Restylane is a line of hyaluronic fillers that are popular because they are especially good at delivering natural-looking results. Hyaluronic acid is a miracle substance, one that occurs naturally in the body: not only does it fill out the volume in your skin, but it also helps deliver the nutrients the skin needs to glow.
But what separates Restylane out from the other fillers? Restylane uses a patented NASHA technology, which puts the appropriate particle size to the appropriate treatment.
Smaller particles are used for tiny wrinkles and delicate shaping of the contours of the face.
Meanwhile, larger wrinkles and folds that need a heavier duty particle will see medium-sized particles fill in the gaps.
When severe wrinkling and straightforward volumizing of the face is needed, larger particles are used.
Even more, some of the newest and most innovative brands of Restylane use XpresHAn technology to allow the fullest range of natural expression. These fillers are made from flexible hyaluronic gels.
Restylane and Restylane-L
Restylane is the product that started it all, though typically, you’ll only see Restylane-L at the clinic now.
This is because Restylane-L is essentially the same as the original, except with the addition of lidocaine, a topical numbing agent that makes the filler injection much more comfortable for the patients.
Restylane is the original product, and a gold standard of volumizing. It can be applied to any facial-area.
Restylane Silk, meanwhile, is a formulation of Restylane that uses some of the aforementioned finer particles. This makes Restylane Silk much more appropriate to treat parts of the face that need more delicate contouring.
In particular, this refers to the perioral area. Restylane Silk can also be used to treat the lips directly.
Because the filler is so delicate, injections can be done with ultra-fine needles. These are a great deal more comfortable for patients, and gives the provider more control of how the filler is delivered.
The fineness of the particles is especially appropriate for lip fillers, which must be done very delicately to look natural. How the provider distributes the filler between the top lip, the bottom lip, and creates the plump of the cupid’s bow determines how ‘natural’ it appears to others will still enhancing the sensuousness of the lips.
Meanwhile, a different kind of Restylane formulation is necessary to fill the area around the mid-face. The mid-face area consists of the cheeks and the nasolabial folds.
These areas need larger particles, and longer lasting formulations–which is where Restylane Lyft comes in.
Whereas the other forms of Restylane may last a year or so before they need retouching, Restylane Lyft offers more support and longevity. Lyft can last up to 18 months.
Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne
These are the most advanced of the Restylane products, using the XpresHAn technology. Essentially, these forms of Restylane are made of more flexible hyaluronic acid gels. When the face expresses emotion, changes shape, or even contorts, these gels shift with the face.
What’s the difference between Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne? It’s in the balance of flexibility to support. The gel in these fillers use “cross-linking” to achieve their flexibility. Essentially, you can imagine a tighter net vs. a very loose net.
Although both are very flexible, Restylane Defyne has a tighter net. It will retain its shape a little better than Refyne, which will more flexibly adjust. Thus, Defyne is more appropriate for more severe facial folds, while Refyne is more appropriate for more moderate folds.
Which One of These Should I Get?
With all of these different products, it can be a bit confusing to tell what is best for your needs.
Schedule an appointment to talk to Dr. Tina West to see what will best help you achieve your aesthetic needs.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. West and join the thousands of happy Chevy Chase Restylane patients, email us at Info@westskinlaser.com or call 301-986-9378 (WEST) today!
About Dr. West
Dr. Tina B. West, founder of the West Institute, has served as a consultant and injectable trainer for Allergan and Galderma, training other physicians in advanced treatment techniques using Restylane, Perlane, Scupltra and Dysport as well as Botox.
Dr. West is a board-certified Dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and body contouringprocedures.
Dr. West participated in the original phase III FDA clinical trials for the approval of Botox.