Dermal fillers such as Restylane are commonly used worldwide to help improve the appearance of fine lines and to plump up areas that have lost volume over time. At the Glasgold Group of Princeton, NJ, Restylane fillers are a popular alternative to surgery for patients struggling with facial wrinkles and folds. Our experts will sit down with you and go over what your goals are and how to achieve them.
What is Restylane?
Many facial wrinkles and folds are caused by age-related volume loss. Restylane is an injectable hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler that is used to smooth and plump up facial tissue for a more youthful appearance and enhanced contours. There are several different specialized Restylane products available to help patients reach their specific cosmetic goals.
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally within the body. Its main purpose is to hydrate and add volume, making it the perfect solution for midface contour deficiencies and static wrinkles. The products in the Restylane family are designed to enhance and rejuvenate different areas of the face for up to 18 months at a time with little to no downtime and no surgery.
Restylane products are very safe for most people and only involve mild side effects like swelling, redness, and bruising, which disappear quickly. Rare side effects include infection and injection into a blood vessel, but these risks are extremely minimal for patients who visit our New Jersey practice serving Princeton, Robbinsville, and beyond.
Dermal fillers like Restylane Defyne are the newest technology to fight the effects of aging. Defyne is set to treat moderate to severe facial nasolabial folds. The benefit of undergoing this procedure is the quickness and minimal discomfort associated with it. Restylane Defyne plumps and fills deep-set lines in the face, using hyaluronic acid.
It uses new XpresHAn technology that allows the hyaluronic acid gel to flex within the lines to move with your face. This creates a very natural appearance in patients who undergo this procedure. The filler does not harden in the lines, so the softness of the skin is maintained. The immediate, subtle effects of this filler are an advance in contrast to treatments of years past.
Restylane Refyne is one of the latest dermal hyaluronic acid fillers that is designed for the treatment of mild to moderate marionette lines. The substance within the filler is composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already occurs within the body. As such, your skin will accept the introduction of this substance without causing adverse side effects. This procedure also utilizes XpresHAn technology, which allows the gel to move naturally in accordance with your facial movements. Whether you’re smiling or frowning, your facial movements will appear natural and soft, as opposed to stiff and puffy.
If you’ve recently been affected by thinner lips that don’t quite hold their form like they once did, Restylane Silk can assist in getting these lips back to their natural form, allowing you to be more comfortable and confident in your appearance. The Restylane Silk lip augmentation treatment is designed to create fuller and smoother lips and is the first of its kind to receive FDA approval.
This is a non-surgical procedure that doesn’t require a large amount of downtime and allows for quick results following the injection. All areas of the face show certain signs of aging as you get older, from an increase in wrinkles to a more weathered complexion. This is also true for your lips. Over time, they will become thinner and will lose their overall shape. Vertical lines and wrinkles will also appear more frequently as you get older. Thankfully, these issues can be remedied, at least as it pertains to their amount and severity.
Restylane Silk is a hyaluronic acid gel that is injected directly into the lips to provide fuller lips with better form. It’s important to understand that the changes offered by Restylane Silk are somewhat more subtle in nature. Though you may wish for a more dramatic change, the results provided with Restylane Silk allows for a much more natural appearance. Since the hyaluronic acid that’s used as the main ingredient in this gel is already present within your skin, you won’t need to take an allergy test before receiving treatment. While the results of this procedure aren’t permanent, they do last for a substantial period.
As we age, the natural fats that we all have in and around our cheeks begin to break down and wear thin. This leads to common signs of aging, such as skin that sags and the appearance of wrinkles throughout the face. Restylane Lyft (formerly Perlane-L) is a non-surgical cheek augmentation treatment designed to lift your cheeks or treat other areas and adds volume where a large loss of volume has occurred.
Restylane Lyft achieves this goal with a natural substance called hyaluronic acid, a substance that already exists in the body. Hyaluronic acid is primarily found in the body’s tissues and supports the renewal of skin cells while building collagen levels and healing wounds to our skin.
