Hyaluronic acid is an essential component in our skin to keep the skin hydrated, smooth, supple and give it support. Unfortunately, as we age, our skin stops producing as much hyaluronic acid, causing the skin to become drier, thinner, weaker, and wrinkles appear more easily. Restylane can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and volume loss by injecting hyaluronic acid gel filler back into the skin and lips.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is a dermal filler commonly used for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as for lip plumping and volume loss in temples and cheeks. It’s made mainly of hyaluronic acid, which works with the body’s own natural hyaluronic acid in order to create a natural, smooth look. Restylane can be used to treat various wrinkles and contours in the face such as nasolabial folds (the folds running from the nose to the sides of the mouth), cheeks, temples, fine lines around the lips, and frown lines. Restylane is also the lip enhancement filler of choice for many people.
Restylane is a hypoallergenic substance, meaning that an allergy test is not needed before treatment. It usually requires no downtime, making it ideal for today’s busy woman or man. A treatment can be performed in under an hour, and most people can get straight back to their normal activities immediately after. Dr Isaac is an expert injector of all fillers and recommends that patients refrain from taking aspirin 7 days prior to treatment in order to minimize potential bruising.
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What is Perlane?
Perlane is from the makers of Restylane, and serves the same purpose by using a hyaluronic acid based gel in order to create volume and fullness to fill in wrinkles. The difference is that Perlane is denser than Restylane, with larger gel particles. This means that Perlane is better suited for deeper wrinkles and folds. Often, Perlane is used in conjunction with a filler such as Restylane to target both deep and superficial wrinkles. In short, Dr. Isaac in Washington DC describes Perlane as a heavier weight Restylane.
What is a Restylane/Perlane treatment like?
Restylane and Perlane share the same treatment process. Using a very fine needle, Dr. Isaac injects the dermal filler into carefully chosen sites. Dr. Isaac will always have an in-depth consultation before any procedure in order to understand exactly what the patient wants and the best way to achieve the most satisfactory results. Dr. Isaac in Washington DC is able to choose the injection sites carefully in order to minimize the number of injections needed.
Restylane and Perlane treatments are not usually painful, the only pain or discomfort coming from the needle entering the skin. However, if a patient is concerned about pain levels, it is possible to apply a topical numbing cream before the injection in order to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that there are many options available when it comes to wrinkle reduction, and we want to make it as easy as possible to find information about different treatments. Here are some common questions that have been asked to Dr. Isaac about Restylane and Perlane.
Q: What is the difference between Restylane and Perlane?
A: Restylane and Perlane are very similar. They are both hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers aimed at the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. The main difference between the two is that Perlane contains larger hyaluronic acid gel particles, thus allowing for deeper penetration into the skin. Perlane can be used to treat deeper contours and wrinkles that a filler such as Restylane may not reach. Since Perlane is a heavier weight Restylane it can last longer in most patients.
Q: How long do treatment results last?
A: Results will vary depending on the individual, but generally Restylane and Perlane treatments last from six months to a year. Duration of benefit also depends on quantity or number of vials of filler used. Dr. Isaac recommends regular injections of filler to maintain their benefit and stimulate your own body’s collagen formation.
Q: What are the side effects and downtime?
A: Restylane and Perlane usually require no downtime, making them ideal “lunch facelift” procedures in the right candidate. Potential side effects include swelling and redness around the injection site, and possible bruising. These side effects do not last long and are not serious. If they last for longer than a week, or if you experience more serious side effects, please contact us immediately. Remember to tell Dr. Melda Isaac about any medications you are taking, especially blood thinners.
Q: Who is a good candidate for Restylane/Perlane?
A: Restylane and Perlane can be good options for patients who are looking to achieve a more youthful look through wrinkle reduction and volume restoration. Restylane is also a popular choice for lip enhancement. Restylane and Perlane may be used together and with other dermal fillers, lasers, skin tightening treatments, and neuromodulators such as Botox.
For more information on wrinkle treatments, visit WebMD.com.
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If you are interested in Restylane or Perlane, or a combination of both, contact MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC today! To find out more information and schedule your consultation, call (202) 817-2249.
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