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Brief Communication
May 2005

Efficacy of an Over-the-counter Lip Enhancer in Lip Augmentation

Author Affiliations

Correspondence: Dr Most, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Center, University of Washington Medical Center, 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Box 354716, Seattle, WA 98105 (sammer@u.washington.edu).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2005;7(3):203-205. doi:10.1001/archfaci.7.3.203

Correspondence: Dr Most, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Center, University of Washington Medical Center, 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Box 354716, Seattle, WA 98105 (sammer@u.washington.edu).

Lip augmentation has become an increasingly popular procedure over the past decade, coinciding with the increased emphasis placed on larger, fuller lips in the public media.1-2 New advances in synthetic materials have created a plethora of choices for both the facial plastic surgeon and consumers who choose to undergo lip augmentation.3 There has also been an increasing trend and emphasis on less invasive techniques for facial rejuvenation coinciding with the increase in popularity and publicity of cosmetic surgery. Many manufacturers have attempted to parlay the public’s desire for quick and painless methods for cosmetic enhancement into unregulated sale of over-the-counter noninvasive products with the promise of results similar to time-tested surgical and nonsurgical methods. We chose to examine one such product that offers a quick and painless method of providing lip augmentation. We undertook a prospective study of 7 patients to determine if this product offered quantitative results based on measurements of digital photographs taken before and after the procedure.

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