What Is Restylane?
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 all the individual needs of patients.
What Are The Types Of Restylane Offered?
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, Restylane Silk, 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-Carlotti or Dr. Albert Carlotti.
Where Can Restylane Be Injected And The Difference Between Each Restylane Filler?
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 Silk and Restylane Refyne.
- Restylane Silk
- Restylane Refyne
- Restylane Lyft
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”. After about 3-4 days the swelling is going and the lips are beautifully plumped and hydrated. If the swelling scares you then the newer “Xpression” 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. With the same “Xpression” technology but a higher cross-linking, Restylane Defyne is perfect for treating smile lines, marionette lines, lid-cheek junctions, and even lips in those seeking a little extra definition and volume than Restylane Refyne.
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 though 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 Restylane Refyne and Defyne. 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 Silk uses “NASHA” technology and has the smallest particle size of all the fillers, this makes it tend to swell more than any of the other Restylane fillers immediately post procedure due to the amount of hydration the HA pulls into the lip. Knowledge of all filler rheology and assessment of the patient needs ultimately dictates which product should be used. Each treatment plan is customized to best fit the needs of every patient. Now that we have even more comprehensive lines of filler this makes the results even more fabulous when put in the right hands.
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How Is Restylane Different From Juvederm And Other Dermal Fillers?
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 “Xpresssion” 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 corrected. Fillers with more longevity tend to cost more as well.
How Does Restylane Compare To Botox?
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 need every 3-4 months and are bought in units. Filler tends to last longer when at full correction, average of 12-18 months depending on area treated and filler used, and is bought in syringes.
Can Restylane Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Treatments?
Restylane can be combined with other treatments such as botox and dysport. It is not ideal to have laser procedures or other treatments that can distort the facial profile due to swelling the same day as filler. Typically you want to wait at minimum 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.
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Restylane?
To ensure a safe procedure, make sure to tell you 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 than 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.
Can I Have Multiple Areas Treated With Dermal Fillers?
It is okay to have multiple areas treated at once when receiving dermal fillers. Depending on the overall goal of the patient and 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 Naso-labial 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.
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To learn more about Restylane and schedule a complimentary consultation call (512) 688-8000.The Drs. Carlotti and their team at Austin Cosmetic Surgery treat patients from Austin, Lakeway, and surrounding areas.