Facial volume loss is often overlooked when we think about aging. It takes little notice from most people when compared with wrinkles and sagging skin, but it’s a factor in both of these signs of aging and can have a massive impact on the overall appearance of the face. As we age, collagen, elastin, and fat all break down, making the face lose volume and become less firm. There are ways to restore some of this volume for a more youthful, healthy appearance, and these treatments don’t have to be invasive or require a lot of downtime. Hyaluronic acid fillers have come a long way in the last decade, and formulas like Restylane Lyft are now optimized for specific purposes and different areas of the face. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein offers patients a wide range of minimally-invasive filler options, including Restylane Lyft, at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Newburgh, NY.
What is Restylane Lyft?
Restylane Lyft is an FDA-approved injectable filler formulated with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the body that helps give skin its volume and hydration. Restylane Lyft was formerly known as Perlane-L, and it is a tried-and-true method for bringing volume and youthful contour back to the cheeks and midface. This area often begins to sag and lose volume early in the aging process, but Restylane Lyft can temporarily restore this volume with very little discomfort and downtime through a simple injection process. It is also a great option for smoothing the deep nasolabial folds that run from the nose down the inside edge of the cheeks.
The Benefits of Restylane Lyft
For many patients, Restylane Lyft is the perfect solution for the effects of early aging. It can provide subtle but noticeable lift and volume to the cheek area, restoring a youthful appearance without surgery or invasive procedures. One of the biggest perks patients enjoy with Restylane Lyft and other fillers is the simplicity and minimally invasive nature of the treatment. All that is required is an office visit and a quick injection session before patients can return to their lives looking rejuvenated and refreshed. Most patients experience a boost in confidence and self-esteem after receiving Restylane Lyft treatments due to the reduction in sagging skin and volume loss.
Who is a Candidate?
The good news about hyaluronic acid fillers is that the treatments are very safe and appropriate for a wide range of patients. Almost any healthy adult who is concerned with sagging skin or volume loss in the cheek and midface area may be a good candidate for the procedure. However, a patient’s individual health history, aging patterns, and expectations may affect overall candidacy. For instance, patients who are allergic to lidocaine, which is used to make the injections more comfortable, or gram-positive bacterial proteins should not undergo Restylane Lyft treatments. Pregnant women and people with bleeding disorders should also not be treated with Restylane Lyft.
It’s important for patients to be realistic and understand the limitations of the procedure before making the decision to move forward. Looking at before and after pictures can help you see what kind of results you can expect from Restylane Lyft treatments. Dr. Rubinstein will always recommend the treatments he believes will help you reach your goals.
The Restylane Lyft Consultation
Before your first Restylane Lyft treatment, you will meet with Dr. Rubinstein to ensure that the treatment is a good fit for your needs. At your appointment, you will discuss your goals with Dr. Rubinstein, and he will evaluate your signs of aging and health history, putting together a customized treatment plan to suit your needs. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask any questions you have about Restylane Lyft or other cosmetic treatments, and you’ll get a chance to get to know Dr. Rubinstein before you schedule your appointment. This is a valuable time to gather information and make decisions about your treatment, so come in with an open mind and be prepared to take notes.
The Restylane Lyft Procedure
Restylane Lyft is formulated with lidocaine, an anesthetic that helps to make the injection process more comfortable. However, patients also sometimes receive a local or topical anesthetic for improved comfort. During the procedure, Dr. Rubinstein carefully injects one or more syringes of Restylane Lyft into the cheeks and/or nasolabial fold areas to restore volume. The product is injected deep below the surface into the fat layers underneath the skin. Because there are no incisions, no stitches are needed. Patients can return home after the treatment is complete.
Recovery from Restylane Lyft
Patients may experience some swelling, redness, tenderness, and bruising after the treatment, and any discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication (usually only acetaminophen-based painkillers are recommended). These side effects should subside quickly, and patients can get back to their normal everyday activities immediately.
What is the difference between Restylane Lyft and other hyaluronic acid fillers?
While most dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, there are subtle differences in the formulas based on where they will be used. The hyaluronic acid molecules used in Restylane Lyft are bigger and more robust than those used for more delicate or high-movement areas of the face, or in more all-purpose formulas. Your doctor will be able to explain the differences between your filler options in more detail during your consultation.
Are Restylane Lyft and Perlane the same thing?
Yes, Perlane-L is now known as Restylane Lyft. Patients have enjoyed the benefits of Perlane for years and can continue to receive the same great treatment with FDA-approved Restylane Lyft.
How will I know if I need Restylane Lyft treatments or a different procedure?
You and your doctor will discuss your options in depth before you make a decision. Each person has different needs, and only an expert plastic surgeon will be able to advise you on which option makes the most sense for helping you to meet your goals. Your surgeon may even advise a combination treatment to ensure you get the best results possible.
Are there any risks to Restylane Lyft injections? Any side effects?
Injectable fillers like Restylane are very safe overall. Allergic reactions to lidocaine can occur, so patients need to be honest with their plastic surgeon about their history of allergies. Side effects are generally minimal and temporary, often consisting of swelling, redness, tenderness, and bruising.
Can Restylane Lyft treatments be combined with other procedures?
Absolutely. Many patients choose to undergo both Restylane Lyft treatments and Botox for smoothing out dynamic wrinkles. If your surgeon thinks you could benefit from combining treatments, he or she will recommend this to you while planning your treatment.
How does Restylane Lyft work?
There are two ways Restylane works. First, the hyaluronic acid gel actively plumps up the cheeks and midface folds by adding extra volume. Second, the hyaluronic acid molecules hydrate the face, plumping and firming the skin for a more youthful contour and glow.
Can Restylane Lyft increase collagen production?
Restylane Lyft provides excellent temporary volume to the cheek area, but it cannot increase collagen production in the skin. However, there are other minimally invasive procedures that can, which could potentially be combined with Restylane Lyft treatments for comprehensive, long-lasting results.
Are there any activity restrictions after the treatment?
Patients can typically return to normal activities right after treatment. However, you should ask your surgeon if he or she suggests restricting any activities and for how long after the treatment. Let your body be your guide—if you need some time to rest up after the treatment, then by all means take the time you need.
When will I see the results? How long will they last?
Patients will see results immediately after the treatment. However, swelling can obscure some of the results for a few days after treatment. Once swelling has dissipated, the final results should be visible, and most patients will see results for up to a year or more before touch-up treatments are needed.
What’s the right age for Restylane Lyft?
Patients should be over the age of 21, but individual rates of aging will determine whether or not the treatment is appropriate.
Tailor Your Treatments
Looking in the mirror and seeing gaunt cheeks looking back at you? It may be time to think about adding Restylane Lyft to your beauty regimen for a youthful, confident look. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of hyaluronic acid treatments, you should consult with an expert like Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein. To schedule your consultation in Newburgh, New York, call 845-863-1772 today.