Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

The FDA approves Restylane for lip augmentation and/or enhancement.

Lip enhancement can be subtle. It doesn’t have to be bizarre.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon is thrilled to share news of the FDA approval of Restylane for lip enhancement and/or augmentation.  It’s about time!

Earlier this month the FDA approved the hyaluronic acid filler Restylane for lip enhancement.  This puts what is sort of like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval on a procedure that I have been doing for several years.

Lip enhancement/augmentation gets a really bad rap in the popular media because it is so overdone in many high profile individuals.  But really, it doesn’t have to be that way.  No Donald Duck lips are necessary.  The enhancement can be really lovely and subtle like the lady in the photo.  She had just 1 cc of filler placed in her lips with most of it going to her lower lip.  Nice, huh?   This is yet another thing I love about practicing plastic surgery in Seattle.  Patients want lovely and subtle, not LOOK AT ME.

Most lip enhancement/augmentation patients can go about their usual business and social lives the day after injection.  The bruising and swelling is usually pretty minimal if the patient is careful not to take any medication that can encourage bruising (aspirin and ibuprofen are the most common offenders) for a week before injection and is vigilant about icing the area for a few hours after injection.

So from now on when you hear lip ehancement/augmentation/enlargement etc., don’t think bizarre Donald Duck lips ala the First Wives Club.  Think lovely and subtle and now FDA approved!

Thanks for reading.  Seattle Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


Category: Facial Fillers, Government and Politics, Lip Enhancement and Augmentation, Skin Care | Tags: , , , , , ,

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