Restylane Lyft Approved in the U.S. for Use on Hands
Restylane Lyft has now been officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use on the hands.
“Restylane Lyft is the first and only HA [hyaluronic acid] injectable gel to be FDA-approved for restoring fullness to the back of the hands, providing more youthful-looking skin. It is also the first-ever HA dermal filler to receive FDA approval for an area other than the face,” reads a press release from manufacturer Nestlé Skin Health.
Using fillers in the hands has been common for some time now and doctors didn’t require FDA (or Health Canada) approval to use them this way before now. Gaining FDA approval means that there is enough scientific data saying the drug is both safe and effective when used this way; effectively putting a type of gold stamp on the procedure.
Doctors have been using fillers in various “off-label” ways for some time. In addition to the common uses to fill wrinkled skin in the face, they have also been used in nonsurgical (5 minute) nose jobs, nonsurgical butt lifts, and non surgical breast lifts to name a few.
“Off-label use of dermal fillers is relatively common, and licensed physicians have wide latitude as to what they can do in their office,” said Dr. Joshua Zuckerman, a New York based, board-certified plastic surgeon to Allure magazine.
“It is key to undergo off-label treatment with someone who knows the anatomy of the area,” he continues. “A physician with surgical training all over the body is safest.”