Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is naturally-occurring and keeps our skin hydrated and firm, which is what makes it such a versatile filler! However, unlike the hyaluronic acid (HA) our bodies produce, the HA in Restylane is specially formulated to be longer-lasting. Scientists have also developed ways to modify the viscosity, or thickness, of the HA gel on a molecular level through a process called cross-linking. The family of Restylane products has several different varieties that are all designed for different areas of the face. They use “XpresHAn” technology so that you get natural-looking results that respond to your every facial expression.
Restylane Lyft has the largest particle size of the Restylane family and makes it the firmest and most capable of providing a mid-face “Lyft”. You can think of Restylane Lyft as a way to raise the cheek area like a tac, not just adding volume to plump the face.
Classic Restylane-L is similar to Restylane Lyft but has an intermediate particle size. It was the first “NASHA” product in the U.S. market back in 2003. It can be used in multiple areas of the face at deeper planes much like Restylane Lyft, however, it is most commonly used deep in the tear trough region. Think of it as a way to raise the cheek area like a tac, not just adding volume to plump the face. It is of the older “NASHA” technology so it does not have the same elasticity as the newer Restylane products, which use “XpresHAn” technology. This makes it not ideal for lip filler or in mobile areas without being placed in the appropriate plane of skin so that you can’t see it.
Restylane Refyne is specially designed for laugh lines and marionette lines. It’s firm enough to tackle these stubborn creases but soft enough to respond to your every smile. It’s also a great lip filler. After about 3-4 days the swelling is gone and the lips are beautifully plumped and hydrated. If the swelling scares you then the newer “XpresHAn” technology of Restylane Refyne offers the same soft results without the swelling. It has become one of my favorite go-to fillers for a natural lip with the most elasticity due to cross-linking.
Restylane Defyne With the same “XpresHAn” technology as Restylane Refyne but a higher cross-linking, Restylane Defyne is perfect for treating smile lines, marionette lines, lid-cheek junctions, and even lips for those seeking a little extra definition and volume than they can get with Restylane Refyne.
Restylane Kysse is specially formulated for the lips. Not only does it give an added boost of volume like the other Restylane injectables, but it’s designed to be extra soft and flexible. With all the movements our lips make, this is important! You’ll enjoy plump fullness, with smoother, nourished lips that move naturally when you smile or pucker up!
If you’re noticing you look a little tired or gaunt, Restylane Contour can give you rounded, youthful cheeks. Its hyaluronic acid gel is formulated to support firmer fuller cheeks, but still soft enough to respond to your facial expressions. No frozen faces here! Adding volume to the apples of your cheeks helps accentuate your cheekbones, and gives a light lift to the entire midface.
Restylane is hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that can be placed in multiple areas of the face to treat volume loss and rehydrate the skin. The Restylane filler family from Galderma offers one of the broadest portfolios of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers on the market to tailor to all the individual needs of patients.
We are proud to offer the entire Restylane family to make sure we can customize each treatment with the perfect filler needed in each area. That consists of Restylane Lyft, Restylane-L, Kysse, Contour, Defyne, and Refyne. Making sure your provider is educated on each and can explain why they are using which product is imperative. This is not a “one size fits all” procedure. What one person uses to get their lips done does not mean that you would use the same. If you have any questions you can speak with Dr. Michelle Cabret.
Each type of Restylane filler is made up of different size HA particles that change the elasticity, viscosity, lift capacity, and the amount of secondary swelling from the HA that can occur. Depending on the area being injected we choose different products. For the lips we use soft products made of smaller particle size HA to look more natural, such as Restylane Kysse and Restylane Refyne.
Both Restylane and Juvederm are dermal fillers made of HA, but the technology used to create their different gel consistencies are different. Restylane uses “NASHA” and “XpresHAn” technology to create their portfolio of fillers while Juvederm is based off of “Hycross” and “Vycross” technology. Different cross-linking and particle sizes change the firmness, cohesivity, viscosity, and concentration of HA that dictates where and why we use them in different areas of the face. Fillers with higher cross-linking and larger particle sizes typically last longer, but can not always be used in the area needing to be corrected. Fillers with more longevity tend to cost more as well.
Restylane is a dermal filler by Galderma that is used to replace volume and provide support to different areas of the face as mentioned above. Botox is a neuromodulator by Allergan and is used to treat muscles of the face that create static lines (aka wrinkles) such as crows feet around the eyes, frown lines between the brows, and horizontal lines across the forehead. Galderma also produces its own neuromodulator called Dysport. Botox and Dysport tend to be needed every 3-4 months and are bought in units. Filler tends to last longer when at full correction, an average of 12-18 months depending on the area treated and filler used, and is bought in syringes.
Restylane can be combined with other treatments such as Botox and Dysport. It is not ideal to have filler the same day as laser procedures or other treatments as they can distort the facial profile due to swelling. Typically you want to wait a minimum of two weeks after before receiving your filler treatment so that there is no swelling that could lead to over or under correction of the area being treated.
To ensure a safe procedure, make sure to tell your provider about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. Possible side effects observed are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and resolve in 7-10 days. As will all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection. A rare but serious risk is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are slim, but if it does occur your provider should always have the reversal enzyme available and ready to dissolve the gel. If not treated appropriately complications can be serious leading to vision abnormalities, blindness, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin.
It is okay to have multiple areas treated at once when receiving dermal fillers. Depending on the overall goal of the patient and the assessment done by the provider there are times when it is recommended to treat certain areas before treating others to provide the most natural result. Sometimes patients that have smile lines or nasolabial folds are missing mid-face volume leading to the creation of folds around the mouth. Therefore, we would want to first treat the mid-face before treating the smile lines. Further treatment may not be necessary after correcting the cause. Treating the origin of facial aging and not just the effect leads to more natural results.