Restylane Dermal Fillers Receive FDA Approval for Lip Augmentation

Restylane Now Acceptable for Lip AugmentationRestylane, 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.

Further Reading

  • Miley Cyrus is undergoing a makeover, freshening up her look with a spiky new haircut and to the surprise of many fans, augmenting her lips. Recent pictures of Miley show her with much a much thicker and larger pout, which could be the result of a lip augmentation procedure. Lip plumping treatments are among the most popular minimally-invasive treatments and are usually performed with some type of filler. Restylane and Juvederm are some of the popular injectable used to enhance the lips, and many people believe these fillers produce the most natural appearance.

  • Khloe Kardashian made headlines recently after the paparazzi caught her with the infamous “trout pout” – the result of too many injectable fillers in the lips. Kim Kardashian’s younger sister appeared to have some very swollen and lumpy lips after leaving a Beverly Hills salon last week and many are suspecting that that star had cosmetic surgery. Celebrity plastic surgery doctor Dr. Anthony Youn did not treat Khloe Kardashian but believes that the star did have some type of injectable filler. He tells, “Khloe has a trout pout! The excessively plump appearance of her lips could be due to injections of a filler like Juvederm. Her upper lip is larger than her lower lip, causing her mouth to resemble a trout’s. Most injectable fillers last about 6 months in the lips, so given enough time we may see her lips shrink to a smaller and more typical size.” Another plastic surgery doctor, Dr. Michael Fiorellio who is based in New York City, made a similar conclusion. He suspects that Khloe had some type of filler treatment because, “Her lips look swollen and bruised. The product looks lumpy as well”. Dr. Fiorellio is suggesting that this Kardashian sister had either Juvederm or Restylane injections to make her lips appear larger and fuller. Injectable fillers are among the most popular types of non-invasive cosmetic enhancements around the country, and are an attractive option for women who want to add volume to their lips, fill out hollows in their cheeks, and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines. They’re also more affordable than having surgery and can be a convenient option for those who don’t want to deal with the long downtime and recovery process associate with a surgical procedure like lip implants or a facelift.

  • Dermal fillers continue to be some of the most sought-after procedures for men and women who want to get rid of wrinkles without surgery, and are becoming an in-demand procedure for many who want to side-step the effects of the recession and achieve results with an affordable makeover. However, a recent report for the UK suggests that many people experience a variety of complications with permanent cosmetic fillers than with any other types of cosmetic injections on the market.