What is Perlane & Restylane?
Perlane and Restylane are hyaluronic acid based injectable fillers which can rejuvenate the face and restore youthful contours by replacing lost volume and smoothing moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that exists in the human. As a water-binding substance, it increases volume and density and helps to hydrate the skin. Perlane is particularly effective in treating wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, such as the nasolabial folds and oral commissures, while Restylane is also an excellent treatment for the nasolabial folds. Both fillers can also treat marionette lines and other wrinkles, plump the lips, fill in scars, and restore volume to hollow areas.
Perlane & Restylane – The Procedure
Perlane and Restylane injections are performed in the office setting and take just thirty to forty minutes to complete. Because patients may experience some discomfort, a topical numbing cream is applied beforehand. Discomfort may be worse when used to enhance the lips, in which case numbing injections may be needed. During treatment, Dr. Rubinstein uses a very fine needle to inject the filler beneath the skin in small amounts.
After Treatment: What to Expect
Most patients are immediately able to return to work and other normal activities after treatment with Perlane or Restylane. Some side effects such as bruising, redness, swelling or tenderness at the injection site may occur but these are generally minor and clear up within a few days. Makeup can typically help to camouflage any remaining bruising or redness.
The results of Restylane generally last six to nine months, while Perlane generally lasts six to twelve months. However, the duration of results will vary based on several factors. Results tend to be less long-lasting when used in the lips and more long-lasting when used in areas with little mobility.
Both Perlane and Restylane are very safe injectable fillers with few associated risks. Bruising and swelling are the most common side effects. Though less common, other possible complications may include allergic reaction, numbness and lumpiness.