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Creating gorgeous lips is all about getting the shape, structure and volume right. Next, to the eyes, lips are the area of the face that tends to get the most attention. This is especially true when celebs like Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson are in the limelight causing the rest of us to gaze at our deflated lips with disdain. But we do have good options that are safe, soft, and ultra natural-looking and the selection just got even better.
So, what’s new in lip fillers?
Restylane® Silk was the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler specifically designed for lip augmentation and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth. Now it is the first lip filler to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with a cannula.
The approval was based on a 12-week study that took place in four centers across the U.S., with 60 males and females, 23 years of age or older. At 12 weeks, 98% of subjects were observed to have improvement in both the upper and lower lip by the treating investigator, as assessed by the Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale (GAIS), a global 7-point scale for aesthetic improvement in appearance. Following treatment, 81.7% of patients did not experience any adverse events, and most reported incidents were considered only mild, with the exception of swelling, and were resolved within 7 days.
Hyaluronic acid gel fillers are widely considered the ‘go to’ treatment for lip augmentation, mainly due to their predictability, soft results, and what injectors often refer to as an ‘exit strategy.’ By that I mean if too much is injected or the lips are asymmetrical, or in the unlikely event that you just don’t like the look, there is an easy antidote. Your doctor can inject an enzyme called Hyaluronidase to break down the tiny gel particles in record time, so you don’t have to wait for the HA to get resorbed over time, which could be 6-12 months.
Cannulas have added a new level of precision to facial injectables. According to San Diego, CA dermatologist Sabrina Fabi, MD, “The ability to use a cannula is a welcome addition to my toolkit, as studies have shown that a small blunt tip cannula demonstrates a suitable safety profile while achieving the desired fullness to the upper and lower lips.”
Although lip aesthetics can be very taste specific, there are certain mathematics that aesthetic doctors and plastic surgeons look at when they study your lips. “When I evaluate a patient, I look for aging changes that can be improved to offer the patient a total facial rejuvenation. I feel the volume loss and lip distance from nose are major issues in central facial beauty. Over time, the area between the nose and upper lip gets lax, and the upper lip becomes thinner and longer, with less pink tissue showing. This creates a longer distance between the tip of the nose to where the vermillion border begins. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane Silk can provide safe and excellent results, for lip rejuvenation” says New York City facial plastic surgeon Sam Rizk. MD, FACS.
He adds, “In some cases when this distance is more dramatic, I may recommend an upper lip lift to rejuvenate an upper lip that is too long, enhance the vermillion border and lift the lip for a broader smile and younger appearance. If there are receding or weak teeth, I will often refer them to a cosmetic dentist.”
Look for a dermatologist, plastic surgeon or healthcare professional who offers Restylane Silk