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Reported October 9, 2006

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

By Caroline Penn, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- We've all seen plastic surgery gone wrong. Whether it's a lopsided chest or the permanently surprised face of an aging starlet, every procedure has its risks. For people who want fuller lips, getting the perfect pout can be complicated.

So what is the right solution for you? There are an increasing number of lip-plumping cosmetics on the market. But anyone who has experienced the burning sensation of cinnamon or cayenne pepper based lip gloss knows those plumpers are just a cheap, quick fix.

Presenters at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2006 conference in San Francisco are discussing the ups and downs of various fillers and implants. "Patients need to be aware of the risks and benefits of these products. Some fillers carry a higher risk of complication depending upon where they are injected, which can lead to unsatisfactory results," said Miles Graivier, MD, ASPS Member surgeon, who will be presenting at the conference.

The current standard for augmenting the pink part of the lip, or vermillion, is hyaluronic acid fillers, which are soft, but not permanent, and require touch ups every three to six months. The risk of visible lumps is reduced because the effects eventually fade away. If you want a permanent pout, an implant is just what the doctor ordered.

The problem is that most permanent implants, like Gore-Tex, can be hard to the touch. Now, there's a new saline filled lip implant called FulFil, which has a thin walled outer shell of teflon and silicone. The soft implant is placed into the lip deflated, then filled, similar to a saline breast implant. "I put the first three in the United States two weeks ago, today, actually," said Dr. Graivier.

FulFil is so new it's not available to the public yet. It has been FDA approved but only as an inter-nasal splint device. Each procedure takes about 15 minutes to 20 minutes under local anesthetic. "I'm the first in the U.S. to put them in. We are still working on prototypes that will be brought out to the plastic surgery community," Dr. Graivier said. It should be available to the public within the next two months.

According to the ASPS, nearly 26,000 non-injectable procedures were performed in 2005, up from 39 percent from 2000.

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SOURCE: Ivanhoe interview with Miles Graivier, M.D., ASPS Member surgeon and presenter at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2006 conference in San Francisco

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