Restylane & Restylane Silk
Restylane and Restylane Silk are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body that adds youthful volume by attracting water molecules and holding moisture in the skin.
Restylane® injectable filler is used for smoothing out facial wrinkles. It provides results that are noticeable immediately after injection, although it may take a few days for swelling to subside. Day-to-day activities can be resumed immediately afterward, with no downtime necessary. To maintain its effects, additional Restylane® injections should be administered about 4 to 8 months later.
While Restylane has been successfully used for lip augmentation for years, Restylane Silk is a newer filler specifically formulated to create the lip enhancement effect with improved results. As we age, the lip starts to thin, lose shape and have an increase in vertical lines around it. Restylane Silk is a gel that can be used to reduce these lines around the mouth and restore fullness to the lips. Less viscous than the traditional Restylane, Restylane Silk contains lidocaine – an anesthetic that reduces the discomfort of injection.
The treatment can last anywhere from 20-40 minutes. By the end of the procedure, the lips will appear fuller and the wrinkles will be reduced by about 80%. The results are immediate, but will dissipate over time, usually lasting about 6 months.
Hyaluronic acid is completely biocompatible and requires no pre-testing. There are minimal complications associated with Restylane® and Restylane Silk treatments. However, we recommend avoiding aspirin, non-steroid anti-inflammatories and supplemental Vitamin E to reduce bleeding and bruising from the injection. Common side effects include redness and swelling around the injection site which usually disappears within a few days. Patients should refrain from rubbing or massaging the treated area for approximately 48 hours.