The Restylane Procedure
Your Restylane session in our Princeton, NJ location will vary slightly depending on the type, target area, and how many injections into the treatment site will be needed. For Restylane Defyne, your doctor will apply a topical numbing gel to the area prior to the injections to minimize discomfort. The injections are sterile to reduce the incidence of infections. The needles used to administer the treatment are very small, and most patients are surprised by how comfortable and quick the procedure is.
The Restylane Refyne procedure is a quick and easy one that should last around 15 minutes on average. It begins with an injection into the target area. This injection takes place with a very fine needle or a cannula that’s designed to provide minimal discomfort while reaching the precise area of treatment. You’ll only experience a very small amount of pain with this injection. A topical anesthetic can be applied before treatment is set to begin if you wish to lessen the pain even further. This typically isn’t necessary for such a painless procedure but may be preferable for those of you who have a lower pain threshold.
The procedure for Restylane Silk is a rather simple one that merely involves the injection of an acid gel into the lips. This substance is injected directly into the lips with an ultra-fine needle or cannula that was designed for lips. As is the case with most similar treatments, the injection of Restylane Silk is mostly painless, though you do have the choice of requesting a topical anesthetic if need be. If you do decide to make use of this anesthetic, it will be applied to the lips and surrounding areas just before the treatment begins.
Recovery & What To Expect After Treatment
The results from the injections are immediate. After the procedure, some people can experience a small amount of redness or irritation, but this should only last for 24 to 48 hours. You may also see some discoloration but these effects are usually mild and will typically resolve themselves without any intervention within two weeks.
Certain medications like warfarin and nonsteroidal inflammatory medications can increase the amount of bleeding and bruising that happens. Always tell your doctor about any medications you are currently taking. Most patients do not feel the need to take any time off of work or other activities after their injections, with many resuming their normal day-to-day activities after their procedure.
|Restylane Type||Session Duration||Duration of Results|
|Defyne||20+ mins.||Up to 12 months|
|Refyne||15 – 20 mins.||12 months or more|
|Lyft||20+ mins.||6 months – 12 months|
|Silk||About 15 mins.||6 months or more|
Side Effects & Risks of Restylane
Any injection carries with it several small risks and side effects, such as swelling and redness. These are minimal in severity and should only affect you for a couple of days at most, though usually 24 to 48 hours after the injections. Usually, these effects can be counteracted with makeup and should not impact any social obligations.
Patients with a previous history of herpes outbreaks may experience an outbreak after injections. Patients with open wounds or current infections in the injectable area should wait for these areas to clear up before undergoing a Restylane Defyne treatment.
Just like with any medical treatment, there is a risk of infection due to breaking the skin. This risk is typically minimal when performed by a trained medical professional using sterile techniques.
Frequently Asked Questions
Restylane is a safe treatment that is appropriate for most people over the age of 21. However, not everyone is a good candidate. Those who have a history of bad allergic reactions or a bleeding disorder may not be eligible for Restylane treatments. Additionally, women who are pregnant or nursing will need to postpone treatment temporarily.
If you have a history of scarring, you should mention this to your plastic surgeon. Although Restylane does not require incisions, there could be a slight risk of scarring of the skin in certain patients.
While the results themselves are temporary, they tend to last around 12 months. Sometimes touch-ups can be done between treatments to lengthen the anti-aging effects.
Though the ideal treatment for you will be discussed in your consultation, you can get an idea by knowing which Restylane type serves what purpose. Restyle Refyne or Defyne, for example, are ideal if you want to address your laugh lines, depending on their severity. If you’re starting to notice some effects of aging on and around your lips, Restylane Silk could be the solution you’re searching for. Restylane Lyft helps to restore full cheeks and line-free smiles with just a few injections, making it a compelling offer to those who want to look youthful.
The results of the injections are virtually instantaneous.
Most patients can return to work immediately with make-up application to hide any effect post-treatment, though this is mainly for appearances. Despite some light bruising, there is no reason a patient can’t resume their daily activities.
The length of your Restylane procedure will depend on the number of injections and where they will be placed on your face. In general, this procedure is a quick and relatively painless process.
To learn more about the Restylane wrinkle filler and facial enhancement options at our Princeton, New Jersey location, call to request a consultation with the Glasgold Group at 732-846-6540 or fill out our online contact form. We serve patients from all over South Jersey, including Rumson and Marlboro