Restylane® and Perlane® are cosmetic fillers that are injected into areas of decreased volume that show up in your face over time due to aging, smoking and the effects of gravity and sun. These fillers are hydrophilic and the purpose is to add volume, thus diminishing or almost completely eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. These techniques are also used in conjunction with plastic facial surgery. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body and provides volume and fullness in the skin. Over time, women lose this substance 33% faster than men. Restylane® and Perlane® are modified to provide a volume-enhancing effect that will last longer than what would be expected from “naturally” occurring hyaluronic acid found in the body.
The Restylane® brand is the top selling dermal filler in the world. To date, over 1.4 million treatments of Restylane® have been done in more than 70 countries. The results of Restylane® last about 6 months, although studies show that with one repeat injection, results can last up to 18 months. The FDA has given Restylane® an 18-month duration approval time frame, provided a specific application pattern is provided. This can provide on-going “full correction” for up to the specified time frame, thus keeping you satisfied longer, cutting down on re-treatments and costing you less in the long run.
Perlane is specifically designed for deeper lines and wrinkles. Many times both fillers are used at one session depending on the correction required. Your provider will recommend what is best for your concerns. The goal is to get you the longest duration possible. Your provider will also prepare you for the injection with an anesthetic block, numbing cream, or ice. There are numerous areas that are possible for treatment, including lips, nasal folds, and marionette lines around the mouth and under the eyes. Cheeks and other areas can also be enhanced with Perlane®.