When you think of dermal injectables, you probably think first about facial rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction since that is their main use. Facial fillers and cosmetic injectables are a great solution for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Patients who have had cosmetic surgery procedures like facelift or brow lift in the past may also use facial fillers and injectables to refresh their plastic surgery results.
Although terms like Botox®, Dysort®, and Juvèderm® are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. Cosmetic injectables like Botox® and Dysport® are purified forms of the botulinum toxin and work by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles. This type of injectable is inserted into the brow and around the eyes. Facial fillers, such as Juvèderm®, Restylane®, and Perlane® are made of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occurring in youthful human collagen and may be injected into deep wrinkles and areas of lost volume over time like the cheeks, but that’s not all.
Last spring, Restylane® was approved by the FDA for lip enhancement for patients 21 and older with a 6-0 panel vote with one abstention. Traditionally used to fill deep wrinkles and areas of lost volume, Restylane® is the first and only facial filler approved by the FDA for lips.
There are various reasons a person would choose to augment their lips by adding volume. Older patients love the youthfulness the added volume brings to their lips, while younger patients may look to Restylane® to create greater facial proportion. Other patients may choose Restylane® for a better defined lip border that you just can’t get with lipstick and liner.
As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Fernando Burstein is very familiar with the natural contours of the face and understands that proportion is the key to any facial plastic surgery procedure. If you’re interested in lip augmentation with Restylane® or another plastic surgery procedure, be sure to find a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in that particular treatment or procedure. To view some of Dr. Burstein’s cosmetic results, view his plastic surgery before and after gallery. If you haven’t already, be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook and Twitter.