Restylane is one of many hyaluronic acid fillers that are used for facial rejuvenation and adding volume. There are several products in the Restylane family, including Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne. These products are all similar in that they are made of hyaluronic acid (a natural component in the skin and soft tissues). Each product is designed for slightly different uses and areas, but all come in the form of a clear gel that is injected into the tissues to achieve the desired result.
Restylane is a well-known product that has been around for many years with a long track record of success and safety. Restylane is very versatile and can be used in many different locations in the face to achieve beautiful results. Restylane can be used to restore volume in the cheeks, augment the lips, fill tear troughs, and improve moderate to severe facial wrinkles and lines. Restylane also works quite well in the “smile lines” of the nasolabial folds and the marionette lines that run from the jaw line to the corners of the mouth. Depending on the location of injection, Restylane can be effective for 6-12 months, or even longer in many cases.
Restylane Lyft (formerly known as Perlane) is designed for injection more deeply into the tissues than regular Restylane. This product works well for restoring lost volume in the cheeks, mid-face, and other areas such as deep nasolabial folds. As the face ages, the soft tissues of the cheeks and mid-face descend and often need support to maintain their youthful appearance and shape. Restylane Lyft works to correct these issues, and may last 12-18 months depending on the site of injection and the individual.
Restylane Silk is designed primarily for fine lines and wrinkles. This product makes very elegant changes around the mouth area, and can be used to provide definition to the vermillion border of the lips, add volume to the pink lip, and fill fine lines and wrinkles in various locations. The vertical lines around the mouth respond quite well to Restylane Silk. This product is usually injected more superficially into the fine lines. Most patients can expect to see 6 months of noticeable improvement (depending on the site of injection), but some will see the effects last much longer.
As facial plastic surgeons and expert injectors, Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cain perform all of their own injections.
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