Worried about your laugh lines? Are none of the topical creams working on those freshly-appeared crow’s feet? There is an option for a non-surgical treatment — an injectable filler called Restylane®. This injectable filler will instantly smooth out visible signs of facial aging and rejuvenate your skin.
Restylane® is one of the world’s most widely used dermal injectable fillers. It can fill in hollows and blend the wrinkles, folds, and creases on your face. It contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found in your body, and helps to restore your skin’s fullness, firmness, and elasticity. Part of a line of fillers, Restylane® is a clear, gel-like substance that is injected into the skin using an ultra-fine needle. The doctor will inject wherever there are wrinkles in order to create a smoother and more youthful-looking appearance.
Restylane® is safe and FDA approved. As one of the first popular HA fillers on the the market, Restylane has been used successfully in millions of patients. Because the body recognizes HA as “self,” already belonging in the body, it is exquisitely rare to have any type of adverse reaction. Regulated as a medical implant, Restylane® is manufactured with strict standards and oversight. It is biodegradable and is not produced from animals. Your doctor, however, will discuss with you any medical conditions you have prior to administering.
This gel filler is used to improve almost every area of your skin in several different ways. As you age, your skin starts to lose structural elements, including HA, which is what causes your lips to look thinner or the corners of your mouth to appear sunken. Through the use of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® can add volume to the face, improving the hollowed appearance of these sunken areas often found around the mouth and dark circles found under the eyes. It can also be used to treat the nasolabial folds, smile lines, cheeks, lips, and creases above the brow. This procedure enhances your natural facial features, providing long-lasting, age-defying results.
Restylane® Silk is the lightest and most pliable filler in this product line, and may be placed closer to the skin surface. It is perfect for smoothing superficial etched wrinkles, as well as defining and contouring lips. Specially designed to provide precise line control and shaping results, this filler can correct lip thinning, smoker’s lines, shapelessness, and vertical lines above the lip. Restylane® Silk does not last as long as the other types, and Dr. Donaldson often uses it in combination with other deep fillers that provide more durable underlying volume.
Formerly known as Perlane-L®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is the sturdiest and longest-lasting hand and cheek filler in this product line. The lidocaine component is a local anesthetic that ensures maximal comfort during injection. It must be placed in deeper tissue planes, and is commonly used to add volume and definition to the cheeks, chin and other facial depressions. It can also be used to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and smile lines. With age, the facial fat pads shrink and certain features begin to flatten. Restylane® Lyft adds roundness and youthfulness.
The Restylane® treatment only takes a few minutes – many patients have it done during their lunch break! Shortly after, you may experience mild swelling, redness, or tenderness at the injection site. This usually only lasts for several hours, but if bruising occurs, it could last for several days. Results are enjoyed for anywhere from six months for Restylane® Silk, up to 18 months for Restylane® or Restylane® Lyft.