Restylane is a stabilized hyaluronic acid used for soft tissue augmentation and smoothing out wrinkles and folds in the smile lines around the mouth, depressions at the angles of mouth, marionette lines, frown lines and depressed scars. Restylane can also be used to contour the lateral tail of the brows and plump lips. Restylane is ideal for tear trough areas to eliminate the appearance of dark circles under the eye. Treatments typically last between 6 to 12 months.
Restylane is an injectable filler that is composed of hyaluronic acids used for the injections and filling of wrinkles around the mouth. Restylane was one of the first hyaluronic acid fillers introduced in the US and by 2010 there had been over 11 million treatments worldwide. Restylane is composed of non-animal derived hyaluronic acid and is FDA approved for the injections of parenthesis lines around the mouth, which are known as nasolabial folds. Restylane is the only hyaluronic acid filler that is approved for injection of the lips.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is composed of non-animal derived hyaluronic acid. In contrast to the collagen that was used in the 1990s, no allergy testing is required for Restylane. Restylane is used for soft tissue augmentation as well as smoothing of wrinkles and folds on the face. It was the first FDA approved filler in United States and has been used by millions of people worldwide.
How does Restylane differ from Perlane?
Restylane is used for mild-to-moderate folds whereas Perlane is used for moderate-to-severe folds. Perlane is a thicker material thus it is used to boost up thicker folds and wrinkles. They are both hyaluronic acids. Restylane and Perlane are injected differently. Restylane is injected into the deeper dermis whereas Perlane is injected into the upper subcutaneous fat area. There is more swelling associated with Perlane. With respect to duration, Restylane lasts about 6 to 9 months whereas Perlane lasts about 9 to 12 months.
Where are some of the typical areas that are injected with Restylane?
Restylane is injected into folds and wrinkles on the face in order to smooth them out. Dr. Behnam uses very advanced techniques when using Restylane.
Parenthesis Lines: Restylane can be injected into the parenthesis lines around the mouth, also known as nasolabial folds. As we age, we lose fat, muscle, and bone around the mouth thus creating the folds around the mouth. Restylane is used to fill in these areas of mass loss and smooth out the wrinkles to give patient a younger looking appearance.
Lips: Restylane is the only filler that is FDA approved for injection into the lips in order to give a younger, more youthful, and plumier looking lips. Caution should be taken to avoid giving patients a duck-like-lips by overfilling it. Dr. Behnam takes a conservative approach to filling lips. There are three important rules that you must obey when injecting lips:
Upper to lower lip ratio: The lower lip should always be 2/3rd the size of the upper lip. This natural ratio must be maintained when injecting lips. If the upper and lower lips are exactly the same size it gives the patient a duck like look and it is very unnatural.
Vermilion borders: The vermilion borders of the lips are usually effaced as we age. Older patients who want lip injections, Dr. Behnam typically injects the vermilion border and this gives the patient a younger looking appearance of the lip even without even injecting the muscles of lip themselves.
Philtrum columns: Some patients lack columns on the upper lip known as philtrum columns. These columns are very important in portraying a younger looking face. Even younger individual sometimes lack this philtrum column. So, it is very important that when we are injecting lips that we should not omit this area. The upper lip should be injected to create the
Lateral Eyebrows: Restylane can also be injected into the lateral eyebrow area in order to lift it. This method can be combined with Botox or Dysport on the same day to help achieve an eyebrow lift. Botox or Dysport should be injected first into the lateral eyebrow and then Restylane.
Acne scars: Restylane can be injected into depressed acne scars to fill them in. The result is instantaneous and it has a very high satisfaction rate with patients.
Tear Trough: Restylane can be injected in the tear trough area in order to fill in the area. The tear trough area is a natural groove between the side of nose as well as the rim of the orbital bone. Basically, this is the hollow area under the eye. As we age, we lose fat in this area and this natural groove becomes more hollow. This leads to hollowness underneath the eyelids and give impression of dark circles. By injecting this area, not only does the hollowness improve, but the baggy lower eyelids become less visible as well. Thus patients look less tired.
