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 – Perlane® 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 Perlane® 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 Perlane®, may be laboratory created. Perlane® is primarily the same product as Restylane®, but Perlane® filler contains a larger concentration of hyaluronic acid. Because of this higher concentration of hyaluronic acid, Perlane® is usually used for larger folds, while Restylane® injections are better suited for smaller wrinkles or to maintain the results of a previous Perlane® injection.
Common uses for Restylane® and Perlane® 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 Perlane® include:
- Filling hollows under the eyes
- Creating a temporary eyebrow lift
- Correcting facial depressions caused by fat loss
- Softening the appearance of jowls
Restylane Lips Front View
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.
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™ or True™ which are both mineral based foundations that are safe to use during healing and very effective at covering minor post operative bruising.
Official Restylane® Before & After Photos
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