Restylane Silk is a dermal filler that has recently been approved for release in the United States! It’s the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for subtle lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles and lines around the mouth in patients over 21 years of age.
Restylane Silk is part of the Restylane family of fillers and has produced really great results in the area around the mouth and the lips. Just like the other members of the Restylane family, Restylane Silk is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid — a sugar that is naturally present in your skin. Restylane Silk and is typically injected more superficially and can be used for non-surgical lip augmentation/lip enhancement for fuller lips as well as volume replacement in the creases around the mouth and nose.
Like other areas of the face, the lips and skin surrounding the mouth show signs of aging as an individual gets older. This often results in lip thinning, lost shape and an increase in vertical lines above the lip.
Restylane Silk is designed specifically to provide natural-looking results in these areas. That’s why it’s made of smaller, smoother particles than those used in other Restylane products.
In a clinical study of patients treated with Restylane Silk or no treatment, clinical investigators reported:
- 77% of patients treated with Restylane Silk showed at least a one-point improvement in lip fullness (measured on on a 5-point scale) eight weeks after treatment.
- 59% of patients treated with Restylane Silk maintained lip fullness six months after treatment
Restylane® Silk’s unique particle gel formula, along with an ultrafine needle designed for improved accuracy, helps give you softer, more precise results — just what you need for a natural-looking smile.
In the same clinical study, patients treated with Restylane Silk reported fast-acting, long-lasting results:
- 98% of patients reported a visible improvement in lip fullness 14 days after injection
- 76% of patients still had lip improvement six months following injection
Dr. Velargo and Dr. Hendrick are both trained and skilled injectors who use facial fillers both medically and artistically, much like a sculptor, to provide you with a natural younger look. This requires the ability to determine the best areas for injections and how much filler should be used.
Other facial fillers include Juvederm Voluma, Juvederm, Radiesse Restylane, and Belotero. Drs. Velargo and Hendrick may suggest that you use a combination of injectables, including Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin to target more of the lines and wrinkles that are present. Skin resurfacing can also help to smooth certain lines and wrinkles (especially really deep wrinkles around the mouth).
What can Restylane Silk accomplish?
Restylane is ideal to correct:
- Vertical smoker’s lines above the upper lip
- Thin lips, creating natural appearing fuller lips
What happens during Restylane Silk injections?
A tiny needle is used for the injections, and the procedure takes less than 30 minutes. Lidocaine is contained in the injection formula in order to ease discomfort. Dr. Velargo and Dr. Hendrick are believers in cool compress anesthesia as well as acupressure techniques to make the injections as comfortable as possible. If you wish, we will be happy to apply a topical numbing cream before your injections. If you desire the numbing cream, we ask that you arrive approximately 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that it can take effect before the procedure. We have a very comfortable and relaxing “Quiet Room” within the clinic for your enjoyment.
After your injections, you can go home or relax in the quiet room for as long as you desire.
The results are visible immediately and will continue to show some improvement over the course of days as the product attracts water.
What can I expect during recovery from Restylane Silk injections?
You can proceed with most of your activities, including returning to work, after you leave our office following injections with fillers. Most patients experience some minimal swelling, bruising, and soreness for a few days. You can cover any discoloration with makeup, apply cool compresses to reduce the inflammation, and apply topical Arnica Montana to speed the resorbtion of any bruising.
How long do the results of Restylane Silk last?
Restylane Silk injections last approximately 6 months, although some people have seen the results last longer.
In any case, the product stimulates the production of collagen in the skin, so less product may be needed for a similar result in subsequent maintenance injections.
Contact the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today to find out more about expert Restylane Silk injections.