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Radiesse for Lip Enhancement?

January 25, 2008
A lot of people talk about how good Juvederm and Restylane are for lip augmentation, but I want something more permanent. Is it safe/effective to get lip injections of Radiesse?

Radiesse does not belong in the lips. It is a thick, calcium based filler that goes into the deeper layers of the skin. This makes it ideal for facial sculpting - filling in areas such as cheeks, chin, jawline, nose, and even the brow ridge. It is also a good longterm filler for the nasolabial folds.
The lips, though are a different story. You can't inject deep into the lips because of the particular anatomy involved. We have to use fillers that are injected superficially and are smooth. Juvederm is great for that. I think that it is even better than Restylane.
At this point, Juvederm is the only lip filler I would recommend. I would stay away from implants, silicone, Radiesse and other injectables that promise longer duration. The risk is not worth having lumpy or unnatural looking lips. There are new fillers getting FDA approval all the time, though. So, its just a matter of time before something good and longer lasting will be on the market.

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