Restylane® is one of the most popular dermal fillers used at Guerra Plastic Surgery and is FDA-approved to add volume and fullness for facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane® is a sterile clear gel of hyaluronic acid (HA) and is specifically formulated to act like our own naturally produced hyaluronic acid. The size of the HA particles used in Restylane® is in the mid-range. With advancing age, our bodies do not produce HA as it does in younger individuals and lines and wrinkles become more noticeable.
Restylane® helps to visibly correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds in men and women. This includes laugh lines which occur from your nose to the corners of your mouth, lines running from the corners of the mouth down to the chin (Marionette lines), and the corner of the lips themselves. In addition to the original Restylane®, other products which are better suited to adding volume or for smaller lines and the lips are available.
The Restylane® Line of Products include:
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Understanding Facial Aging
Volume loss and drooping of tissues are also the results of facial aging. The most common facial aging problem seen is related to loss of youthful volume in the cheek and middle of the face. Another common problem experienced with aging is drooping of the facial tissues which leads to the formation of grooves between the eyes and nose (nasojugal groove), deep lines between the mouth and cheeks (nasolabial or laugh lines), and jowls at the jawline. Lines can also be seen at the corners of the mouth going down to the chin.
For all these problems, there are many facial filler (Restylane® and Restylane® Lyft) options available to restore the volume loss (Juvéderm® Voluma XC) and reduce the lines of aging. Our injectors are highly trained in using all these FDA approved dermal fillers. Please continue reading to learn more about the treatment regimens we recommend.
Restylane® Lyft is a FDA-approved filler indicated to provide volume restoration and a lift to the cheeks in patients that have lost volume in the area due to aging. It can also be used to smooth smile lines (nasolabial folds) in men and women over the age of 21. Aging causes the natural fat that lives within the cheeks to deteriorate, resulting in an aged and hollowed out look, sagging skin, and more prominent wrinkles in the face. Reduced volume in the cheeks and midface region can be safely treated using Restylane® Lyft. This injectable dermal filler uses hyaluronic acid (HA) gel particles that are larger than those found in the rest of the product line resulting in excellent restoration of youthful facial volume.
Restylane® Silk is the first FDA-approved product which was designed for lip augmentation and the smoothing of wrinkles and lines around your mouth. While some people are born to have thin lips and others acquire them with aging, Restylane® Silk, is effective at temporarily adding volume and erasing lines around the lips. For patients 21 years and older, with the passage of time new lines around the mouth can show the signs of aging. These signs include the vertical lines above the lip, lip thinning and loss of shape, and loss of overall volume of the lips. Restylane® Silk provides a smaller and smoother form of hyaluronic acid (HA) particles, than those in other Restylane® products, to provide more natural-looking results in this delicate area.
Which Restylane® is Right for Me?
The Restylane® family of products offers FDA-approved fillers which are differentiated from each other by the particle size of the hyaluronic acid (HA) molecule. The larger particles are generally used for volume restoration and deep folds such as the laugh lines. The middle of the road HA particles are the work horses of the line and can be used in a variety of different locations of the face. Restylane® Silk utilizes the smallest HA particles in this family of products. The finer particles result in a smoother gel and are ideal for fine lines around the mouth area and lip augmentation. The results of these dermal injections are temporary. Our very experienced injectors who are certified in their field will assist you in choosing the best combination of products for your treatment areas.
Aldo Guerra, MD, FACS
Dr. Aldo Guerra trained specifically and extensively for a career in cosmetic plastic surgery. After completing his plastic surgery training he passed the qualifying examination to become board certified in plastic surgery by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has over 15 years of experience practicing plastic surgery.