Restylane® Silk 1.0
Restylane® Silk is the first filler formulated with lidocaine that is FDA approved specifically to for rejuvenation of the lips and lines around the mouth. Like the well-established Restylane® filler, Restylane® Silk is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler made from long chains of sugars that occur naturally in the skin. It is uniquely formulated and cross-linked to create a softer consistency that fills in lines with a very natural look. And since it is an HA filler, it can be carefully moulded and shaped into the desired contour after injection.
What makes Restylane® Silk different?
The loss of volume is one of the hallmarks of facial ageing. This occurs in varying degrees of severity and can lead to significant changes in the facial appearance. One of the most noticeable changes is the loss of cheekbone definition. Historically, this was addressed with surgery to tighten the overlying skin and lift the deeper soft tissues. More recently, volumizing fillers have been used to provide a similar ‘lift’ without surgery. The goal is to restore volume in the midface to create a natural, youthful face.
What are the goals of a Restylane® Silk treatment?
Patients who are good candidates for treatment either desire more fullness of their lips or a lip rejuvenation. Using small amounts of Restylane® Silk filler placed correctly, natural lip fullness can be created. However, many patients do not desire fuller lips, but would rather like to rejuvenate the lips and eliminate the fine lines around the mouth. This can also be accomplished, with no significant change to the size of the lips. Rather, this type of lip rejuvenation will serve to define the lips, rather than augment them.
Does Restylane® Silk treatment of the lips look unnatural?
One of the major misconceptions about lip filler treatments is that the results look unnatural. While in inexperienced hands this can certainly occur, a proper lip treatment result should always look natural.
What should I expect after a Restylane® Silk injection?
Results are immediate and typically last for several months, and often up to one year. The duration of filler correction depends on the facial area treated, the injection technique, and the rate that the patient’s tissues break down the filler. Most patients can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Some patients may experience slight swelling and bruising, but this typically improves rapidly.
Is there any downtime after a Restylane® Silk injection?
There is no downtime after treatment, and patients may return to their normal activities. In some patients, there are temporary side effects, such as minor swelling and bruising, but these are usually mild.
What are the common side effects of a Restylane® Silk treatment?
Side effects are generally minor, such as bruising or mild swelling, and can be easily concealed with makeup. Avoiding certain medications and supplements, such as baby aspirin and fish oil, can minimize bruising.
How do I know if Restylane® Silk is right for me?
To learn if Restylane® Silk is right for you, Dr. Greene will perform a thorough consultation. Dr. Greene has experience with several different fillers and will select the best filler combination for you.
Can Restylane® Silk be removed or dissolved?
One of the major advantages of Restylane® Silk is that it is composed of hyaluronic acid (HA). If necessary, HA fillers can be dissolved with an enzyme in a very simple procedure.
Does Restylane® Silk require any special training or experience?
All facial fillers require extensive experience to achieve the absolute best results. Use of a filler such as Restylane® Silk requires experience and advanced understanding of anatomy of the face. There is significant variability among patients’ anatomy and each treatment is unique, requiring a trained eye and artistic understanding of the lips and surrounding area.
Are the treatments with Restylane® Silk painful?
Patients usually report only minimal or mild discomfort during treatment. Restylane® Silk is formulated with lidocaine to enhance patient comfort.
Can Restylane® Silk be combined with other facial fillers?
Restylane® Silk is often used with other facial fillers during a patient’s treatment. While Restylane® Silk can be used safely in most areas of the face, it is ideally suited for the lips and areas around the mouth.
What ages are most appropriate for treatment with Restylane® Silk?
While theoretically any patient with deficiency in the lips and/or perioral area (around the mouth) could benefit from Restylane® Silk treatment, there are some important principles to understand when it comes to selecting appropriate patients for Restylane® Silk treatment. Younger patients with minimal volume loss may desire more fullness to their lips, while older patients often want to rejuvenate and enhance the area around the lips, eliminating the fine lines and sunken look. Regardless, there is no absolute age limit for Restylane® Silk treatment.