Lip enhancement – Permalip implants vs lip fillers

Lip enhancement - Permalip implants vs lip fillers

If your lips are a little on the thin side and you find yourself pining for a plumper pout, you’re certainly not alone.

But luckily for those of us who weren’t blessed with naturally full lips, there are inexpensive ways to get them.

Depending on the treatment you choose, cosmetic lip enhancement can give you either a temporary volume boost or permanently fuller lips. But how do you know which to go for?

Permalip Implants vs Lip Fillers

Both techniques for lip enhancement have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Broadly speaking, if you’re looking for a permanent increase in lip volume, lip implants are the way to go. But if you’d rather a less-invasive, more short-term boost to your lips, injectable lip fillers are probably the better choice for you.

Permalip implants

Permalip implants are made from soft silicon gel enclosed in a strong outer skin – just like a breast implant. They are tapered at each end and thicker in the middle (“torpedo” shaped) to mimic the natural shape of the lips.

In the vast majority of cases, the implants are inserted while the patient is awake, under local anaesthetic, so no overnight stay is needed. The process usually takes no longer than 15-20 minutes per lip.

The major advantage of lip implants is that they give you complete control over exactly how big you want to go – and stay.

Unlike lip filler injections, once you’ve achieved your perfect size, it will stay that way. There’s no gradual “deflation”, and you won’t need to have any further treatment.

Lip fillers

Injectable lip fillers are minimally invasive, quick to perform, and adjustable. Unlike Permalip, you don’t have to choose and commit to a size before treatment. The amount of filler can be gradually topped up until you are satisfied with their size.

Lip fillers are usually made from hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body. This makes them very safe, but also means that the body will gradually reabsorb them over time.

So for this reason, lip fillers generally only last around 6 months before a top-up will be needed.

In the hands of a qualified and experienced practitioner, both methods of lip enhancement are safe and effective. It’s just a question of deciding what’s most important to you before going ahead with treatment.

So think to yourself – are you a low-maintenance kind of guy or gal who’d like to get treatment once and forget about it, even if it means having a more invasive procedure in the short-term?

Or do you prefer the idea of having more flexibility to change your results – even if it means needing to come back for repeat treatments every 6 months?

Over to you!

Aurora Skin Clinics are a nationwide cosmetic clinic led by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Adrian Richards. If you’d like more information about lip enhancement, whether surgical or non-surgical, give us a call on 01844 318825 or email