Restylane, a popular facial filler for wrinkles and fine lines, has recently received FDA approval for lip augmentation procedures. Cosmetic surgeons and medical spas can now offer Restylane as a lip-plumping treatment and studies show that this filler may be very effective for creating thick, voluminous lips without the need for lip implants.
Restylane was approved as an anti-aging treatment for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles in 2003, and is often used to treat nasolabial folds. It has been used for lip augmentation on an off-label basis, but may now be marketed and promoted as a filler for lip augmentation procedures.
Take a look at these Restylane before and after photos to see how effective this injectable filler can be. If you’re thinking about a lip augmentation procedure, talk to a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if Restylane will be the right choice for your treatment.
The FDA approval of Restylane makes it the first in its class for lip augmentation and will allow Medicis, the manufacturer, to market the product as a lip-plumping treatment. Previously, Restylane was only used to treat facial wrinkles and fine lines, and is one of the best options for treating Marionette lines (wrinkles around the mouth, or “smile lines”). The facial filler is very similar to Juvederm in composition and is often used to increase facial volume and tighten up the skin.
Some physicians around the country have been using Restylane to augment the lips, and have noticed an increase in demand for Restylane lip injections over the years. The hyaluronic acid gel filler can be effective for creating a natural look and may have a low risk of creating the “fish lips” that are common with other injectable fillers used for lip augmentation. This filler has proven to be effective for lifting up the lips and creating a fuller, more voluminous lips without the need for lip implants.
The lip augmentation treatment only takes a few minutes and the patient can go home right after the injection. Side effects may include some soreness and tenderness at the injection site, and like all fillers, there is some risk of infection. Still, this can be a valuable alternative to other hyaluronic acid fillers for lip augmentation.
Thinking about a lip augmentation procedure? Talk to a cosmetic surgeon in your area about your options. Take a look at these Restylane before and after photos to see examples of successful outcomes with this injectable filler.