What are the common side effects of Restylane injection?
The most common side effects of Restylane are pain or discomfort at injection sites, redness, swelling and bruising.
How can I avoid a bruise?
Food, alcohol, medications, and vitamins can thin out blood and cause you to bleed. Omega-3 found in fish oil, St John’s Wort, Alleve, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Alcohol and garlic will all thin out your blood and increase your risk of bruising during Restylane injection.
Where can I find Restylane injection in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, California?
Dr. Behnam, U.S. leading dermatologist and recognized nationally by Newsweek as top 10 Physicians and Surgeons in the US, is a Board Certified Dermatologist practicing in Santa Monica, Ca. Dr. Behnam is an expert Restylane injector in Santa Monica, Los Angeles California. Dr. Behnam’s office location is close to the freeway, thus he serves everyone in the Santa Monica area, Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles County.
Who does the Restylane injection in your office?
At Dermatology and Hair Restoration Specialists, only Dr. Ben Behnam performs all the Restylane injections. We do not have a Physician Assistant or a Nurse injecting our patients. We believe everyone should have Dr. Behnam’s world class expertise and results.
How long does Restylane last?
Restylane typically lasts between 5 to 6 months.
Can Restylane be combined with Botox or Dysport?
Yes, Restylane, Botox and Dysport can all be injected on the same day. There should not be any interference between them.
I want higher cheekbones, can I use Restylane?
Although Restylane may be used for cheekbone augmentation, it is not the ideal choice. Perlane, Radiesse, Sculptra are better choices for cheekbone augmentation because they are thicker material and the results will look better.
Do Restylane injections hurt?
There is some discomfort associated with Restylane injections. However, Dr. Behnam uses very strong topical creams prior to the injections, thus making it more comfortable. Also, Dr. Behnam will gently inject the Restylane and he also uses Restylane-L, which is already pre-mixed with Lidocaine numbing. These will make the procedure more tolerable.
Can I have Restylane injected into my frown lines?
Yes. Restylane can be injected into frown lines. Restylane works synergistically even better in the frown lines when it is combined with Botox or Dysport.
Which one lasts longer, Restylane or Juvederm?
Bot Restylane and Juvederm last about 5-6 months. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane last about 9 to 12 months.
I don’t know what I need, what should I do?
Every face is different and every face requires a customized injection plan. An injection for one person might not necessarily work for another person. Also, based upon Dr. Behnam’s expertise and experience, there are some fillers that might be better suited for some parts of the face and not others. For instance, Radiesse and Sculptra are better for cheek augmentations while Restylane is better to fill in the hollowness under the eyes. Thus, to figure out what your face might need, please see Dr. Behnam for an evaluation and recommendations. Remember, not all fillers are created equal and not all fillers will look good in everybody, so choosing the right filler for your concerns is the most important part of the entire process.
Can I combine Restylane with other fillers like Radiesse or Sculptra?
Yes. Restylane can be combined with other fillers like Radiesse or Sculptra. The reason is that Restylane is placed in the superficial skin whereas Radiesse and Sculptra are placed deeper in the skin. Given the fact that the plane of injection is different, these fills should not interfere with one another.
Can I use Perlane instead of Restylane?
Yes, depending on the severity of wrinkle and fold. Both Perlane and Restylane are stabilized hyaluronic acids. The difference is that Perlane is a thicker material and is intended for deeper folds. Perlane also lasts longer. Please ask Dr. Behnam to see which one is better for your concern.
Can Restylane be used to fill in forehead lines?
Yes. Restylane can be used to smooth out forehead wrinkles. Restylane works better when used with Botox or Dysport on the forehead.
Can Restylane be used to fill in Crow’s feet?
Although Restylane can be used in the crow’s feet area, it can give a lumpy look, thus Dr. Behnam refrains from using Restylane in this area. The best options for the crow’s feet include Botox and Dysport.
What is Restylane-L?
Restylane-L is Restylane that is pre-mixed with Licodain. This helps making the injections more tolerable.