Lip Implants: StoriesWrite a Review
Looking Better - NYC
- updated 3 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $3,000
- Steven J. Pearlman, MD (New York City)
I got Perma Facial Implants in my upper and lower...
- 22 Nov 2010
I got Perma Facial Implants in my upper and lower lips 4 days ago. I think the results will end up looking quite nice. I tend to bruise and swell easily, which was the case, although in the last two days this has improved immensely. Still, I expect lingering swelling for a few weeks. I am eager to see what they will look like in about 2 months.
From previous experience with cosmetic surgery, I realize now that it takes the body some time to recover, and everyone heals at a different rate. I am in my early 50s and my lips had lost volume due to age. Also, I had fine lines appeared on my upper lip although I have never smoked. I didn't want to get repeated injections of Restylane or whatever, to keep my lips plump. Not only is it a hassle, but over time, very costly. Perma Facial Implant is a great alternative.
It has been over two months since my lips were...
- 27 Jan 2011
The lip implants have completely rejuvenated my lips. Now they match the rest of my face (which I refreshed about 3 years ago with a face and brow lift). My lips look naturally plump and full like they did years ago, with a nice projection too. The final result is very natural-looking...no "trout pout" or over-done puffer-fish look here! I especially love the fact that now I can simply apply a little lip gloss and they look fabulous.
People I know tell me I look great, but they can't put their finger on the change. When I tell them I had my lips done, they are surprised because my lips look very natural and beautiful.
One nice surprise...I really don't feel or notice the implants. I wasn't sure how they would feel. I was concerned I would always be conscious of their presence, but this just hasn't been the case. My boyfriend says my lips feel a little firmer when he kisses me now, but says that I am quite kissable with the implants!
Bottom line, I think Perma Facial Implant is a great solution for permanent lip augmentation (or rejuvenation in my case), when the procedure is done by a skilled and experienced facial cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Pearlman.
It's been almost 3 months since I got the Perma...
- 8 Feb 2011
If someone asked me about getting these lip implants, I'd tell them that if you want a permanent solution (vs. repeated injections of a dermal filler, and the on-going expense), go for it. I'm not sure about fat grafting and things like Alloderm(R) (cadaver tissue),but I've heard the long-term results vary and are unpredictable. You would have to talk to your plastic surgeon and then decide for yourself, but for me, a permanent solution with predictable, long-lasting results, is compelling. That is why I chose Perma Facial Implant.
The implant itself is soft and pliable, so the feel is close to natural. Due to the nature of the implant material (a solid silicone elastomer), there's no tissue in-growth (a problem with previous lip implants). This means they can be easily removed if you decided to change the size or whatever.
For me, the total healing time took a few weeks (to where my lips felt natural and comfortable again), but the swelling subsided in just a few days. If you get the implants done on a Thursday morning, you should look good enough to go back to work on Monday, based on my experience.
I highly recommend following the post-op exercise instructions. A few weeks after the procedure and when OK'd by your plastic surgeon, Surgisil offers some easy, daily exercises. They are stretching exercises, not massage. In fact, Surgisil specifically tells you not to massage. Doing these exercises helped my lips regain a natural feel. I can smile broadly and open my mouth as wide as I can without any discomfort or pulling sensation.
Last but not least, and I've said this before, find an experienced, board-certified cosmetic/plastic surgeon like Dr. P., with a great reputation and an excellent track record. An outstanding surgeon and a great product like Perma Facial Implant, is a winning combination.
OK, it has been almost 4 1/2 months since I got...
- 25 Mar 2011
Before I underwent the procedure I figured my lips would look 1000% better, but I was concerned about the feel of the implants. I don't have other implants in my body so all of this was all new to me.
Below is some additional info about my personal experience with permanent lip rejuvenation with Perma Facial Implant.
- The first 2-3 days after the implants were placed were a little difficult because I had a good deal of swelling and some minor bruising. Having undergone facial plastic surgery in the past, I knew I would swell and bruise...that's how I heal, but my lips were huge (to me). I didn't freak out and good thing, because in about a week or so, they looked much better. Today, they look AMAZING...so youthful and natural. I just love putting on a little lip gloss and the looking in the mirror and thinking WOW! The only thing I would do differently is not wait so long to get my lips done!
So how did I feel about the healing process?
- Did my lips feel tight after the implants were placed? Yes, for a while. After I was OK'd to do the stretching exercises recommended by Surgisil,I felt some tightness/pulling and a slight amount of discomfort. Actually, discomfort isn't the right word, but it felt weird. As time went on this disappeared. Today, 4.5 months later, I can smile and open my mouth as wide as possible, even in an exaggerated fashion, and I don't feel anything unnatural.
Can I feel the implant? Yes, if I place a lip between my thumb and forefinger, I can feel it in there, but it's very soft and pliable, and it doesn't hurt. I mean, what do you expect when you have an implant in your lip? You're going to be able to feel it, but it's not awkward.
Am I still "kissable"? Oh yeah, my boyfriend can attest to this. (: To be completely honest, it took a little practice with the implants to get my kissing mojo back in place. I think I was too self-conscious of the implants at first. Now, there's no difference. Same thing with drinking from a straw. At first it wasn't the same, now I barely notice a difference.
I hope this info helps people. Of course, all of us are unique and our experiences are different. For me, PermaLip is an absolutely wonderful product and I credit the skill and talent of my cosmetic surgeon, as well as the product, for the excellent outcome.
Six months have passed since I had my lips...
- 19 May 2011
Bottom line, in the hands of a gifted plastic surgeon, Perma Facial Implant is a great way to augment and rejuvenate your lips, based on my personal experience.
OK this is most likely my last post on the Perma...
- 28 Oct 2011
The ultimate test with the lip implants was going to the dentist. I had to get an old filling replaced and was wondering what it would be like to sit with my mouth agape and the dentist doing work. No problem!
So again, for me personally, bottom line, I LOVE the implants and am a huge fan. I think they are an amazing product and I recognize that this, along with the incredible skill of my cosmetic surgeon, has made my case a very successful one.
It has been over two years since I had implants...
- 27 Feb 2013
My Doctor: Steven J. Pearlman, MD
The cosmetic surgeon who did the lip implants is amazing. He explains things in understandable terms and takes the time to listen. Talented, honest, skilled, helpful, compassionate, and experienced are just a few of the words that describe Dr. P. I also enjoy his dry wit. His staff is awesome too, reflecting his patient-centered approach and commitment to personalized care.