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Restylane, the best known dermal filler in the United States is renowned for its safety, efficacy, and longstanding results. FDA-approved, Restylane is made out of Hyaluronic acid, which closely resembles the same substance that occurs naturally in the body. By replenishing the level of Hyaluronic acid in the skin, Restylane can immediately soften lines and wrinkles seen with aging (such as the nasolabial folds) and enhance natural features such as the lips or cheeks.

What is Restylane? What Are Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers?

Restylane is a dermal filler that is injected into the skin to add volume or support. It’s made of hyaluronic acid, the skin’s natural-occurring moisturizing molecule. Because this molecule occurs naturally within the body and diminishes with age, hyaluronic acid fillers either restore or supplement the skin’s normal structures. This makes for a dermal filler result that moves, looks, and feels just like the rest of your skin – completely natural.
Hyaluronic acid is also dissolvable, meaning results from these types of dermal fillers are reversible. This makes Restylane an excellent option for first-timers who are a little nervous.

Restylane is a favorite among physician injectors around the world due to its long history of safety and natural-looking results. In Europe, where regulations are different, Restylane is rebranded under the name Emervel.

What Types of Restylane are used in the United States?

Restylane refers to a family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Each product is slightly different and is best-suited to certain areas of concern and certain types of patients.

  • Restylane was the first hyaluronic acid filler approved by the FDA for cosmetic injections. With over 12 years of use in the United States, and over 11 million treatments performed worldwide (as of 2010), Restylane is highly regarded among physicians because of its long history of safety. It is a medium consistency filler that works well in a wide variety of applications including lips, under the eyes, and smile lines, and lasts up to 9 months.
  • Restylane Lyft, previously called Perlane, was the second product to be introduced to the public. It’s been used for over 10 years now and has a long history of safety and efficacy. The name was changed to more closely reflect the product’s intended use – to create lift. The unique cross-linking of the hyaluronic acid in Restylane Lyft gives us the ability to add volume to deflated, heavy cheeks, or areas like the temples that need fullness that is both firm and natural in movement.
  • Restylane Silk is the smoothest, thinnest formulation of Restylane. It’s perfect for smoothing away fine lines and because of its very thin consistency, works well in areas with thin skin, like the lips, and under eyes of older patients. It lasts approximately 6 months, but use in higher movement areas can encourage the body to metabolize (absorb) the product faster.
  • Restylane Refyne is a new product from Restylane that was specially formulated to last longer in areas of high movement, while still providing a smooth, thin consistency that works well for fine lines and wrinkles. Restylane Refyne has been shown to last 12 months in clinical studies.
  • Restylane Defyne is new from Restylane, and has been formulated completely differently from Lyft, Silk, and traditional Restylane. This new manufacturing process creates a product that stands up to lots of movement, without losing its bounce, being metabolized (absorbed quickly by the body), or moving around. Restylane Defyne is a moderate thickness dermal filler and works well for smile lines and forehead wrinkles.

We’re excited to be among the first offices in the US to offer our patients Restylane Refyne and Defyne – two new products that move naturally and last a full year!

What concerns and areas can be treated by Restylane products, and which products work best for those areas?

  • Forehead wrinkles are commonly thought to be well-treated by Botox, but that’s not true for deep-set wrinkles that are still visible at rest. Botox helps relax overactive muscles, and for people who make a lot of facial expressions, Botox can soften the expressions, helping to stop wrinkles from forming. However, if moderate or severe wrinkles have already formed, filling the wrinkles with dermal fillers is the key to creating a smooth, more youthful result. Fillers like Refyne and Defyne are our favorite for the forehead because you still want to have movement and make normal expressions, you just want to support the wrinkles from below to encourage the skin to be smoother. Refyne is for stubborn fine lines and Defyne works best in deep-set wrinkles.
  • Under eye dark circles and deep bags (tear troughs) are a common complaint among patients of all different ages and ethnicities. They are easily treated with dermal filler. Restylane products are by far our favorite for under the eyes because they tend to hold onto water better than other fillers, giving the area a nice, natural plumpness.
  • Cheeks flattened by age, weight-loss, or disease/medication can be re-inflated using Restylane Lyft, a product designed to lift up heavy, sunken in cheeks and create a beautiful, high cheekbone effect.
  • Smile lines (also called marionette lines or nasolabial folds) deepen as we age, creating deep-set wrinkles and folds. Some of this is due to the amount of facial expressions we make – smiles and frowns that repeatedly bend the skin in the same place, eventually leading to damage to the skin’s support system and creating lines. However, as we get older, some of this is also due to the drooping of the face inward and downward. This can be caused by loss of fat volume in the cheeks, and later by muscles sagging after years of wear and tear. When fat loss in the upper cheeks is part of the problem, a product like Restylane Lyft, which is bouncy and supportive, can help lift the cheeks up and reduce the wrinkles and folds around the mouth. Restylane can also be used to soften and smooth away these smile lines. Because it is especially good at holding up in areas of high movement, Restylane Defyne is an ideal product for smile lines.
  • Lips needing plumping, smoothing, and/or definition (including the white area above and below the lips).

