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Restylane® San Francisco

Among the injectable filler materials Dr. Maas offers at The Maas Clinic in San Francisco, Restylane® is one of the more commonly requested and administered.

In fact, Restylane® is the world’s most used, most studied dermal filler, and has been used in over 70 countries and in more than 1.4 million treatments in the U.S. Restylane® – and the newer addition to the Restylane® family of products – Restylane Lyft® are injected in much the same fashion as Collagen but do not require a skin test, as no allergic reactions are expected. Results are immediate and natural, and ‘downtime’ is usually only a few hours.

Restylane® and Restylane Lyft® are comprised of Hyaluronic Acid, an injectable agent well suited to correct wrinkles, enhance lips or otherwise augment soft tissue. Hyaluronic Acid may be derived from animal sources (rooster comb) or, as in the case of Restylane® and Restylane Lyft®, may be laboratory created. Restylane Lyft® is primarily the same product as Restylane®, but Restylane Lyft® filler contains a larger concentration of hyaluronic acid. Because of this higher concentration of hyaluronic acid, Restylane Lyft® is usually used for larger folds, while Restylane® injections are better suited for smaller wrinkles or to maintain the results of a previous Restylane Lyft® injection.

Common uses for Restylane® and Restylane Lyft® include:

  • Wrinkle correction
  • Diminishing worry lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, marionette lines at corners of the mouth, and smoker’s lines
  • Lip enhancement
  • Reducing the severity of nasolabial folds
  • Chin augmentation
  • Filling cheek depressions
  • Redefining lip border
  • Softening acne scars

Other, less common, uses for Restylane San Francisco and Restylane Lyft® include:

  • Filling hollows under the eyes
  • Creating a temporary eyebrow lift
  • Correcting facial depressions caused by fat loss
  • Softening the appearance of jowls

Lunchtime Blepharoplasty

Got Bags?

As we age, the firmly suspended facial tissue so closely associated with youth begins to succumb to the force of gravity. When the fat pockets immediately beneath the eyes begin to droop, two effects are realized:

  • The previously fatty area is now devoid of tissue, resulting in a darkened, hollow appearance under the eyes. These depressions are commonly known as “bags.”
  • This “infraorbital” fat that has shifted downward now rests atop pre-existing fat in the upper cheek area, which results in an elevated fatty area that further exaggerates the depth and hollowness of the under-eye depressions.

These “bags” under the eyes may result in a tired and more aged appearance. Until recently, the only significant improvement was gained by undergoing a “lower blepharoplasty,” a surgical reshaping of the lower eyelid. A lower blepharoplasty may still be necessary if the depressions worsen, but there is now a minimally invasive option that may delay surgical treatment.

A “Lunchtime Blepharoplasty” is achieved by placing a dermal filler, such as Restylane® San Francisco or Radiesse®, into the recessed area under the eye in order to replace the pocket of fatty tissue which has gravitated downward. The procedure takes less than an hour and there is minimal downtime associated. Some bruising may occur but is easily camouflaged with cosmetics.

Fillers from the Restylane Family

Restylane® Lyft

Of the many injectable fillers offered at The Maas Clinic, Restylane® Lyft is an injectable cosmetic dermal filler that has been used to soften wrinkles and facial folds of patients across the world.

It is also popular filler for lip augmentation, facial depressions, and facial scarring.

Restylane® Lyft is manufactured by Medicis the same company that manufacturers Restylane. Restylane® Lyft is primarily the same product as Restylane ® but Restylane® Lyft filler contains a larger concentration of hyaluronic acid. Because of this higher concentration of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® Lyft is usually used for larger folds, while Restylane® is better suited for smaller wrinkles or to maintain the results of a previous Restylane® Lyft injection.

Restylane® Lyft is made from non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA) gel. This means that Restylane® Lyft contains no animal products. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin and other tissue, there is no need for a skin test when using Restylane® Lyft filler.

The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® Lyft injections supplements the body’s natural supply, which becomes depleted with age. Restylane® Lyft is biodegradable so its effects are not permanent. The results of a Restylane® Lyft filler treatment tend to last six months to a year. This is much longer than the typical results of collagen injections, which may only last three to six months.

Restylane® Silk

Information about Restylane® Silk Injectable Gel with 0.3% Lidocaine:

Restylane® Silk is a crystal clear injectable gel composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the body. Restylane® Silk is non-animal based and free from animal protein. Allergy pretesting is not necessary. Restylane® Silkcontains 0.3% lidocaine, which was added to reduce the discomfort associated with the treatment.

A clinical study was conducted with Restylane® Silk to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of injections to enhance lip fullness and to improve the wrinkles around the lips. The study included 221 mostly female subjects and evaluated subjects with light and dark skin. Subjects with very dark skin were not studied.

Ninety-eight percent (98%) of subjects reported improvement in their lip fullness 14 days after injection and 76% of the subjects still had lip improvement 6 months after their injection.

The majority of adverse events were mild in intensity and the most common symptoms were lip swelling, contusion, and lip pain. The incidence of adverse event decreased significantly after the second treatment.

Restylane® Silk is contraindicated for patients with severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis or history or presence of multiple severe allergies; patients with a history of allergies to gram positive bacterial proteins; patients with bleeding disorders; for implantation in anatomical spaces other than the dermis or submucosal implantation for lip augmentation and should not be used in patients with previous hypersensitivity to local anesthetics of the amide type, such as lidocaine.

Non- Surgical Lower Blepharoplasty

To minimize the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, the use of derma facial fillers are an excellent solution. Dark circles can be caused by several different factors. In many individuals, the skin directly under the eyes is very thin so that the muscle and blood vessels can be seen more clearly. Dark circles can also be the result of fat bulging in the lower eyelid or insufficient fat directly underneath the eye (tear trough), giving a “hollow” appearance. By injecting fillers such as Restylane®, Radiesse®or Juvederm® into this tear-trough area, the shadow is less noticeable, making you look more rested. Swelling and or bruising after the injections can occur in some patients, but is usually minimal and easily covered with makeup, such as Oxygenetics™ which is a mineral based foundations that are safe to use during healing and very effective at covering minor post operative bruising.

Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any questions you may have about Restylane® in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email.

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