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Which Injectables are FDA Approved for Cosmetic Use?

In the aesthetics industry, products that are injected into the face are often referred to as “injectables.” These products are typically designed to temporarily erase some of the more obvious signs of aging, and they are quite popular in modern society. The population is getting older, but many of them aren’t feeling older, so they want the outside to represent how they feel on the inside.

FDA Approved Injectable

If you have an aesthetics practice or you are thinking of having one in the future, one of the most important qualities your products must have is FDA approval. If you inject substances into your clients that are not approved for cosmetic use by the FDA, it’s only a matter of time before your practice is gone. Here is a list of some of the more popular injectables that are approved by the FDA.


Botox is a prescription medication that you inject right into the muscles of the face that are responsible for causing wrinkles and frown lines.  These muscles are temporarily paralyzed and the lines are reduced.

Juvederm Volumna XC

This product is a dermal filler made up of hyaluronic acid and lidocaine.  It is injected into the face as cheek augmentation to add volume that’s been lost due to normal aging.


This is another filler made up of hyaluronic acid and lidocaine.  It is used to increase lip volume and to fill in deep facial lines and folds.

Sculptra Aesthetic

This filler is designed for facial lines and wrinkles and is made with Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA).

Belotero Balance

This is a filler made with hyaluronic acid that is often used for wrinkles and lines around the nose and mouth area.

Evolence Collagen Filler

As the name suggests, this filler is made with collagen.  It is used for both moderate and deep wrinkles and folds in the face.

Prevelle Silk

This filler uses hyaluronic acid and lidocaine and is injected in the mid to deep dermis to correct moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles.


This product is injected into the lines and folds around the mouth and uses polymethylmethacrylate beads, collagen and lidocaine.


Fibrel is a collagen filler that’s mainly used to correct depressed cutaneous scarring.

When the FDA approves products like these for cosmetic use, they review data that’s been collected from controlled clinical studies.  These studies evaluate how safe and effective injectables are when they are used as intended.  If you see that a product has FDA approval, you can feel confident that it is safe to use.