A smaller nose. Bigger breasts. Slimmer thighs. Plumper lips. Less hair
on the body. More hair on the head. Whether we're looking to tighten our tummies or lighten our laugh lines,
America's fascination with youth and beauty has long fueled the development of medical products for cosmetic
purposes. And if such "vanity drugs" can be shown to be safe and effective, the Food and Drug Administration
just may approve.
The ongoing fight to delay or reverse the aging process has
dermatologists and cosmetic plastic surgeons responding with products like Restylane (hyaluronic acid), one
of a handful of soft tissue fillers recently approved by the FDA to treat facial wrinkles. Restylane is an
injectable gel that acts as a filler to remove the wrinkle, producing instantaneous results. Such products
are not as invasive as facelifts, eyelid surgery, and other reconstructive procedures. And they are more
effective and last longer than creams, lotions and other topical products, whether over-the-counter or
prescription. In addition, the fact that the treatments result in little or no downtime makes them more
attractive to those seeking a quick fix. Without making a single incision, doctors can erase wrinkles, acne
scars and sun damage in a matter of minutes.