Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane® Lyft and Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinion are my own.
While I’m obsessed with my anti-aging products and regimes, I have not hopped on the injection train quite yet. But that’s not to say that I haven’t been collecting knowledge, tips, and doctor reccs for when the time comes. I’m like a newly single girl eyeing Tinder/Hinge/Bumble/Christian Mingle — I’m not quite ready but it’s bound to happen. BECAUSE SOMEHOW I DIDN’T GET MY MOTHER’S FREAK GENES (behold her 67-year-old face, never touched by a needle). Also, years of unprotected sun exposure. Sigh.
Anyway, I’ve recently been hearing chatter about Restylane® and I was invited to an event to learn more about it, coincidentally at the office of Dr. Anna Pare — a dermatologist I saw recently and has a reputation for being the best in the city.
What sets these treatments apart from other fillers are that they’re targeted for certain areas of the face. Restylane® Silk is the first FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip enhancement and smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth (in patients 21 or older). As we age, we do get lines and wrinkles around our mouths (hello, they’re always moving) and start to lose the definition of our lip line (you don’t even think about this but IT’S A REAL THING). At the event, we watched a patient get this treatment done and it seemed simple and relatively painless with a series of small injections along the lip line.
Restylane® Lyft is the first and only FDA approved filler for cheek augmentation and the correction of moderate to severe nasolabial folds (read: smile lines). Again, this is a wonderful targeted treatment to bring a youthful appearance back to the face. But I see it as something for an older patient.
What I like about these treatments (and especially when Dr. Pare does them) is the goal of a natural-looking appearance. They’re not designed to change your face, make it immobile, or turn your mouth into Kylie Jenner’s. They are subtle enhancements.
Here are two before and afters.
A couple women at the event who had received Restylane Silk expressed how much better their lips looked with lipstick — especially darker shades they always wanted to wear but felt their lips were too thin for prior to the treatment.
So if you’re interested in options to treat your lips and/or cheeks, definitely look into Restylane. Because it’s about enhancing your natural beauty, not looking like a Real Housewife.
Important Safety Information
Indications: The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane®. Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane are indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane–L are indicated for mid-to-deep dermal implantation. Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine are indicated for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis. Restylane Silk is indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation and dermal implantation for correction of perioral rhytids in patients over the age of 21. Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane and Restylane-L are also indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation in patients over the age of 21.
Products in the Restylane family contain traces of gram-positive bacterial protein and are contraindicated for patients with allergies to such material or in patients with severe allergies that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by patients with bleeding disorders or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Restylane and Restylane-L for lip enhancement and Restylane Silk should not be used by people under 22 years. Restylane-L, Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine. Products should not be injected anywhere except the dermis, superficial subcutis (Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine only), or lip submucosa (Restylane, Restylane-L, and Restylane Silk only).
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. 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 7 days. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. Do not implant into blood vessels. Use with caution in patients recently treated with anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors to avoid bleeding and bruising.
The Restylane family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Perlane are available at www. RestylaneUSA.com. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is available at www.RestylaneLyft.com.