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There is big news for people considering lip augmentations. Consider a recent article for Medscape titled “FDA Okays Juvederm Ultra XC for Lip Augmentation.”

Megan Brooks of Medscape writes, “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Juvederm Ultra XC (Allergan) for injection into the lips and perioral area for lip augmentation in adults older than 21 years, the company announced today. It is a new indication for the filler. Juvederm Ultra XC is a smooth gel formulation consisting of a modified form of hyaluronic acid plus a small amount of lidocaine to improve the comfort of the injection. The gel ‘instantly adds fullness to the lips and is the only dermal filler that has proven results lasting up to one year for lip augmentation,’ Allergan notes in a news release. In clinical trials of the gel for lip augmentation, 79% of subjects showed a ‘meaningful improvement’ in lip fullness 3 months after treatment, and more than 78% reported an improvement in their overall satisfaction with the look and feel of their lips 1 year after treatment, the company said. Juvederm Ultra XC and >Juvederm Ultra Plus XC injectable gels are already FDA-approved for injection into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur to temporarily add volume to the skin, especially around the nose and mouth.”

Pharmacy Times also takes a look at the new filler in a recent article titled “FDA Approves Lasting Filler for Lip Augmentation.” Krystle Vermes of Pharmacy Times writes, “The most common side effects of Juviderm XC injectable gels occur at the injection site and include redness, swelling, tenderness, pain, discoloration, and itching. Patients who have received Juviderm Ultra XC typically experience these mild or moderate side effects for up to 14 days. Those taking medications that can prolong bleeding—such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and warfarin—may experience increased bruising or bleeding at injection sites. Health care professionals should discuss the potential risks of the injections with patients prior to treatment, and ensure that patients are aware of the signs and symptoms of potential complications.”

When it comes to lip augmentation procedures, you need a surgeon you can trust. Rex E. Moulton Barrett, M.D. is internationally known and acknowledged. He is board certified with The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Moulton-Barrett offers a variety of lip augmentation options including Autologen, fat injections, dermal fillers, and Restylane.

If you’re considering a lip augmentation, contact us for a consultation.