips?
A company by the name of Juva Medical is the leader in this implant breakthrough which they call Fulfil. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved this procedure which involves using soft, saline and Teflon.
The first procedure involving the lips was first administration by a Dr. Graivier in September of 2006. In October of that year, he presented the results of the procedure to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in San Francisco. Since then, Dr. Graivier has performed many more.
The procedure is considered invasive in nature. A patient is first administrated a nerve blocking anesthesia. A small incision is made. Then a dissection is made between the space between the orbicularis muscle and the subdermal plane of the lips with a small curved scissors. Now an deflated implant is placed in this pocket area between the muscle and the subdermal plane. It is now filled with saline. The doctor now makes sure the level of saline is correct as is the position of the saline implant. If it is, the fill tube is now removed. The hole will fill itself.
The process only takes about 15 to 30 minutes. After the procedure, the patient is given a prescription for some antibiotics. The patient is also instructed to use ice on the area and to avoid excessive puckering pf the lips.
Patients can experience some swelling for 2 to 6 days. But most patients are presentable and are able to socialize within 48 hours of the procedure.
According to Masri clinic plastic surgery & laser center, a patient can have both their lower and upper lips implanted with this silicone at the same time. According to the Dr. Graiveier the patient achieves natural looking results and he has a high rate of satisfaction.
Maybe you would rather go with an injections instead of a silicon implant. What is the difference? The injections are usually hyaluronic acid based and are of high quality. The problem is that they only last about 4 to 6 months.
Right now the implants come in two different lengths and four different fill volumes. Both Dr. Graivier and the company Juva are working for greater development of this product.
A study was done on patients in South American and India who had these implants or other facial implants done. The study involved 107 patients, two thirds who had implants of the lips done, a total of 201 implants (some patients had both upper and lower lips augmentation). Of these patients, 80% said that they were still satisfied to very satisfied 3 months after surgery and that number went up to 90% after six months.
So far, no patients have suffered any adverse affects to the procedure. Two patients did suffer valve failures in the beginning of the study. But since then the valves have been updated. Two other patients did desire larger implants.
If an implant ever needs to be replaced, the procedure is also an easy one. An incision is made and the implant is dissected out and a new one can slid right in place of it.
The cost of a lip implant will vary from the provider and possibly even the provider’s location. Those who really want the work done say it is worth it.
If you want to learn a lot about lip augmentations, fillers and all the above here is a website that has a message boards that is operated by women have actually tried many different procedures. Sometimes we can learn a lot from other people’s failures and triumphs.