As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The skin also stretches, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity, and lifestyle.
Dermal fillers, such as Restylane®, Juvederm® and Kysse® help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. Dr. Lindsay uses Kysse® exclusively for lip filler due to the favorable properties creating a perfect combination of lip shaping and structuring without an unnaturally proportioned profile (no ducks!). Fillers can also be used to enhance the cheeks and shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars.
Fillers Can Shape, Sculpt, and Rejuvenate
Using High Definition Ultrasound
The Restylane line of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers was originally developed in Sweden and now marketed in the US by Galderma, a leading pharmaceutical company that also produces Dysport®. Restylane is an excellent alternative to other fillers, such as Juvéderm, that is FDA-approved to correct facial folds and wrinkles. All Restylane products are non-animal-based and free from animal protein. Clients who are allergic to avian-based hyaluronic acid treatments can safely use Restylane since it is derived from bacterial origins; however, those with a history of allergic reactions to gram-positive bacterial proteins should not use the product. Restylane fillers are minimally cross-linked which makes them similar to the natural hyaluronic acid found in the body. At Innovative Aesthetics M.D., we offer the entire portfolio of Restylane fillers which include: Restylane-L, Lyft, Silk, Kysse, Refyne, Defyne, and Contour.
Restylane-L is the world’s first hyaluronic acid filler, followed by Juvéderm. Restylane-L is approved for corrections of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the nasolabial folds, and indicated for lip injections. Other common applications include but are not limited to the under eyes (tear trough), frown lines between the eyebrows, marionette lines, ear lobes, and on the browbone to lift the brows. Restylane-L typically lasts 6-8 months but can last as long as 12 months.
Restylane Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L®, is approved for deep injections to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles like the nasolabial folds, cheek augmentation, and restoring volume in the midface due to age-related contour deficiencies. Lyft is also indicated for dorsal hand injections to restore volume loss. Other common applications include but are not limited to the chin, jawline, and nose. Lyft is created using Galderma’s NASHA Technology that confers rigidity to provide lift when injected. Restylane Lyft typically lasts 6 months in facial wrinkles and hands to 12 months in the midface.
Restylane Silk is approved for lip augmentation and to correct perioral wrinkles. Silk provides soft, natural-looking fullness for the lips for clients seeking subtle enhancements. Restylane Silk typically lasts 6-9 months.
Restylane Kysse is approved for lip augmentation and to correct upper perioral wrinkles. Kysse was created using XpresHAn Technology so that the hyaluronic acid in the filler blends with your own body’s HA to maintain a natural-looking lip enhancement. Restylane Kysse typically lasts 9-12 months in the lips.
Restylane Defyne is approved to correct moderate to severe, deep facial wrinkles and folds, such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Defyne is also indicated for chin augmentation to create a more V-shaped face and provide projection to improve the overall facial profile. Defyne was created using XpresHAn Technology which crosslinks the hyaluronic acid to incorporate with the body’s own HA; this affords the dermal filler durability and flexibility so that it can move naturally through your facial expressions. Restylane Defyne typically lasts 9-12 months in the smile lines.
Restylane Refyne is approved to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds like the nasolabial folds. Refyne can also be used to restore volume in the temples and add fullness to the forehead. Refyne was created using XpresHAn Technology which crosslinks the hyaluronic acid to incorporate with the body’s own HA; this affords the dermal filler durability and flexibility so that it can move naturally through your facial expressions. Restylane Refyne typically lasts 9-12 months in the smile lines.
Restylane Contour is the newest addition to the Restylane family and is approved for cheek augmentation and to correct contour deficiencies in the midface. Contour was designed using XpresHAn Technology to confer flexibility so that the filler moves naturally through a range of facial expressions. Restylane Contour typically lasts 9-12 months.
Using a Blunt Tip Cannula for Fillers
This is a game changer for filler injections. Anyone not using some form of blunt tip cannula injection in their practice is not practicing up to the best standard of care. The blunt-tipped cannula is a small tube with an edge that is not sharp and designed for less traumatic injections of fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm in Winston-Salem. Since it is not sharp, the blunt cannula simply glides underneath the skin in a plane that has little resistance. The cannula does not pierce or shear any structures, such as blood vessels or nerves, by pushing these important structures to the side and minimizing the collateral damage. Blunt cannulas have revolutionized dermal filler placements to make them safer and resulting in less bruising. This also means fillers are less painful with less downtime. Some treatment areas will still require some form of needles to be used to deposit precise micro-droplets of product.