Restylane Refyne and Defyne Overview
The supple, firm, smooth skin of youth that gives way to laxity, wrinkles, and lost volume as we age happens, in part, due to diminished production of a naturally hydrating substance in the body called hyaluronic acid. The Restylane family of dermal fillers is an effective way to address various effects of aging.
The entire Restylane line is composed of a specially-formulated version of hyaluronic acid to smooth lines wrinkles, volumize hollow areas, and supplement your body’s natural stores of moisture to restore a more natural, youthful appearance.
One area that is particularly susceptible to the effects of aging in the form of lines, wrinkles, and laxity is the area around the mouth. In other words, this is especially true for specific emotional expressions: laughing, smiling, even frowning.
Our board-certified, professional dermatologists have over 100 years of combined experience, and our skin experts will work to understand your aesthetic goals and determine the best treatment plan for you. That’s why we’re happy to provide two members of the Restylane line, Refyne and Defyne, that are designed to correct moderate to severe lines around the mouth while still allowing for freedom of expression and facial movement that’s natural and seamless.
In particular, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are both designed to correct:
- Nasolabial lines (from nose to mouth – i.e., laugh lines)
- Marionette lines (from mouth to chin)
Wrinkle Relief with Refyne and Defyne
Both Refyne and Defyne are formulated with an innovative technology that has three advantages over other injectable facial fillers:
- Reduces the appearance of moderate to severe mouth lines
- Enables natural facial movement (i.e., no “frozen” look)
- Lasts much longer
The technology behind the effectiveness of Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne is called XpresHAn, which gives the hyaluronic acid filler gels a softer, more pliable consistency. This allows the two treatments to deliver more fluid and natural-looking movements when you make facial expressions such as smiles or frowns.
How Are Refyne and Defyne Different?
Despite the fact that both Refyne and Defyne are intended for correction of nasolabial folds and marionette lines, there are slight differences between them.
Refyne has softer properties, making it the more flexible of the two. This means it’s suitable for patients seeking gradual improvement of moderate to severe nasolabial folds and diminishment of marionette lines.
Defyne is the firmer solution; designed to improve laugh lines that are deeper and more severe. It penetrates deep below the skin surface to provide strength and support to collagen and elastin fibers responsible for the firmness and pliability of youthful, healthy skin. The result is tighter, stronger, more resilient skin and the perfect choice for deeper laugh lines or folds.
Refyne or Defyne: Which Is the Best Choice?
In general, Refyne is the choice for shallower, less severe laugh lines because of its softer properties, which allow it to deliver subtler effects. If you’ve never undergone facial filler treatments before, Refyne is a good “starter” treatment. Restylane Refyne has changed the game of facial fillers with the natural improvements it provides.
For deeper, more severe laugh lines and marionette lines, Defyne is the choice because of its firmer properties that offer support from within the skin. Yet, firmer doesn’t mean a “frozen” face; Defyne still offers pliability that makes for natural-looking expressions and is ideal for such facial creases and lines that may not have responded to previous other treatments.
A combination treatment with Refyne and Defyne utilized together in the same session is another option. This facial rejuvenating procedure will enhance the effects of treatment by addressing moderate wrinkles in one place while correcting more severe lines and creases elsewhere.
Is a combination treatment right for you? Only a consultation with our friendly, warm experts can determine this, so join over 150,000 of your San Diego neighbors and schedule a consultation today at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.
What to Expect
Restylane Refyne and Defyne are different from other dermal fillers because of the special formulation of hyaluronic acid that reduces the appearance of moderate to severe facial lines and creases while still allowing for natural-looking expressions and facial movement.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our physicians are expert Restylane injectors who actually administer Restylane Refyne and Defyne treatments themselves and are one of the few dermatology practices in San Diego where board-certified dermatologists do so.
Treatment at our state-of-the-art offices is highly refined and usually takes less than an hour, although that depends on the extent of your treatment and the number of injections you receive. Our doctors perform the procedures with Refyne or Defyne with expert technique using ultrafine needles to minimize pain and discomfort, although, if you prefer, you can have a topical numbing cream applied to further enhance your comfort.
There is little to no downtime, and after your session, you can go back to your daily schedule. Within days, if not sooner, you’ll start to notice a healthier, more youthful appearance:
- Smoother, softer skin
- Fewer facial lines and creases
- Added volume
- Skin flexibility and firmness for natural-looking facial movements
The effects of both Refyne and Defyne last longer than those of other facial fillers, as they are clinically proven to give you great results for up to 12 months, often longer, which is double the time than most other dermal fillers provide.
Because both Refyne and Defyne are formulated using “next-generation” technology, the two treatments result in little to no downtime. There are also few side effects, which are typically mild, limited to the treatment site and including swelling, bruising, soreness, tenderness, redness, and itching; occasionally, bumps arise around the area, too. However, most side effects should dissipate within a week.
To know more about Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne, contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today to see how either treatment – or a combination procedure – could give the results you’re looking for. Our staff is dedicated to the health, safety, and beauty of your skin.
During your procedure:
- An assessment will be made by your physician to determine the type of product and
appropriate amount needed.
- Multiple injections will be administered to treated areas.
- The filler contains lidocaine, however, some physicians may decide to use a topical
numbing agent or local anesthesia injections prior to filler injections.
- You may have a very small amount of pinpoint bleeding where the needle was
inserted. This usually subsides in a few minutes.
After your procedure:
- You may use your regular skincare products and make-up.
- You can apply ice packs to ease tenderness and swelling.
- Do NOT manipulate, rub, massage, apply pressure, etc. to treated areas or lay face
down after treatment.
- Immediately after the treatment you will experience swelling which can last 1 – 3 days. The
above-mentioned fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (which is a substance your body
normally produces) and it attracts water to it which causes the swelling.
- You may feel lumps where the filler was injected. This is also swelling and they will
subside in about 3 – 5 days and are usually not visible.
- You may get a bruise from the injections. If so, you are welcome to come into the office
the following day and have the bruise(s) treated with a laser at no charge.
- You may also take Arnica pills before and/or after the treatment to decrease the risk of
bruising and to help any bruises you have to subside faster. We have Arnica available
- Results are immediate but due to the swelling, the expected end result can be seen
between 7 – 10 days.
- Follow any additional specific post-treatment instructions from your physician.
- It is always a possibility that you may not get the desired result after one treatment.
Additional treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal desired results.
- Follow up with your physician in ______ days/weeks, or as needed.
Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at (858) 657-1002.
Q: How are Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne different from other Restylane treatments?
Q: If both Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are intended to address nasolabial folds and marionette lines, how are they different?
Q: What is hyaluronic acid (HA)?
Q: Does treatment with Refyne or Defyne hurt?
Q: How long does one session of treatment take?
Q: When will I see results with Refyne and Defyne?
Q: How long do the results from Restylane Refyne and Defyne last?
Q: What side effects are there?
Q: Is there much recovery or downtime?
Alternatives to Refyne and Defyne include the Juvederm family; also, a combination treatment with Juvederm is often chosen for even more enhanced results. Sculptra is a collagen-boosting treatment which can improve facial volume. To find out more about Restylane Refyne and Defyne, as well as other options, contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology for a consultation.
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