Women's health

The new lip implant - using neck muscle

stock image No need for artificial fillers

Many consider the pouty lip look to be a desirable feature, and the "Angelina Jolie" look is one of the most popular requests by woman having cosmetic surgery.

This may be because a reduction in the size and fullness of our lips is often one of the signs of ageing. But current cosmetic procedures such as collagen injections are far from satisfactory and can often leave the patient looking worse that before the operation - as was the case with actress Lesley Sharp.

Now a new procedure pioneered in Florida (where else?) has used tissue from the patient's own neck to improve the look of their lips.

The surgery can be carried out at the same time as a face-lift, and involves removing muscle and surrounding tissue from the side of the neck and inserting it into the lips.

After reviewing the experience of 25 patients, one of the developers of the procedure, Dr Anurag Agarwal, commented: "Our patients have been thrilled with the natural feel and appearance, without the need for an artificial filler or implant."

However it should be noted that the effects of the procedure only last for around two years - eventually the benefits will fade with time.

The details of the procedure are published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

This article was published on Wed 17 March 2010

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