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    SMAS for lips?

    Augmenting the lips with tissue transferred from the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) is efficacious and safe, according to a retrospective 26-patient study in the January/February issue of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

    The study found that both the superior lip and the inferior lip had statistically significant increases in volume at 3 months, 1 year and 5 years after augmentation.

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    The investigators evaluated patients who underwent SMAS lip augmentation during a cervical facial rhytidectomy, from 2000 to 2015, at the Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Birmingham Ala.

    “Patients were excluded from the study if they did not have adequate photos at 3 months, 1 year and 5-year follow up,” says Daniel Rousso, M.D., founder and medical director of the clinic, who has been using SMAS to augment lips at his practice for over 20 years.

    Patients were also excluded if they had any fillers or other procedures performed on their lips.

    A total of 26 patients were eventually identified and studied.

    “Using a validated lip augmentation grading scale, these patients were graded by independent observers,” Dr. Rousso tells Cosmetic Surgery Times.

    NEXT: SMAS Lip Technique

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