Restylane, Restylane Silk, & Restylane Lyft (formerly Perlane)

Introduction
Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating substance found naturally in skin and soft tissue, providing volume and youthfulness to our appearance. As we mature, there is depletion of hyaluronic acid in our skin and soft tissues, leading to wrinkles, folds, and sagging.  Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid soft tissue filler which received FDA-approval for cosmetic use in 2003. Restylane®’s counterpart, Perlane®, received FDA approval in 2007.
  

How are Restylane® and Perlane® useful?
Restylane® is the most studied dermal filler in history with over 1 million treatments in the United States. With years in clinical use, Restylane® has been reported to be useful in correcting many findings related to facial and body rejuvenation. The most common treatment areas are: nasolabial folds (smile lines), perioral lip lines (smoker’s lines), marionette lines (downward turned smile), glabellar crease (frown line), chin creases, volume restoration of cheeks, and volume restoration of temples. In Dr. Liu’s cosmetic practice, Restylane® is particularly useful in erasing the tired appearance underneath the eyes. Restylane®’s fine composition along with precise injection technique yields natural volume correction of this delicate anatomical area. Perlane®’s larger molecule in combination with the structural cross-linking is very useful in providing volume and lift in areas of large volume loss.

 

Before-"Eyes Look and Feel Tired "

After Restylane Undereye Contouring

*actual patient case of Dr. Liu©

                      

What should I do before treatment?
Before treatment, you should discuss with Dr. Liu your medical history, including allergies and medicines. If you are taking blood thinners, ask your doctor if it’s safe to discontinue prior to Restylane® treatment to reduce the risk of bruising. Restylane® treatment is contraindicated in certain situations; some of these are listed below:

  1. History of multiple severe allergies
  2. History of allergies to Gram-positive bacteria proteins

 

Do Restylane® and Perlane® injections hurt?
The procedures are well tolerated. Various methods for comfort are available including gentle nerve blocks, topical numbing cream, cooling of the skin, and/or mixing of anesthetic solution with the filler.

 

What is the recovery time?
The majority of patients have none to minimal down time. Occasionally, a bruise may develop, which resolves in a few days. If you take a blood thinner medication, ask your doctor if it can be discontinued prior to Juvederm® treatment, to minimize the risk of bruising. There may be some swelling noted after the procedure, which can be minimized with ice and rarely lasts more than a day.

 

How long does it last?
Most patients can expect immediate and sustained results between 6 to 12 months.


Are there any side effects?
Side effects are uncommon and usually minor and temporary if seen. You may experience soreness or bruising at the injection site. Occasionally, people experience lumpiness or irregularity in the treatment area.  These typically resolve with gentle massage or observation.

 

What do I do after the treatment?
After care instructions will be provided by your treatment team.