Restylane, a hyaluronic acid dermal filler, was recently approved by the FDA for lip augmentation. We have been filling lips for years with Restylane to provide more volume, better symmetry and more definition in an "off label" fashion. However, the recent nod by the FDA should provide patients with additional comfort and confidence that Restylane can be safely used in the office for lip augmentation. Of note, this is the only hyaluronic acid filler on the market in the US that has this indication. Juvederm will still remain a great option for filling lips but does not carry this stamp of FDA approval.
Interestingly, in the study on which approval was based the most common problems following injection were bruising, swelling, redness and tenderness. However, over 80% of patients chose to be re-treated at six months suggesting that the overwhelming majority were happy with treatment. These results are consistent with what we have found at Lone Tree Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center.
Treatments are performed in the office. The procedure requires roughly thirty minutes and is most often performed after applying a topical numbing gel. Dental blocks can also be used to increase comfort but are typically not required. A small volume goes a long way when augmenting lips so it is critically important to find an experienced injector when looking to plump your lips. Complications are highly unusual following lip augmentation.
If you're interested in further information or would like to schedule lip augmentation, give us a call at (303) 788-6632.