Can Gore-tex Be Removed from Lips?

I had gortex put in my lips several years ago and it has since searated and is bumpy. Is there an 'easy' way to have it removed and if so, how long following removal can I have Restylane injected (if ever)?

Doctor Answers 10

Gore-tex Removal from Lips

Hello and thank you for the question.

Gore-tex can be removed from the lips. It requires making small incisions in the lip through which the gore-tex may be carefully dissected out and explanted.  Once the the swelling has resided from the explantation, and this may take several months in some case, an injectable HA-filler such as Juvederm or Restylane may be used to create revolumization and re-establish anatomic balance.

Kindest Regards,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Gore-tex in lip

Gore-tex in the lip can probably be removed with a small incision.  I would give it a few months to settle down before having fillers in the lip placed.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Removal of Gortex from lips

Gortex implants can be removed from the lips and will require small incisions at the corners of the lips.  Once the lips have healed adequately (probably several months), you may have the lips injected with Restylane.

Andrew P. Giacobbe, MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Gortex lip implants and removal and Restylane

The Gortex implant can usually be removed via a small incision at the corner of the lips.  I would wait approximately six months before injecting Restylane into the lips following the Gortex removal.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Goretex needs a small incision to be removed

Unfortunately there is no "easy" way to remove a GoreTex implant, at least no non-surgical way. Usually it comes quite nicely through one or several small incisions, the latter if the implant is broken in several pieces. I would definitely let your lip settle for half a year before any new procedure for lip augmentation

Alexis Verpaele, MD
Belgium Plastic Surgeon

Gortex implant in the lip

Gortex implants can be removed from the lip through a small incision in the lip.  After removal, you probably ought to wait 6 months for the tissue to settle, before considering filler injections.  If your immune system has developed what we call a "foreign body reaction" to the goretex material, even after removal it is possible that your lip may be bumpy.  The implant should be removed, regardless. 

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
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Removal of Goretex implants or silicone injections from the lip

Goretex implants were once used commonly for lip augmentation and are rarely used currently as they have been replaced by Juvederm or Restylane lip injections. Goretex can usually be removed from the lips using small incisions.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Removing gortex implants from lips

The gortex can be remove via an incision near the corner of the mouth. It varies how well the implant is removed. I would recommend waiting until the post-operative swelling subsides before having restylane placed. This would probably take several months, though this may vary depending on how traumatic the gortex removal was.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Removing Gortex from Lips

The Gor-Tex can be removed and if there is a problem should definitely be removed. How easy it can be done is individual in nature. In some people you find the gor-tex easily and it all pulls out quickly. In others it can be much harder to find and remove. 

Richard Galitz, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Goretex can be removed

Yes, I've removed quite a bit og Gortex from the lips and I prefer using a small incision on the inside of the lips.  This combined with a careful, focused blunt dissection allows the removal of the Gortex with the least amount of trauma to the lips.

I used quite a bit of Gortex 15 years ago for lip augmentation and now use Alloderm as my primary method of lip enhancement.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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