The team at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills offers customized dermal filler treatments, like Restylane® injections, for Los Angeles-area patients. The U.S. FDA-approved Restylane® brand is a family of similar dermal filler products, including Restylane-L®, Restylane® Refyne, Restylane® Defyne, Restylane® Lyft, and Restylane® Silk.
The various subtypes are intended as non-surgical treatments to address signs of aging around the nose, mouth, and mid-face. They can lift flattened, drooping skin and fill depressions around the cheekbones and jawline by augmenting the cheeks. Additionally, some types of the filler are used for lip enhancement and to improve dark circles under the eyes (tear troughs).
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in animals. This gelatinous carbohydrate is highly concentrated in the skin, eyes, and connective tissue of humans. It provides lubrication and cushioning for the joints and other movable body parts. Aging skin produces less of the molecule, which leads to thinning, dulling, and sagging.
Restylane® products contain a sterile, biodegradable, non-animal form of hyaluronic acid. When injected into the targeted tissues, Restylane® is efficient at pulling in and holding onto water molecules, with the goal of smoothing moderate to severe facial wrinkles or adding fullness to the skin.
This dermal filler is usually well-tolerated, but people with certain bleeding disorders, allergies, or infections in the treatment area may be advised against having Restylane® injections.
Each of the subtypes has a unique application. Restylane® and Restylane-L® are formulated in a similar way and are meant for mid-to-deep dermal implantation to fill in wrinkles, and also for lip augmentation. Restylane-L contains the local anesthetic lidocaine to improve comfort. Restylane® Lyft can help to round out the cheeks and add volume to the backs of hands.
Restylane® Silk has a smaller and lighter consistency than some other types of Restylane® and is good for subtle, precise definition. It minimizes signs of aging around the mouth and on the lips, such as smoker’s lines, and can also enlarge and soften the lips. Finally, Refyne and Defyne both target marionette lines and nasolabial folds, but the latter is suitable for more deeply etched lines.