First approved by the FDA in 2006, Restylane® rapidly became one of the world’s most popular dermal fillers. It is trusted around the world to fill wrinkles and creases and return volume to the cheeks.
The lips also suffer from volume loss with aging, plus they develop vertical lines known as lip lines. To address these concerns, the makers of Restylane®added Restylane Silk to the product line in January 2015. At Advanced Anti-Aging & Weight Loss, we use Restylane® Silk to add natural definition and symmetry to the lips, and to fill in those irritating vertical lines.
WHAT IS RESTYLANE® SILK?
Restylane® Silk is made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body whose role is to plump, firm, and hydrate the skin. Hyaluronic acid can do this because it is able to hold 1000 times its weight in water! When compared to other Restylane® products, the hyaluronic acid particles in Silk are much smaller, making it perfect for plumping the lips but not overdoing it. The goal is natural-looking volume enhancement.
WOULD I BENEFIT FROM USING RESTYLANE® SILK?
Most people don’t think about their lips when considering the signs of facial aging. But your lips, like the rest of your face, show signs of aging. Volume loss due to decreasing collagen production thins your lips. Plus, that shrinking allows vertical lip lines to develop. Other people, no matter their age, either wish to have plumper lips or to address asymmetry from side to side.
WHAT AREAS ARE BEST FOR RESTYLANE® SILK?
At Advanced Anti-Aging & Weight Loss, our experienced team uses Silk to enhance the lips in two ways: to add definition and create symmetry, and to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles on the lips and areas surrounding the mouth. You may have heard these vertical lines referred to as “barcode lines.” Silk does a great job at filling and adding volume, without looking artificial and overdone.
These are specific areas Restylane® Silk addresses:
Cupid’s bow— We add definition to this area in the middle of the upper lip, which looks the most attractive when it is well defined and when the two sides are equal.
Side-to-side symmetry— We make both sides of the lips equal for patients bothered by uneven lips.
Fullness in the center— Beautiful lips are more full in the center, with that fullness tapering off at the corners.
Profile projection— When someone is seeing your lips from the side, the upper lip should project slightly beyond the lower lip.
HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST WITH SILK?
Galderma, the manufacturer of Silk, details studies that show 98 percent of patients using Silk noticed significant improvement in the fullness of their lips and surrounding wrinkles 14 days after their injections. After six months, 76 percent said they still saw noticeably more fullness in their lips. Although results vary for individual patients, generally we find that Restylane® Silk increases volume and fills vertical lip lines for around six months. For some people, as you continue repeat treatments, your results may tend to lengthen.
WHAT IS A SESSION LIKE?
A session to enhance your lips with Restylane® Silk at Advanced Anti-Aging & Weight Loss takes around one hour. There is no pain involved because Silk contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS WITH SILK?
The main side effects with these injections are some redness and swelling at the injection sites. This usually lasts a day or so, but is not severe. There can also be some mild bruising, but it can easily be covered. To minimize any swelling or bruising, gently icing your lips immediately after your session is helpful. There is a chance of developing lumps, but that is rare and can be reversed immediately. An injection of an enzyme that neutralizes the hyaluronic acid.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
For more information on Restylane Silk and how it can help add volume and shape to your lips, contact us today at (812) 475-9199 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Evansville, Jasper and surrounding areas in IN.