Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
The FDA has approved Restylane (Medicis, hyaluronic acid) to cosmetically enhance the lips. The studies performed under FDA guidance found Restylane injections to the lips to be well-tolerated and with minimal risks and side effects for up to six months. The new indication is for submucosal injection in people over the age of 21.
We’ve been using Restylane for lip enhancement off-label for several years. Although I really like the product, I’m partial to Juvederm in the lips. Juvederm is a bit softer and less gritty. Restylane is great for the nasolabial (frown) lines, though.
For more information on the FDA approval of Restylane for the lips, click HERE.
To view my MSNBC celebrity lips slideshow, click HERE.
Thursday, April 28th, 2011
An FDA advisory panel today voted to recommend approval for the use of cosmetic injectable Restylane as a lip enhancer. The FDA still needs to make a final decision, however they typically follow the advisory panel’s recommendations, according to an article on MSNBC.com. This is big news for Restylane manufacturer Medicis, which markets Restylane, its cousin Perlane, and the Botox competitor Dysport. Although many plastic surgeons (myself included) have safely used Restylane to inject lips for years, it allows Medicis to potentially market their product as the only FDA approved cosmetic injectable for the lips. I bet Allergan (manufacturer of Juvederm) isn’t too happy with that!
I actually prefer using Juvederm over Restylane in the lips, since it’s a softer substance that injects easier. Restylane is a little grittier, and provides a better lift (in my opinion) in the deeper folds of the face than Juvederm. In the end, both products appear to have a high satisfaction rate, especially if cost isn’t involved.
Speaking of lips, MSNBC.com was kind enough to ask me to compile a list of the best and worst celebrity lips in Hollywood. They’ve created a slideshow with my comments HERE. It’s some really fun stuff! If you look closely, you may even find an excerpt from my plastic surgery tell-all book In Stitches!
Photo credit: MSNBC.com
Thank you to the editors at MSNBC.com for publicizing In Stitches!
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
The Parliamentary Mime blog has a nice post on topical lip plumpers. It’s well-written and very enjoyable to read. It’s nice that there is an alternative to the injectables like collagen and Restylane.