When Will Aquamid Be Approved in the USA?

When Will Aquamid Be Approved in the USA?

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Polyacrylamide hydrogel (Aquamid) not approved

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There is a reason that you are having difficulty finding a surgeon that injects polyacrylamide hydrogel (Aquamid). The material is not yet approved for use in the U.S. for any indicaiton. There is currently a clinical study underway with its use in facial areas. It has been in use in Europe since 2001. Be wary though.

Claims based on the European experience don't always translate to this country. For instance, when Radiesse first came to the states as Radiance FN about ten years ago, we were told, based on the "European experience", that the results would last 4-5 years. When we started using it here we subsequently found that it lasted only 12-18 months and there were some very disappointed patients.

Likewise, a product called Artefill, which was a "permanent" filler that came from Europe went by bankruptcy when it hit the U.S. So don't be so anxious to jump on board with products that are not proven safe and effective by our FDA standards. Wait it out with your less prominent buttocks for now. Good luck!

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