What are Alloderm and Dermaplant? Both Alloderm and Dermaplant are derived from tissue of postmortem human donors. A thin layer of dermis tissue is taken from a human cadaver and medically manipulated into a protein only framework, or collagen graft. All cells which may cause rejection, are removed during this process.
What are the advantages of using Alloderm or Dermaplant? There is no risk of rejection, or contracting disease or other health problem from the Alloderm graft. The tissue essentially becomes your own so the look and feel is soft, natural and pliable.
What takes place during the procedure? How long will it take? Alloderm or Dermaplant lip augmentation is usually performed under local anesthesia, with or without light sedation, on an out patient basis. The procedure can last from 35 to 45 minutes on average.
How long is recovery? Major recovery/healing can last from 7 to 14 days, depending upon the patient’s physical health and correct follow through on post operative care following the surgery.
What are some of the possible side effects? Rejection and infection are very rare in this procedure. You may experience swelling, redness and some general discomfort immediately following surgery. You can expect to experience some shrinkage within the first 6 months following surgery.