Restylane & Perlane
Restylane and Perlane are FDA approved and are very popular fillers in the US today. Restylane and Perlane add to your own natural hyaluronic acid to make treated areas fuller and contoured providing a natural, smooth, and attractive look.
Restylane is a gel-like substance that is injected into the skin, where it restores the fullness that is lost during the aging process. Restylane is the most frequently used filler, and is made from synthetic (non-allergenic) hyaluronic acid, a sturdy complex sugar that is a natural component of the dermis (the middle portion of the skin). Our own supply of hyaluronic acid gets depleted as we age. The injected Restylane binds to water and replaces volume lost with sun damage and aging. Restylane not only replaces lost volume, but more exciting, is that it has been shown to stimulate your own body’s collagen production. The results can last anywhere between 6 to 12 months, but over time, Dr. Loucas finds that patients do not require treatment as frequently to maintain their results, probably due to their own skin’s production of collagen.
Restylane is excellent starter filler for those in there thirties and forties who are beginning to lose volume in their face. Restylane is an excellent volumizer and contouring product that can be used in the following areas:
- Nasolabial folds (the area between the nose and mouth)
- Lip enhancement and shaping
- Lines around the mouth/eyes ( pucker lines and crow’s feet)
- Marionette lines (lines between the lateral lip and chin)
- Cheek and chin contouring and fine line correction
- Acne scar correction
- Infraorbital depression (lower eyelid depressions and creases)
- Earlobe shaping and contouring
Photos courtesy of Restylane
Restylane is non-allergenic, and is made of non-animal product, so skin testing is not necessary. It can safely be used on people allergic to collagen. Restylane now includes an anesthetic in the product, making it a more comfortable procedure. Dr. Loucas prides himself on making sure the patient is as comfortable as possible. He will often anesthetize the area before the treatment with a topical and/or injectable anesthetic. We often use ice before and after treatment, which helps to minimize the risk of bruising. If possible, people considering injectables should try and avoid aspirin, motrin, advil, and alcohol for one week before treatment to help minimize the risks of bruising.