Trout Pout Treatment Gets FDA Approval
Dermal fillers have long been used for giving women plump, pouty lips. However, until recently these uses have been considered experimental or “off label”. This year, the FDA has approved Restylane for lip augmentation based on results achieved by 130 patients in a recent study. 90% of the patients ended up with pillow lips at the 2 month mark after injection. This was enough to convince the FDA panel that the product works for its advertised purpose. Of course there were a few drawbacks:
- It’s not a pain free procedure – although side effects like tenderness can be mitigated with ice packs and pain meds.
- The lips are very sensitive and all patients in the study reported symptoms like redness, swelling, and bruising. 40% of patients described these side effects as severe enough to interfere with their daily activities.
- Like other hyaluronic acid fillers, the Restylane is absorbed by the body over time. Recurring treatment is necessary to maintain the desired results.