This guide provides information about Gore-Tex implants, their uses, how they benefit surgical enhancement and pricing considerations.
What are Gore-Tex Implants?
Gore-Tex implants are a subcutaneous augmentation material used by cosmetic and plastic surgeons for multiple cosmetic enhancement purposes. The substance is actually known as expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (e-PTFE). Implants made from Gore-Tex are permanent fillers available in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be used to change the shape of the nose in rhinoplasty surgery, to enhance the cheeks, lips or the chin and also to repair defects such as deep lines, folds and scarring.
Gore-Tex Implants for Wrinkles
As we age, wrinkles become deeper and clearly show that the skin is aging. This is particularly the case with facial lines and creases. Gore-Tex can be used by cosmetic surgeons in off the shelf strips and further customized in order to further soften out unsightly facial folds and furrows.
One such concern with many patients is the nasolabial folds (lines between the bottom of the nose and the corners of the mouth). Elderly patients in particular can have significantly deep nasolabial creases, creating an aged appearance and sagging cheeks. This can also be seen in persons who have experienced significant weight loss where the skin has ended up drooping, creating deep nose to mouth lines.
Another facial area where Gore-Tex can be implanted is deep glabellar lines (the frown lines running from the mouth corners to the chin). These creases can make the person appear angry, even without making any facial expressions. Since Gore-Tex can be further shaped and customized by plastic surgeons, this material is ideal for enhancing the facial region through surgery.
Cosmetic surgeons often recommend that patients first try less invasive means of anti-ageing such as injectable Gore-Tex Implantss and anti-wrinkle injections. Where the patient is unsatisfied with the temporary results of injections, then Gore-Tex implants may be considered for filling out the facial depressions on a permanent basis.
Gore-Tex Implants for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty involves reshaping the structures of the nose to open up the nasal passage to alleviate snoring and also for aesthetic purposes to give the nose a more harmonious contour. This may involve removing cartilage, moving the septum and/or nostrils or even cutting down bone. However, implants may be used as opposed to restructuring bone in order to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result with the least invasive option for the patient.
Gore-Tex implants are used successfully by surgeons for reshaping the nose in this way. For example, if the patient has a nasal hump, this may be corrected by adding a Gore-Tex implant toward the tip of the nose. The implants are beneficial for rhinoplasty since they can be shaped specifically to the patient and do not change shape after implantation (as opposed to using the patient’s own fat or cartilage).
Gore-Tex Implants for Lips
Patients who suffer from thin lips or are concerned about their vertical lip lines have various options for alleviating these problems. Injectable lip enhancement, with products such as Botox or Juvederm, offers a temporary solution. Where the patient is looking for a more permanent measure for augmenting the lips, Gore-Tex implants can be used to surgically enhance this area.
The benefit of using implants made of Gore-Tex is that they are permanent and do not require ongoing injections which may be painful for many patients. After inserting Gore-Tex implants into the lips, patients have fuller looking luscious lips with decreased vertical lines.
Procedure for Inserting Gore-Tex Implants
When Gore-Tex implants are used for cosmetic surgery, a small incision is made to allow for insertion. A pocket or gap is created underneath the skin where the implant will be positioned. Once inserted and positioned correctly the wound is closed with incisions. Most procedures where Gore-Tex implants are used only require a local anesthetic. In some cases sedation may be used. Even though the implant is permanent, it can be surgically removed at any time if the patient is dissatisfied with the results or if any reaction occurs. The product does not require any allergy testing prior to implantation.
Depending on where the implants are being inserted, typical timeframes for the procedure range between 30 minutes to an hour. After the operation, the patient may experience mild pain and bruising and swelling for approximately one to two weeks. A sensation of tightness is also common at the implantation site. Whilst Gore-Tex implants provide a permanent alternative to injectables, the implant can be felt underneath the skin and also requires longer recovery.
How much does Gore-Tex Implants Cost? Price Information
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Cost of Gore-Tex Implants for Facial Rejuvenation: $900 to $1,900
Gore-Tex Implants for Nose Reshaping: $1,700 to $2,500
Cost of Gore-Tex Implants for Lip Augmentation: $700 to $1,500
These Prices are for Implant Placement and Usually Include: Local anesthesia, surgeon fees, facility/hospital fees
Additional costs of Gore-Tex Implants may include:
- pain medication
- general anesthetic
Medicare/Medicaid: Not for cosmetic surgery
Private Health Insurance: Not covered for cosmetic procedures
Financing: May be offered by the clinic or medical finance companies
Factors affecting the Cost of Gore-Tex Implants:
- which area is being treated
- whether standard implant shapes can be used or if the implants require customization
- how extensive the procedure is
- size of the area being surgically enhanced
When asking for a quote, ask the clinic for the total cost including all fees and whether any rebates, specials or discounts apply.
How to Find the Best Gore-Tex Implants Surgeon
Implant placement is a plastic surgery procedure which requires specialty training and experience. Although any doctor can be a cosmetic surgeon and claim to practice in plastic surgery, invasive surgeries should only be done by a plastic surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To ensure the surgeon is also experienced in cosmetic surgery, find out if they are a member of the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). If the surgeon does not have hospital privileges for the procedure, make sure that the surgeon’s facility is accredited, state licensed or certified by Medicare.
Be sure to ask your doctor which procedures they specialize in, where they trained and how many treatments they’ve performed. Obtain lots of before and after photos of patients they’ve treated for the same area using Goretex Implants.
Even if a doctor has the right credentials, this does not mean they will be good at inserting and placing Gore-Tex Implants. Apart from researching their formal qualifications and training, try to find customer reviews to see the overall satisfaction rate of your potential doctor. Independent recommendations are invaluable for assessing the best doctor or surgeon who is most experienced in the treatment. Don’t be tempted to opt for the cheapest cost without considering the above factors. A cheap center may not offer the experience you desire. Also, you may wish to consider whether you feel more comfortable with a female or male physician.
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