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June 1996

Wide Polytef (Gore-Tex) Implants in Lip Augmentation and Nasolabial Groove Correction

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(6):664-670. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890180070017

Objective:  To describe a new technique of polytef (Gore-Tex) implantation into the upper and lower lips and nasolabial grooves by using large implants as a method that achieves effective cosmetic improvement.

Setting:  A private cosmetic surgery center.

Participants:  Thirty-three (female) patients who desired fuller lips and 62 patients (52 female and 10 male) who requested less prominent cheek lip grooves.

Main Outcome Measure:  Significant patient satisfaction after 12 to 54 months.

Results:  Conspicuous aesthetic effect that related to both lip and nasolabial groove correction was documented. All patients but 4 (2 in each group) were pleased with the final outcome of the treatment.

Conclusions:  In the opinion of the authors, the threading technique of polytef implantation creates inconspicuous improvement—both in lip augmentation and nasolabial groove correction. Large polytef implants that were inserted through a tunneling technique produced consistently good results. Implants (lip augmentation: width, ≤10 mm, and thickness, 4 mm; nasolabial groove correction: width, 8 mm, and thickness, ≤8 mm) were found to be safe, simple, and effective.(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122:664-670)