What are SoftForm, UltraSoft, Gore-Tex and Advanta? SoftForm, UltraSoft, Gore-Tex and Advanta implants are made from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, which is a non-reactive, non-toxic polymer. This material has a very long track record as a safe, biocompatible and inert implant. Designs for these implants differ, as outlined below, however each is designed so that tissue grows in and around the implant which creates stability and reduces chance for migration.
What are the major differences between SoftForm, UltraSoft Advanta and Gore-Tex?
What are the advantages of using a polytetrafluoroethylene implant? Lip implants with SoftForm, UltraSoft, Gore-Tex and Advanta offer a more defined appearance versus a plumped up, pouty look. Second, although the results are permanent, they are reversible as well. One very important advantage of this lip augmentation procedure is that shrinkage is minimal if at all, as compared to Alloderm and Dermaplant. In addition, the cost is approximately the same.
What takes place during the procedure? This lip augmentation procedure is performed under local anesthesia, with or without light sedation, on an out patient basis. The implants are inserted through tiny incisions using a small needle. The procedure can last from 35 to 60 minutes on average.
How long is recovery and what are the possible side effects? You will experience swelling, some general discomfort, tightness and possibly bruising for one or two weeks. It is possible that the implant may be felt through the lips. Again, healing and recovery are dependent upon patient health and correct follow through on post operative care following the surgery. Complications during this procedure are very rare, especially when performed by a qualified facial surgeon.