Aging is an inevitable process and has a dramatic effect on our physical appearance, and the older we get, the more we strive to look as young on the outside as we feel on the inside. At-home anti-aging treatments and creams may help our skin look better but can’t seem to prevent the aging process from continuing. Surgical procedures are excellent options for improving signs of facial aging, but they are more serious, involved procedures that require extended recovery time. Injectable treatments are not a permanent solution to removing wrinkles and fine lines, but they can temporarily fill in deep lines around the lips and between the mouth and nose. Research has proven that many injectable fillers such as Restylane® stimulate the body to produce natural collagen so that even when the product has been reabsorbed, there is lasting improvement in the injected area. Restylane® is one of the most popular injectable fillers that can beautifully restore volume and lift the facial skin to diminish the appearance of facial wrinkles.

Restylane® Can Correct:

  • Nasolabial folds

  • Moderate to severe facial wrinkles

  • Bags under the eyes

  • Sleep lines along the cheeks

  • Fine lines around the mouth

  • Vertical lip lines

  • Thin, undefined lips

  • Temple hollowness

Candidates

Men and women over the age of 18 who would like to target signs of facial aging may be good candidates for Restylane®. It is important that patients do not have any allergies to lidocaine local anesthesia or previous reactions to hyaluronic acid fillers. Potential patients should be in good health.

The Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Persky will evaluate your facial anatomic structure and skin to determine if you are a good candidate for one of our Restylane® treatments. Based on the severity of fine lines and wrinkles in the target area(s), he will determine the proper treatment for your facial anatomy and aesthetic goals. Dr. Persky will perform a full-facial analysis, helping you learn more about your facial aging and how to maintain a younger, more rejuvenated and natural appearance. Various products may be offered, with each specifically designed to target certain problem areas.

Restylane® Products

Restylane®: Formulated to visibly correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, including the lines from the corner of the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds). It can also be used for lip enhancement to provide more fullness and definition. Comprised of a clear gel formula of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® works by acting like the body’s naturally produced hyaluronic acid, replacing volume that has been lost.

Restylane® Lyft (formerly known as Perlane-L®): Designed to add fullness to the cheeks and midface area. It is made of hyaluronic acid gel that is used to restore volume and treat wrinkles in the midface by reshaping the cheeks and lifting them into a more youthful position. It is a slightly thicker, more concentrated form of Restylane®.

Restylane® Silk: Uses smaller, smoother injections of hyaluronic acid particles with an ultrafine needle designed for accuracy and precision. Restylane® Silk can provide a patient with natural-looking lip enhancement, and it can also eliminate the appearance of fine lines around the mouth. Restylane® Silk can be injected very superficially without any signs of the bluish tinted discoloration (known as the Tyndall effect) that occurs when other hyaluronic acid products are injected too close to the skin surface.

Procedure

Restylane® is made of a non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in all living cells. The treatment area(s) are cleansed and may be numbed with a topical gel before treatment. All Restylane® products have lidocaine local anesthetic mixed in. Few patients may require a dental anesthetic block when undergoing Restylane® lip treatments. Using a small micro-cannula or a thin micro-needle, the clear gel Restylane® formula is injected under the skin. The entire treatment process can be performed in-office in less than 15 minutes.

Recovery

After treatment, patients may reapply their makeup and resume their normal daily activities. Some patients may experience minimal swelling and redness for a short period of time. The filler is usually settled within 24 to 48 hours.

Results

Each Restylane® product is designed for a particular purpose. Overall, patients can achieve smoother facial skin that looks and feels younger. The length of your results will depend on the product administered.

Restylane®: Lasts up to 12 months. Follow-up treatments can be performed four to nine months after the initial treatment.

Restylane® Lyft: Lasts up to 12 months in the cheeks and six months for reducing facial wrinkles and folds.

Restylane® Silk: Lasts six to nine months.

If you are interested in learning more about our Restylane® treatments, contact Dr. Persky today! He is an experienced and skilled facial plastic surgeon who can help you decide on the right facial product. To schedule your consultation, contact our office by calling (818) 501-FACE (3223) or by filling out our online contact form.