As we age, we lose volume in our face and develop fine lines and wrinkles due to a slowdown in our skin's production of elastin and collagen. These changes can make us look old and tired, even if we still feel youthful and spry. Luckily, there are many non-invasive cosmetic treatments available to help us look naturally younger. One such treatment is Restylane dermal fillers.
We offer three different types of Restylane here at La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic: the original formula, Restylane Silk, and Restylane Lyft. Which version is appropriate for you will depend on your individual concerns.
If you would like to learn more about Restylane and how it could benefit you, don't hesitate to call our office at 858-454-2700 to schedule your complimentary consultation. Our practice is in the Top 100 Restylane practices in the country, an award achieved through consistent satisfaction for our patients.
What Is Restylane?
Restylane is a very popular hyaluronic acid based dermal filler that provides instant and long lasting results. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body, and as such, Restylane requires no testing for allergic reactions before injection.
Restylane works by restoring lost volume and filling in lines and wrinkles. It is virtually painless, although if you are concerned about potential pain or discomfort, we can apply a topical numbing cream beforehand. Most patients tolerate Restylane very well, and the procedure itself takes only around 10 to 15 minutes, potentially longer if you are having multiple areas treated.
What Can Restylane Treat?
Restylane is ideal for adding volume and smoothing wrinkles in the face. It could be a great option if you are suffering from:
- Volume loss in the cheeks or temples
- Thin lips
- Vertical lip lines (also known as "smoker's lines" or "lipstick lines")
- Dark under eye circles
- Marionette lines
- Drooping earlobes
In addition, Restylane can be used for non-surgical chin augmentation and nose reshaping. If you would like just a bit more volume to your chin but don't want to have surgery for chin implants, or if you want to subtly reshape your nose (but not make it smaller), ask about Restylane.
Restylane Silk is a newer version of Restylane that is softer and more fluid, making it ideal for smoothing fine lines and adding very subtle volume to the lips. Restylane Silk is a great choice for treating vertical lip lines, which have a history of being one of the hardest areas to treat.
Since Restylane Silk is so smooth and soft, it is able to be injected very superficially, allowing lines to be smoothed without causing ridges or bumps. We have had great success smoothing lip lines and adding a touch of natural-looking volume to lips.
Restylane Lyft, on the other hand, is much firmer and meant to be injected deeply. It can lift and volumize cheeks that have begun to sag, and is wonderful for treating deeper lines and wrinkles in the midface. Lyft could be the right choice if you want to:
- Enhance your cheekbones
- Reduce your marionette lines or nasolabial folds
- Fill in temples that have lost their volume and begun to take on a "peanut" shape
- Augment your chin
Who Is a Candidate for Restylane?
Good candidates for Restylane are those who want to improve their appearance in a very subtle and natural way. It's a good option for both older women wanting to restore volume and smooth lines and younger women wanting to enhance their lips or cheekbones.
In recent years, even men have begun to take advantage of Restylane. Most men use it to reduce deep wrinkles or to augment their jaw for a more masculine shape. Chin augmentation is also popular among men who feel they have a "weak" chin.
How Long Does Restylane Last?
Restylane can last anywhere from 6 months to a year or longer, depending on the type of Restylane used and the area it was injected. Your own metabolism plays a role as well. If you are very active with a high metabolism, Restylane may not last as long.
You can touch up Restylane at any time for longer lasting results. There's no need to wait until it's all gone before having another treatment.
Does Restylane Have Any Side Effects?
Restylane is FDA approved with a very high safety profile. As long as you visit an experienced injector, there are no serious side effects to be concerned about. However, as with all injectable treatments, there is a risk of bruising and swelling.
Generally, bruising and swelling last only a few days and are minor enough to be covered effectively with makeup. Swelling from lip injections may last for up to two weeks before you see your final result. If you are concerned about bruising, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk:
- Avoid blood thinning vitamins or medications such as aspirin or fish oil for two weeks beforehand
- Apply arnica if you see a bruise beginning to form
- Visit an experienced injector with good technique
Can Restylane Be Used With Other Cosmetic Treatments?
Yes, Restylane is often used together with other treatments such as laser resurfacing or Botox® for more comprehensive results. In addition, different types of Restylane can be injected during the same treatment session in order to address different concerns at the same time.
Performing multiple non-invasive cosmetic treatments in the same session is known as a "liquid facelift," and can provide more thorough and dramatic results than simply treating one concern at a time.
Schedule Your Restylane Consultation Today
If you are interested in Restylane or other dermal fillers, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic today at 858-454-2700 to schedule your complimentary consultation.