U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Restylane® injectable gel is a cosmetic “filler” that contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance that is found in the body. HA gives volume and elasticity to the skin. However as the body ages, HA levels decrease resulting in loose skin and wrinkling. When injected, Restylane gel is designed to plump the skin beneath lines and wrinkles resulting in smoother apperance.
The most common areas for Restylane treatment are the glabellar lines which are located between the eyebrows, and the nasolabial folds which run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Restylane injectable gel is also FDA-approved, for those 21 and older and for enhancing the lips. According to manufacturer Medicis, results can last for up to 6 months at which point the hyaluronic acid is reabsorbed by the body.
When injected, Restylane gel plumps up glabellar lines and nasolabial folds making skin appear younger and smoother. When used for lip enhancement, Restylane makes the lips fuller and gives them more definition.
One significant advantage that Restylane injectable gel has over other facial fillers made with hyaluronic acid is that it contains nothing of animal origin. As a result, it does not require a potential user to undergo allergy testing which can sometimes take weeks. Another advantage is that Restylane injections are performed in-office usually by a dermatologist and in less than half an hour requiring minimal downtime for the patient.
The most common side effects of Restylane injectable gel are swelling, redness, pain, bruising and tenderness in and around the injection sites which typically go away within a week. Although considered safe for most patients, Restylane injections carry a risk of infection, bleeding or allergic reaction.
Finally, a filler that can help you achieve your ideal smile. Restylane® Silk is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth in patients 21 years of age and older.
The lips and the lines around the mouth, like other areas of the face, show signs of aging as you get older. This often results in lip thinning, lost shape and an increase in vertical lines above the lip. Restylane Silk is designed specifically to provide natural-looking results in these particular areas by using smaller, smoother particles than those used in other Restylane® products.
Restylane® Lyft is now approved by the FDA for cheek augmentation and the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. As we age and our faces lose volume, some of us begin to look for ways to regain more definition in our cheeks without surgery. Restylane Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L®, is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel used to correct volume loss and treat wrinkles in the face. Restylane Lyft is the first and only FDA-approved filler indicated to provide lift to cheeks and add volume to correct and smooth smile lines (nasolabial folds).