Restylane® Refyne and Defyne are the newest additions to the Restylane family. They are specifically formulated hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that are specifically used to correct smile (marionette) lines for a more natural and youthful looking face.
The main difference between the two is that Restylane® Refyne treats mild to moderate lines and wrinkles, while Restylane® Defyne is used to treat moderate to severe smile lines. Both fillers are long lasting – up to 12 months.
Restylane® Refyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.
What is Restylane® Refyne for?
As you age, your facial skin begins to lose its elasticity and volume. As a result, your “laugh lines”, the creases that run from the sides of your nose toward the corners of your mouth, become more pronounced. Restylane® Refyne injectable gel is designed to temporarily help counter this by smoothing out these wrinkles and folds and restoring a natural, soft look to your face. Restylane® Refyne has been shown to maintain this effect for up to 12 months.
How is Restylane® Refyne used?
Restylane Refyne® is injected into the facial skin through a small needle to smooth facial wrinkles and folds (laugh lines), resulting in a more youthful appearance of the skin. For most patients, the procedure only takes 15 – 30 minutes.
Are there any reasons why I should not receive Restylane® Refyne?
Before using Restylane® Refyne, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. You will be asked questions about possible allergies to ensure that Restylane Refyne can be safely administered. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis). Use of Restylane® Refyne may result in an allergic reaction.
- Are allergic to the anesthetic lidocaine or to any of the proteins used to make the hyaluronic acid in Restylane® Refyne (bacterial proteins). Use may result in an allergic reaction.
What happens in the office before the injection?
The following is an example of what your doctor may do before the injection procedure.
- Talk to you about your medical history including questions about prior procedures, surgeries, illnesses and medications, you have taken.
- Talk to you about your desired results for your procedure.
- Examine your face and discuss whether Restylane® Refyne is the right treatment for you.
- Review what you should expect during and after the procedure.
- Let you know of any possible side effects that you may experience, and what to do if you experience these.
- Take photos of the area of your face that will be treated.
- Your doctor may also have additional ways of evaluating patients and preparing them for a procedure
What happens during the procedure?
Your doctor may do the following during your procedure:
- Your skin will be cleansed prior to treatment.
- Use a cream or ointment called a topical anesthetic to numb the area where you will receive your injection.
- Your doctor will begin the procedure by giving you the first injection, then pausing to allow the anesthetic that is part of Restylane® Refyne to continue to numb the area around your injection site. The anesthetic part of Restylane® Refyne has been shown to significantly reduce the pain and discomfort that may occur with a dermal filler gel injection.
- Your doctor will continue the injection of Restylane® Refyne until the area being treated shows the desired results.
- After the injection is completed, your doctor may gently massage the area that was treated to ensure that the dermal filler gel is distributed evenly and looks natural.
What should I expect following the procedure?
Your doctor will also tell you what to expect following treatment. For the first 24 hours, you should avoid or minimize hard (strenuous) exercise. You should also avoid or minimize exposure to extensive sun or heat. Exposure to any of these may cause the area where you were treated to temporarily become red, swell and/or itch. If you experience any of these, an ice pack can be applied for relief.