Your body produces a substance called hyaluronic acid (HA), which hydrates your skin for the natural softness, firmness, and pliability found in younger skin. When you begin to have noticeable signs of aging – including facial lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of volume, and thinning lips – it’s usually due to your body’s reduced production of HA from both aging as well as damage from ultraviolet rays and airborne pollution.
If you notice one or more of the above issues, you may believe that you’ll need to undergo a variety of different treatments to address them. If you’re like many people, though, you have neither the time or inclination for this. Luckily dermal fillers are a great choice for improving these issues and are gaining in popularity. According to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were 17.5 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2017, a 2 percent increase over 2016.
That’s why the board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego are happy to provide the Restylane® line of injectable dermal fillers as a safe, effective way to address your cosmetic issue(s). Although each of the Restylane family addresses specific needs, the entire line was created to help restore more youthful-looking skin and rejuvenate your appearance.
The Restylane Family
Restylane has a more than 20-year track record of safe, effective use delivering beautiful results for tens of millions of people like you. The secret is a specially-formulated version of HA in which:
- Smaller particles of skin-rejuvenating elements help improve fine lines and wrinkles while also offering more detailed shaping of your facial contours,
- Medium-sized particles help minimize moderate wrinkles, lines, and folds
- Larger particles that help volumize depleted skin, restore fullness to sagging skin, and reduce severe wrinkles and lines
In general, the entire line of Restylane also works in synchronicity with your body’s natural HA production to provide a more natural, younger-looking appearance. In fact, the Restylane family is so versatile that it can be combined with other injectables, such as Dysport ® Xeomin ® or Botox®, or Sculptra ® for a non-surgical, minimally-invasive liquid facelift that eliminates wrinkles and revitalizes your appearance.
Depending on which Restylane injectable you receive, the following issues can be addressed:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Laugh lines, or nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines around the mouth and chin
- Thin or thinning lips
- Lip lines and lost lip border definition
- Sagging cheeks
- Depressed chin
- Under eye circles
- Hollow temples
Let’s take a closer look at each treatment in the Restylane family.
Both Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are state-of-the-art HA facial fillers that get their effectiveness from XpresHAn, a special formulaic technology that gives the gels in both treatments more softness and flexibility than other HA fillers. The result is a more natural look, particularly when making such expressions as smiling or laughing.
Problem areas treated with Restylane Refyne or Restylane Defyne look normal and feel natural. Yet, Refyne and Defyne have unique differences despite both being FDA-approved specifically to reduce laugh lines.
The softer, more flexible Restylane Refyne is designed to correct mild to moderate nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It has enhanced pliability to offer you softer, subtler results than other injectable treatment options.
The firmer Restylane Defyne goes deeper to add extra support and firmness to the underlying structure of your skin to address moderate to severe laugh lines without affecting facial movements.
To produce even better results, a combination Refyne/Defyne treatment can be administered during the same session by the injectable specialists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to give your face a total youth infusion.
Restylane® Lyft was known previously as Perlane and is the first FDA-approved filler for augmenting hollow cheeks and hands that have lost their fullness and shape. FDA.gov explains how it was approved. Lyft has larger particles in its formula to also correct various facial lines and creases, including moderate to severe nasolabial folds.
Fine lines and wrinkles that develop around the mouth and lips cause an overall loss in facial contour and fullness, which makes for a more aged appearance. Restylane Silk is specially formulated for fine lines and produces results that rejuvenate and revitalize your appearance.
Restylane Silk is formulated with smaller particles to deliver natural-looking results like:
- Enhanced mouth uplift and contour
- Precise definition to the center of the upper lip, or cupid’s bow
- Renewed mouth/lip symmetry and detail
- Improved upper/lower lip shapeliness and volume
- Smoother skin around the mouth, eyes, and cheeks
For more information, please contact our San Diego office.
What to Expect
Not only are our physicians at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology expert Restylane injectors, but also ours is one of the few cosmetic practices in San Diego where doctors actually perform injections themselves; many clinics or spas have a nurse practitioner or medical assistant perform them. Our physician staff has over 100 years of combined experience, and our extensive training and highly-refined techniques help minimize pain and discomfort. Some of our physicians have been using the Restylane line of products for nearly 20 years.
A numbing agent is already mixed into Restylane so the procedures are not very painful at all.
Following a Restylane treatment, you can expect smoother skin, fewer facial lines, and added volume for a rejuvenated appearance that looks healthy and more youthful. There is little or no downtime, which means you can return to your normal daily activities immediately.
Results can be noticed immediately, although usually not fully realized for a few weeks as your body assimilates the treatment, and will continue to last up to 18 months. We recommend additional touch-ups from one of our expert injectors about once a year or so.
Potential side effects are typically mild and temporary, subsiding typically within a few days. These can include swelling, itching, redness, tenderness, and bruising (which can be minimized with a complimentary laser treatment). Also, if for any reason your results are not to your liking, Restylane (and other HA-based fillers) can be easily reversed with hyaluronidase.
Finally, rest assured that Restylane contains safe ingredients. It has no animal-based matter, which essentially eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction. Furthermore, its HA formula synthesizes easily with your body and helps replace your body’s natural stores of moisture, leaving your skin supple and glowing once more.
Our skin rejuvenation experts understand the effects of aging and how they can impact your appearance and self-esteem. Our anti-aging experts will work with you to determine your aesthetic goals and customize the ideal treatment plan for you. To learn more, join over 150,000 of your San Diego neighbors and schedule a consultation at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today.
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