What is the cost of Restylane?

Our practice prices Restylane products by the syringe, with discounts given when more than one syringe is purchased at a given appointment. These prices are current as of January 2017.

  • Restylane is $650 per syringe.
  • Restylane Silk is $800 per syringe.
  • Restylane Lyft is $800 per syringe.
  • Restylane Refyne is $650 per syringe.
  • Restylane Defyne is $650 per syringe.

The price of any dermal filler should reflect not only the cost of the product but the skill and experience of an injector. Our physician injectors are recognized as being among the top 1% in the nation for skill and experience. For that reason, you will find that we are not the least expensive providers in the area. However, we are competitively priced, and we are not the most expensive, by far, despite being the most experienced in the area.

How long will my results last with Restylane?

Each Restylane product has been studied in several clinical studies to determine the longevity of results, and the best time to re-inject the product to extend your results as efficiency as possible.

  • Restylane lasts around 9 months and should be injected at or before 9 months to see the best and most effective results.
  • Restylane Silk lasts approximately 6 months in most patients.
  • Restylane Lyft will last up to 12 months, with many patients seeing a decline in results after 9 months. So for best results, plan to have Lyft re-injected at 6-9 months.
  • Restylane Refyne has been shown to last 12 months.
  • Restylane Defyne has been shown to last 12 months.

Who is a candidate for Restylane dermal fillers? How do I know Restylane will work well for me?

Restylane would no be a good option for you if:

  • You have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis)
  • You are allergic to lidocaine or to any of the gram-positive bacterial proteins used to make hyaluronic acid (there are lidocaine-free versions of Restylane, which we will be happy to use in patients who are allergic to lidocaine, but we must know about this allergy as traditional Restylane products do contain lidocaine for patient comfort).
  • You are prone to bleeding or have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or trying to become pregnant. The safety of Restylane products for use during pregnancy, or in women who are breastfeeding, has not been studied

For most people, Restylane is a safe and effective product – that’s why it’s been the industry favorite for over a decade!

How much time do I need to plan away from work and social activities after my injections? Is there a recovery period after Restylane injections?

Most of our patients do not take time off of work or social activities after receiving Restylane injections. There may be some swelling and bruising, however, which can cause some patients to avoid social activities for the rest of the day. Usually bruising is very mild in nature, and is easily covered by makeup. In the event that you have dark bruises, we can use a specific laser to break up the bruise and speed up the healing. This is offered free of charge to any of our dermal filler patients.

Is Restylane safe? What are the risks or possible side effects of Restylane?

All of the Restylane products described on this page (Lyft, Silk, Refyne, Defyne, and Restylane) are FDA-Approved and have been studied for their safety in a number of clinical trials.

There are some risks associated with Restylane dermal fillers. The most common are exactly what you would expect with any injection – redness, swelling, bruising, pain or tenderness at the injection site, and itching – and tend to be very short-lived and mild. Very rarely, there have been reports of more serious adverse events with hyaluronic acid fillers. Your physician will cover these rare but potential risks, as well as how to prevent and minimize their risks to you.

How do I find a doctor I can trust to inject my Restylane for natural-looking results?

First of all, you want to make sure your injector is experienced and knowledgeable about the anatomy of the areas you’re being injected in. No one graduates from medical school being an expert injector – it’s just not a subject that medical schools focus on (most don’t even teach it). So for a doctor to be a skilled injector, they have to spend their own time and resources after school learning how to inject.

You’ll want to ask about their experience – how frequently do you inject this product into this area? How many years have been doing so? Who trained you how to do this? If a doctor doesn’t have a big photo gallery, they likely aren’t doing that many.

Finally, and one of the easiest ways to judge a doctor’s skill and experience at injecting – the big manufacturers award the top injectors each year. Galderma makes Restylane and Dysport products, and they have awarded our practice one of their highest recognitions for injector experience and skill, preferred champion.

To schedule your free consult for Restylane, please call (732) 356 1666.