The FDA has approved the use of popular filler Restylane for lip augmentation.
The filler is already approved to treat facial wrinkles and folds, like those from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Many cosmetic surgeons are already skilled at using Restylane for lip augmentation because they had been using it as an off-label treatment for enhancing the lips prior to FDA approval.
According to a release from Medicis, maker of Restylane, a clinical study showed that the results last up to six months.
The study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Restylane for lip augmentation had 180 patients. Some received Restylane injections at the beginning and then were retreated at six months. Participants who did not get treatment at the start of the study received their first Restylane treatment at six months. Patients kept diaries for two weeks after treatment.
The study found that Restylane was well tolerated and effective for lip augmentation; side effects included pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising, and none were serious.
Patients in the study were clearly happy with the results, as 80 percent chose to get Restylane treatment again after six months.
Restylane was the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved in the U.S. It launched here in January 2004, and according to Medicis, it has been used in over 10 million treatments worldwide.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body, and over time, Restylane is resorbed by the body as the treatment results wear off.
Results can be seen immediately after your Restylane treatment, and there is no downtime or recovery period after the procedure.
Learn more about Restylane for lip augmentation.