Looking for a quick “ pick me up”? Now you can get the lift (and the lips!) you’ve been looking for with the dermal fillers Restylane and Perlane.
The Restylane family (Restylane and Perlane) are injectable fillers that provide facial rejuvenation and beauty enhancement for a natural and more youthful appearance. Both are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin and other tissues. Hyaluronic Acid has a chemical structure similar in many ways to sugar and is identical in all species and in all tissue types, making Restylane and Perlane very safe and well tolerated products.
Restylane is perfect for the sensitive lower eyelid area and lip edge. Restylane works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid. Restylane is commonly used to visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and to add fullness to your lips. Restylane can also be injected in the tear trough area to reduce hollowness and dark circles, so you no longer “look tired” and never have to use concealer to cover up the darkness again!
Perlane is perfect for other areas of the face, where there is abundant fat to help hide filler. In areas like the cheek, chin, and nasolabial folds (around the mouth) firmness of the material to resist dissipation is important for volumizing. Perlane is perfect for this role.
What’s the difference between Restylane and Perlane?
Their names sound similar- Restylane and Perlane are both hyaluronic acid filler products made by Medicis, Inc. They are similar products, but with important differences. Perlane is a more highly cross-linked product than Restylane. Crosslinking is the process that allows these products the ability to persist in the tissue and provide long term benefits. In the case of Restylane, this product seems to last for about a year or more. Perlane persists about 4-6 months longer than the Restylane.
The products look similar however, when injecting the two products, it is immediately obvious the difference between the two: Restylane flows more readily than Perlane. This ability to flow is helpful in the lower eyelid and lip edge where too much fullness is very easy to see after a service. As a result it is important that for treatment in this area, to use a product like Restylane that holds in the tissue and is not too runny but at the same time can be manipulated and sculpted.
What is the treatment like?
During the procedure, the treatment provider will cleanse your face, and prepare the treatment area with injection scores, or marks. You may request a local anesthetic, or if you choose Restylane-L/Perlane-L, lidocaine is already in the gel to be injected. The clear gel is injected into the marked treatment area, using an ultra-fine needle. Your treatment provider will then cleanse the area again, and apply cold compresses if necessary.
There is little to no downtime, and Restylane results can be seen immediately.
The “Restylane Regimen” is a treatment plan of follow-up injections in order to get the most out of the Restylane injections. For most facial enhancements, it is recommended to have subsequent injections every 4-9 months.
Should there be an overfill issue after a treatment, both products can be adjusted with an enzyme called hyaluronidase that can be injected and softens the unwanted fullness.
When will I see results?
The Restylane family of products instantly adds volume to help restore youthful contours, so you’ll see results immediately following your treatment!
What are some of the common side effects?
The most common side effects may be swelling, redness, pain, bruising, and tenderness, and usually only last one week for facial filling, and up to 14 days for lip enhancement. Swelling is more likely in patients under 36 years of age, and bruising is more likely in patients over 35 years of age. Rarely, red or swollen bumps may occur, and if the gel is injected directly into a blood vessel, this may cause skin damage.
If you experience these side-effects, cold compresses may be used to reduce the swelling. You should avoid touching the treated area for at least 6 hours after injection, and avoid sun, and heat exposure.
Who is a good candidate for Restylane and Perlane?
Products in the Restylane family should not be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment.
These products should not be used by people with bleeding disorders, by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine, during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years for nasolabial folds and under 21 years for lips.
What should I tell my treatment provider before having a treatment with a product from the Restylane family?
Tell your treatment provider if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to become pregnant or breastfeed, or have any serious allergies or bleeding disorders. You should also tell your treatment provider if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores. He or she may prescribe a medication to minimize recurrence. You should also tell him or her if you have recently used aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St John’s Wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Why Choose Motykie Med Spa?
At Motykie Med Spa patient satisfaction is our number one priority- which means we only use top of the line products, have an experienced professional staff and consistent results.
Please contact our office for your consultation and pricing. 310.276.6772