Aging doesn’t progress at the same rate for everyone. Depending on factors like lifestyle, genetics, and environment, some people may age more quickly or have different aging patterns than others. Wrinkles, volume loss, and sagging skin all play a role in aging, and the good news is that there are now many different options for non-invasive treatments that can address these signs of aging. One of the most popular treatment types today is the dermal filler—injectable gels that can temporarily ease wrinkles, add subtle volume, and gently lift facial tissues. Because these fillers have exploded in popularity for their simple treatments and great results, there are now different formulas tailored to specific needs, making the treatments very customizable. Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne are two of the filler options available from Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Newburgh, NY.
What are Restylane Defyne and Refyne?
Like many other dermal fillers, Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne are made from hyaluronic acid molecules in a smooth gel formula. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the skin and it not only has the ability to fill in and smooth wrinkles but also to moisturize and plump up the skin for a more youthful contour. Restylane Defyne is specifically formulated to smooth out the marionette lines and deep nasolabial folds that run from the lower corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth along the inner cheeks. Restylane Refyne has a similar purpose but it is intended for people with more moderate folds rather than very deep wrinkles. Defyne is cross-linked with XpresHAn Technology™ and both formulas maintain natural expression and movement in the face.
The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers have many benefits to offer patients. They are ideal for busy lifestyles because they can address signs of aging for up to a year or more in one simple office visit with no downtime. The procedure itself is a simple injection process, and patients can see the results immediately. Most people who undergo Defyne and Refyne treatments are thrilled with the rejuvenation and youthfulness they see and are eager to recommend the products. Looking younger gives many patients a significant boost to self-esteem and confidence in their everyday lives.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Though most healthy adults are a candidate for Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne treatments, they’re not appropriate for everyone. If you are interested in these procedures, you should know that patients with a history of severe allergies, particularly to the gram-positive bacteria used to formulate hyaluronic acid fillers, are not good candidates for Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne. Patients should also not have bleeding disorders or be pregnant at the time of treatment. It’s important to have realistic expectations for the results of your filler treatments and realize you may need a combination of procedures to reach your specific goals. Dr. Rubinstein will have the final say in evaluating your candidacy for the procedures you are interested in, but he will always try to come up with a treatment plan that works for your unique needs.
Your Restylane Defyne and Refyne Consultation
In order for Dr. Rubinstein to plan your custom treatment, you will need to come to our offices in Newburgh, NY, for an in-person consultation. Dr. Rubinstein will evaluate the severity of your facial wrinkles and folds, and he will ask you questions about your goals and health history. During this meeting, you should ask any specific questions you have about the procedure and get the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you. Your consultation is also an excellent opportunity to get to know Dr. Rubinstein.
The Filler Procedure
The Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne procedures are very similar to those for other injectable fillers. Before the treatment, you may have a topical anesthetic or ice applied to your skin to help numb the area and make the injections more comfortable. Once the areas to be treated are prepared for the injections, Dr. Rubinstein will carefully inject the chosen formula into the laugh lines around the mouth, smoothing out the marionette lines and nasolabial folds. This entire process is brief, usually lasting under an hour. Patients can then return to their normal activities after treatment.
Recovery and Downtime
Because Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne injections are minimally invasive, patients do not need to worry about downtime or activity restrictions after the treatments. It is generally safe to return to work, school, or other normal routines immediately. Some swelling, tenderness, bruising, and redness can occur, but these side effects should begin to fade quickly and will normally be completely gone after just a few days.
Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne are made from hyaluronic acid, a safe substance found naturally in the body. Both products are FDA-approved and have only minimal side effects. As cosmetic treatments go, Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne are among the safest choices available.
Though there are many different hyaluronic acid fillers on the market, you and your surgeon should choose the formula that is tailored most closely to your specific needs. If you have moderate or deep laugh lines, such as marionette lines or nasolabial folds, that are making you look older than you really are, Restylane Defyne or Restylane Refyne may be a good choice for you. With that said, your plastic surgeon will help you determine what formula will best suit your needs.
There is no downtime involved with injectable fillers, and you should be able to return to work right away. However, you may experience some swelling, bruising, redness, and tenderness, which may be noticeable right after treatment. You may want to head home and wait for these symptoms to subside before being social, or discuss with your doctor if it is safe to use makeup to hide these side effects and head back to work immediately.
How long will the results last?
Nearly all patients reported positive results in Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne studies. Many patients still saw improvement in their laugh lines for a year or more after treatment. These fillers are long-lasting and patients shouldn’t need more than an annual treatment for continued good results.
Am I too young for Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne?
There isn’t really a set age for patients to undergo filler treatments; however, the minimum age for these products is 21. Really, anyone who is over 21 and unhappy with the appearance of deep laugh lines could benefit from the treatment, regardless of age.
What’s the difference between the two formulas?
There isn’t much difference between Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne, but Defyne is optimized for deeper wrinkles, while Refyne is better for moderate laugh lines.
Why should a plastic surgeon perform my treatment?
Many patients wonder why a simple procedure like dermal fillers requires the expertise of a highly trained plastic surgeon. The truth is that while these treatments are simple, they do require a skilled professional to administer them properly and to achieve optimal results. There is an artistry involved in the injection techniques used, and you are more likely to have a good experience when you seek help from a reputable plastic surgeon.
Will the results look natural?
Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne are specifically formulated to give patients beautiful, natural results. The hyaluronic acid gel moves with the face, maintaining natural facial expressions and betraying no trace of enhancement. These fillers are a great choice for people who don’t want to look like they had “work done”.
How can I maintain my Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne results?
Injectable fillers don’t last forever, and most patients will need yearly touch-up injections to maintain results. However, you can help increase the longevity of your results by living a healthy lifestyle. Do not smoke, avoid unprotected sun exposure, and eat a healthy diet. Even with these actions, however, the results will not last beyond a year or so.
Should I combine fillers with other treatments?
Sometimes, in order to ensure that your goals are met, your plastic surgeon may suggest that you undergo additional cosmetic treatments to address other signs of aging. Of course, it is up to you as to how much you want to do at once and which options work best for you. Your doctor will walk you through all of the available options and provide custom recommendations.
Choosing the Right Filler
Choosing the right treatment can be overwhelming, which is why you should seek help from a seasoned plastic surgeon. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein offers a wide range of fillers to meet every need, and he will be happy to help you choose the most appropriate option in Newburgh, New York. To schedule a consultation, call 845-863-1772 today.