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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane® Lyft and Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own.
I recently had the opportunity to learn about two dermal fillers, Restylane® Lyft and Restylane® Silk at a “What’s Her Secret?” Blogger Event. This information packed presentation and event was hosted by global healthcare company, Galderma and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Anna Pare of Dermatology Consultants.
The What’s Her Secret? Blogger Event was held in an effort to properly educate the public about dermal fillers that are FDA approved to counteract the signs of the aging face. With increasing popularity of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, it is important that potential patients of these treatments understand which products are FDA approved for specific areas of the face.
In June 2014, Restylane® Silk received FDA approval as the first filler indicated for lip enhancement and treatment of perioral lines, a/k/a smokers lines in patients over the age of 21. Restylane® Silk is designed for individuals looking to address the signs of aging around their lips and mouth with a subtle, natural enhancement. Unlike other Restylane® products, Restylane® Silk is composed of a unique particle formulation that is smaller and smoother, resulting in a softer, more precise result — ideal for restoring and enhancing the smile.
Restylane® Lyft, previously known as Perlane-L® became the first FDA approved dermal filler for cheek augmentation and the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21 in July, 2015. This is the second FDA approval for Restylane® Lyft which had already received FDA approved for the treatment of moderate to severe facial folds, such as the nasolabial folds, a/k/a smile lines.
The “ideal” proportion for lips is 40% top lip and 60% bottom. However, as we age the lips tend to get smaller, typically the top lip becomes smaller and the ratio of lip size ends up being closer to 20% top lip and 80% bottom lip. Also, lips can become uneven with more thinning on one side of the lip than the other.
My lips have never been very full however, in recent years the top lip has lost quite a bit of volume. In addition, the right and left sides have lost their symmetry, with the right side thinning more than the left. Fortunately, my makeup artistry skills have allowed me to camouflage the unevenness and create the illusion of symmetry. I have considered lip injections in the past however, my fear of unnatural, over-injected lips prevented me from pursuing this idea until now. When I learned about Restylane® Silk I decided I would like to make an appointment with Dr. Pare and discuss how this injectable could correct my lip shape without looking over-injected.
Image taken three days after Restylane® Silk treatment administered by Dr. Anna Pare. Minor bruising still visible
My overall impression:
Having had Juvederm treatments in my nasolabial folds in the past, I was thrilled that Restylane® Silk did not have to be smoothed out after injection which can be quite painful. My injections with Restylane® Silk were virtually painless and I had very minimal swelling or bruising. Fullness should last at least six months at which time I will schedule a follow up appointment with Dr. Pare to discuss continued treatment with Restylane® Silk. I would definitely recommend treatment with Restylane® Silk by Dr. Anna Pare for anyone looking to enhance their smile in a way that looks natural and beautiful.
Sending peace, love and happiness to all!
Patient information provided by Galderma: Below is a before and after photo of a 32-year-old patient treated with Restylane-L® and Restylane® Silk. Treatment included: 2 ml of Restylane® Silk in the lips and perioral lines and 1 ml of Restylane-L® in the nasolabial folds.
Important Safety Information
Indications: The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane®. Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane are indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane-L are indicated for mid-to-deep dermal implantation. Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine are indicated for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis. Restylane Silk is indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation and dermal implantation for correction of perioral rhytids in patients over the age of 21. Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane and Restylane-L are also indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation in patients over the age of 21.
Products in the Restylane family contain traces of gram-positive bacterial protein and are contraindicated for patients with allergies to such material or in patients with severe allergies that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by patients with bleeding disorders or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Restylane and Restylane-L for lip enhancement and Restylane Silk should not be used by people under 22 years. Restylane-L, Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine. Products should not be injected anywhere except the dermis, superficial subcutis (Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine only), or lip submucosa (Restylane, Restylane-L, and Restylane Silk only).
Use of products in the Restylane family at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. Do not implant into blood vessels. Use with caution in patients recently treated with anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors to avoid bleeding and bruising.
The Restylane family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Perlane are available at www. RestylaneUSA.com. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is available at www.RestylaneLyft.com