Restylane® is a cosmetic dermal filler that is derived from hyaluronic acid, a compound naturally found in the body, including the skin. It is used to restore volume and fullness to the skin, and can be used to correct moderate facial wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and for lip augmentation. Because Restylane® is a natural compound that is not derived from animals, allergy testing is not required. There is a low risk of any side effects other than redness and swelling at the injection site that typically resolves within two to three days.
Restylane® for the Treatment of Wrinkles
Restylane® was the first hyaluronic acid filler to receive FDA approval. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds – the parentheses lines that appear between the nose and the mouth as a result of aging. In addition, it can be used to treat mild to moderate facial wrinkles or folds that result from facial volume loss, including hollows under the eyes. Restylane® is different from BOTOX® Cosmetic – not a replacement treatment, but a complementary one. Whereas BOTOX® Cosmetic treats wrinkles by relaxing muscles responsible for contraction wrinkles, Restylane® corrects wrinkles by filling voids under the skin.
Lasting, Effective Treatment
Restylane® has been shown to be an effective treatment for facial wrinkles. Results may last six months to a year, depending on the site treated, lifestyle, and skin characteristics. Restylane’s long-lasting effect is due to the nature of it’s hyaluronic acid, which is hydrophilic. Although hyaluronic acid is a natural compound that is readily absorbed by the body, it also binds water to itself, replacing the volume lost as the hyaluronic acid is absorbed over time. Each hyaluronic acid molecule is able to retain six times its own volume by this method.
The injection procedure itself is short and simple. Injections are performed in our office following application of a topical anesthetic, and can be completed in fifteen to twenty minutes. You can go back to work immediately following your treatment, although you may begin to experience some swelling, redness, and bruising later that day and the swelling may continue for two to three days. Ice and cold packs can help to diminish the swelling and bruising.
Our Patients’ Results
*Individual Results May Vary
If you’re beginning to notice fine lines around your mouth, loss of volume in your lips, and/or changes in the shape of your lips as a result of the natural process of aging, there’s a brand new treatment that may be right for you. The first product FDA-approved to enhance the lips and reduce wrinkles around the mouth, Restylane® Silk is comprised of a unique, naturally-derived hyaluronic acid-based formula that typically provides subtle, natural-looking results and long-lasting effects. A member of the Restylane® family of products, Restylane® Silk can help to define lips, add fullness to them, and diminish the appearance of “smoker’s lines” found above the mouth.
The Benefits of Restylane® Silk
The singular composition of the Restylane® Silk formula offers numerous benefits, including:
- Reduction of vertical “smoker’s lines” and fine lines around the mouth
- Increased fullness of the lips
- Improved definition, shape, and symmetry of the lips
- Rapid results
- Effects lasting up to six months or longer
- Little to no recovery time
Additionally, Restylane® Silk contains a local anesthetic to enhance your comfort during the procedure. If you love your refreshed, rejuvenated appearance and want to maintain the effect, we recommend regular follow-up treatment to extend the benefits.
The Restylane® Silk Procedure
Similar to other dermal fillers, such as JUVÉDERM® and original Restylane®, the Restylane® Silk procedure typically will be quick, and we will strive to enhance your experience by minimizing any discomfort. Our physicians will discuss your areas of concern and cosmetic goals, and then develop a customized treatment plan designed to achieve your desired outcome. Restylane® Silk will be administered through an ultrafine needle for increased precision and comfort, and you should begin to see some results immediately, with additional improvement occurring over the next 14 days. Side effects and downtime are usually minimal, though you should expect some redness and mild swelling in the treated area, which should fade within a few hours. You should be able to return to normal activities immediately following the procedure.
Restylane® Lyft is a great option for patients concerned about prominent wrinkles, nasolabial folds (lines that appear between the nose and mouth), and volume loss in the cheeks. This FDA-approved filler can reduce common signs of aging, restore volume to facial features, and diminish the appearance of acne scars.
Using an ultra-fine needle, Restylane® Lyft will be delicately injected into the areas targeted for treatment. The product contains lidocaine, which helps numb the areas of injection and to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Depending on each patient’s individual needs and goals, the entire treatment can often be performed in 30 minutes or less.
The initial effects of Restylane® Lyft are typically apparent right after treatment, and should gradually become more visible over the next several days. Some degree of redness and swelling are to be expected following the procedure, but these effects should fade within a short period of time. Most patients are able to resume normal daily activities immediately following treatment.
While Restylane® Lyft can be particularly beneficial for rejuvenating the mid-face, it can also be utilized for mild chin augmentation and lip enhancement. Results from Restylane® Lyft are known to last approximately 6 to 12 months.
If you have additional questions about any of the Restylane® products, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.