Wide polytef (Gore-Tex) implants in lip augmentation and nasolabial groove correction

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996 Jun;122(6):664-70. 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, < or = 10 mm, and thickness, 4 mm; nasolabial groove correction: width, 8 mm, and thickness, < or = 8 mm) were found to be safe, simple, and effective.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Face / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lip / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Surgery, Plastic*


  • Polytetrafluoroethylene