One of the most drastic changes I’ve seen on my face centers right in the middle of my face and yet it happened so gradually that it was akin to watching grass grow. One day after having applied my lipstick, a few hours later I checked my complexion in my compact and noticed my deep matte lipstick had begun to bleed into these fine lines which had ( unbeknownst to me) taken residence above my upper lip. First of all I was embarrassed by the thought I was walking around all day with these feathered purplish lines emanating from my upper lip and second of all I thought- “WAIT how did I get these? I thought only smokers developed wrinkling over their lips which was one of the reasons I stopped smoking years ago?”
So, to be honest, for a while I actually opted for more muted lip colors and have been waiting to find a way to mitigate the wrinkles around my lips. I figured at least with a lighter shade that feathering won’t be as noticeable- right? And then there’s the issue of my once plump upper lip that once I turned the ripe old age of 40 seems to have lost a bit of its thickness and shape. It’s not that I want Angelina Jolie’s lips- I just want my twenty something lips back. And lucky for me I think I might have found my solution with Restylane.
I know what you are thinking—this product is SOLELY for women who want to achieve that swollen bee-stung lip ala Angelina Jolie, and I am here to tell you- you could not be more wrong! With this innovative product women -who don’t want lips that need their own zip code- can achieve gorgeous, natural-looking lips. The thing is as we age, our lips change and the lines around them become more noticeable. Apparently the muscles that surround the mouth can flatten and shrink, making the lips thinner and less shapely. (YES this is my current situation). Similar to other areas of the face, the lips and area surrounding the mouth also show signs of aging as an individual gets older. This often results in lip thinning, lost shape, and/or an increase in vertical lines above the lip. Apparently lip tissue is different from skin on the the rest of our face. Our lips become stressed via how we move our mouths be it; eating and drinking as well as talking, laughing, crying and the way we express ourselves. Lips also tend to dry out more quickly than the rest of the face.
But don’t take my word for it- arm yourself with some facts first- so that at the very least you can make a well-informed decision and take control of your beauty and age as opposed to being a slave to it! Keep reading for some facts about Restylane® from Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc.
MMSD: What is Restylane and why has it become so popular?
Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc: Restylane® is an injectable gel (also known as a dermal filler) designed to correct and smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and folds in the face, and enhance the lips. Restylane is clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid (HA), a sugar that is naturally found in the skin that provides hydration, fullness and elasticity. The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L ®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine and Restylane® Silk.
- Restylane® is used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds).
- Restylane® Lyft, formerly marketed as Perlane-L®, is an injectable gel used to increase volume and smooth wrinkles in the face. Restylane Lyft is the first and only FDA approved filler indicated to provide fullness to the midface area (cheeks) and to correct and smooth the nasolabial folds (smile lines).
- Restylane® Silk is the first FDA approved product exclusively designed for subtle lip enhancement and the treatment of lines and wrinkles around the mouth (also known as “barcode” or “smoker” lines). Restylane Silk is a smooth, transparent HA gel that can be injected into the lips or the area around the mouth to help restore natural more youthful definition, symmetry and smooth wrinkles.
The Restylane family of products offers individualized treatments with natural-looking results and long-lasting effects. With 190 scientific publications and 150 clinical studies, and more than 3,000 patients in clinical studies, the Restylane family of products are safe and effective products that have been FDA approved based on extensive clinical data. Restylane® is one of the world’s most studied wrinkle fillers and has been used in more than 65 countries worldwide in over 28 million treatments. One of the major reasons for Restylane’s popularity is its versatility, its ease of injection and minimal swelling post procedure.
MMSD: How does Restylane differ from other hyaluronic acid preparations?
Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc: Restylane® is clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid (HA), a sugar that is naturally found in the skin that provides hydration, fullness and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid has a hydrating effect because HA can attract and hold large amounts of water. The introduction of Restylane® dermal filler was instrumental in helping to create the market for HA fillers in aesthetics. The use of Restylane introduced a non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA), a unique patented HA stabilization technology which contains pure HA. Since 2001, HA has surpassed collagen as the preferred dermal filler in aesthetic and corrective procedures. The physiochemical differences between the Restylane family of products and others are significant. Its particular nature makes it more of a lifting product ( high G’) that enables it to act as a great volumizing agent as well, for example Restylane Lyft.
MMSD: Are there any other preparations that can be used instead of Restylane?
Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc: There are other hyaluronic acid fillers on the market, however, I prefer to use Restylane products in my practice. They deliver natural-looking results and high patient satisfaction.
MMSD: Where is Restylane used most effectively?
Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc: Restylane®, Restylane-L® and Restylane® Silk are the FDA-approved products for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years of age. Restylane® Lyft is the first and only FDA approved filler indicated to provide fullness to the midface area (cheeks) and to correct and smooth the nasolabial folds (smile lines).
Restylane® Silk is the first FDA approved product exclusively designed for subtle lip enhancement and the treatment of lines and wrinkles around the mouth (also known as “barcode” or “smoker” lines).
MMSD: Are there any side effects or risks when getting Restylane injections?
Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc: 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 1-2 days in nasolabial folds and less than 3-4 days in lips.
MMSD: In what situations or areas should we not use Restylane?
Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc: People who should not use the Restylane® family of products include:
- Patients who have severe allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria
- Patients with serious allergies to drugs who have required in-hospital treatment
- Patients with a bleeding disorder
- Patients with a known allergy to lidocaine
- Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Patients under 18 years old for nasolabial folds
Additionally, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk and Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used in patients with previous hypersensitivity to local anesthetics, such as lidocaine. 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. In clinical practice the above mentioned issues occur extremely rarely.
This post is written in partnership with Smart Beauty Guide but as is always the case all opinions expressed are my own