The FDA And Dermal Fillers

When it comes to dermal fillers and the Food and Drug Administration, they have a long history that dates back to the beginning of the industry and continues to effect the current trends in skin rejuvenation therapy. While the FDA approves of certain methods for dermal injection, it does not stop other procedures from being performed. Since dermal injections are not technically a drug, or a surgical process, the FDA does not enforce regulations for this industry. This allows for places like skin rejuvenation spas to offer the latest trends without having to prove the effectiveness of their claims.

The history of dermal filler injections dates back to the approval of bovine fillers by the FDA back in 1981. For around ten years, this was the only procedure approved by the organization and as it gained popularity, it became known as Zyderm I. This first dermal filler was used to treat fine lines and scars but only had a lasting effect of around two months. Later, Zyderm II and Zyplast were approved and could be used for deeper lines and lasted longer. Still, most bovine dermal filler injections rarely lasted six months and a patient had to go through an allergy test before treatment could even begin.

Then in 2003, two new dermal fillers, approved by the FDA, had entered the market and changed the industry completely with the approval of bioengineered human collagen and the use of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body used to bind water. Both these procedures revolutionized the cosmetic surgery industry as they allowed a patient to just walk in to the office and get an injection since allergy tests were no longer needed. These techniques became to be known as “lunch-time procedures” for their ease of injections and the amount of time a patient had to stay in an office.

Since 2010, bovine collagen injections have been phased out of the market and new techniques in dermal fillers seem to rise up every week. The problem with a lot of these new procedures, especially blood-based fillers, is that they have not yet been approved by the FDA nor have there been any clinical trials. If you do decide to seek out dermal filler injections, please do your research and make sure the procedure has the full backing of the FDA.

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