FDA panel says Restylane OK for lips

According to Reuters news service, an FDA advisory panel today recommended that the popular wrinkle-filler Restylane can be officially used to plump up and shape thin lips.

The injectable gel has been approved for years- but only for facial wrinkles and laugh lines. It is, as we know, widely used “off-label” to fill out lips and give them more attractive contours. FDA approval would allow the manufacturer (Medicis) to specifically market and promote the product for that use.

The panel was nearly unanimous in its recommendation. The FDA still has to make a final decision, but the agency usually follows advisory panel recommendations.

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