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DOH approves injectable filler for lips, skin

DOH approves injectable filler for lips, skin

Luscious lips and smoother skin could be just an injection away as the Department of Health yesterday stamped its approval for Aquamid, a new type of injectable implant claimed by cosmetic surgeons as the latest "in" thing to wipe years off their patients faces.
Priced at NT$35,000 per cubic centimeter, Aquamid, currently not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, purportedly has the same skin tightening and contouring effects as botox and hyaluronan, two popular treatments used mostly by people who want to get rid of their wrinkles and enhance their lips or cheeks.
Liang Wei-chung, a cosmetic surgeon in Taiwan said the new injectable filler, which claims to last three to 10 years, can be used to enhance lips, augment facial volume and smooth out deep facial wrinkles. However, it should not be used for those who suffer from acute skin problems or severe acne.
"Over ten thousand people in at least 30 countries have used the product and so far it has been proven safe for human use," Liang said, but warned against the use of Aquamid for breast augmentation surgery.
According to a Chinese language newspaper, 51 women in Hong Kong reported breast pain after they were injected with the filler as part of their breast implants. Five of the women had their breasts removed due to the complications brought on by their surgeries.


Updated : 2021-06-16 07:31 GMT+08:00