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Nov212006

Lips and Silikon 1000...a good combination?

lips_red_lg.bmpGrandma...is that you?

A good friend of mine recently confessed to me that she had seen one of my competitors and gotten Silikon 1000 in her lips.  I usually treat her for Restylane that we use judiciously in her nasolabial folds and her lips.  We also use a little Botox around her eyes.  She is 31 years old and has a beautiful face.  Her lips are full, but she wants "luscious!"  Her assistant had had it done with Dr. T and "she looked amazing."  And when my friend went to his office, his entire staff of young women all had gorgeous bee-stung lips. 

Now, for a moment, just forget all the stories of granuloma risk and inflammation.  Let us pretend that Silikon 1000 in the lips is 100% safe.  I actually do have Silikon 1000 in my office.  But I've only used it in a handful is situations.  One woman had been "butchered" (her term, not mine) by a oral surgeon and felt it left 2 divots in her lower lip.  I carefully filled these in.  Another woman's right upper lip dropped lower than her left from lingering Bell's palsy.  I used it to even out her lips. 

I have two patients who want to look like Angelina Jolie. I can't seem to put enough Restylane into their lips. One of them is from Texas and she said to me, "Honey, bigger is ALWAYS better!"  But the vast majority of my patients who want lip augmentation want only a slightly fuller look.  And so what happens when Angelina is no longer the superstar?  What happens when thin, straight, bead-like lips are in style?  Or what happens when all these young, beautiful woman with these mammoth sized lips get old and are grandmothers?  Their faces will continue to age in the normal, dynamic manner.  But those Silikon lips will be permanent!  I keep getting the visual of a faded tattoo on the side of  a wrinkled, sagging breast.   

Reader Comments (12)

Big. Big. Big. How many times have we heard that?

I always use a temp. filler before a long lasting one. You just can't take some things back.
11.21 | Unregistered CommenterDermdoc

I had a doc years ago that did silicone 1000 to lips, she had the patients sign 4 different consents. She made them pay 2k, she would micro inject slowly, and have them come over many months. At her discretion, she would cut them off. She was an artist.
I know this section does not say physician to I stayed at the holiday inn express last night, but I was wondering, becuase of my clueless, if you might have a little bit of foregiveness when it comes to the furure in the permanency of the fullness in that the lips will loose some of their nature volume with the aging process?

Thanks
-Pain

If I were to have silikon 1000 injected into my lips. How many cc's would be recommended per procedure? .25?

08.13 | Unregistered CommenterAGELESS

There are many problems associated with silicone as a soft tissue injection material. Migration of the material, granulomas, chronic irritation, drainage.....

There are some people that claim these issues are just "not a problem".

I would not recommend the use of this product in any way whatsoever. Just my 2 cents.

10.28 | Unregistered CommenterTF

I read on a website that silikon 1000 is not permanate and that the injections last only 2 years. I have read elsewhere that they are permanate and can only be surgically removed. I am confused please explain why someone might say they last only two years while others say they last forever.

01.13 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

"What happens when thin, straight, bead-like lips are in style?"

I don't see that happening. If it were to, it wouldn't be for any appreciable amount of time. Big lips are considered sexy for a reason.

02.8 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I'll never understand why some women think that it's attractive to look like a fish!

07.9 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

I had a permanent silicon product called Dermagen skillfully injected into my lips in Mexico over 10 years ago--and to this day receive compliments on how they look. There have never been any side effects, and I am wondering if Silikon 1000 might be a similar product? The effect has been natural with no trout lips.

09.25 | Unregistered CommenterCalimom

I had my lips done with Silikon 1000 and they look amazing!!!! The whole issue with permanent fillers is to find a Doctor who KNOWS how to use these fillers! My lips were done over three sessions, 6 weeks apart and they look fuller BUT natural! Find the right Doctor and you won't look back!

03.14 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I love racy pictures!

05.25 | Unregistered CommenterVava Voom

Silikon 1000 in my lips made me very sick and I eventually developed lymphoma

11.10 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Silikon 1000 may seem like a good idea for now. But, please, think about the future. All facial structures change with time and even you will get to your 50's and beyond.
It is not a matter of knowing how to inject this particular product but dealing with it in your future. So, my 2 cents, think twice and...do not do it

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