FDA Close to Approving Restylane for Use in the Lips – and My Celebrity Lip Slideshow on MSNBC.com!

  • Posted on: Apr 28 2011
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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!

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