As we move into the coming frozen months, the famed mitten of Michigan becomes more than the shape of the state; it becomes a fashion necessity. If only we had that one big mitten when the temps drop below zero!
But we can look forward to the warmth of the upcoming holidays and the various parties and get-togethers we’ll be attending. Now’s a good time to think about maybe pumping up the volume up this season. Not on the sound system — on the areas of your face that have lost volume due to declining collagen production and aging.
At Elite we carry the complete line of Restylane dermal fillers to target just about anywhere on your face, and even the backs of your hands. Each filler returns volume to erase creases or plump areas that have flattened.
What are the various Restylane products and where are they used?
Originally, Restylane® was a single filler. Over the years, an entire family of Restylane® fillers has been developed, each targeted to a specific area of the face. At Elite Plastic Surgery, we offer the entire Restylane® line. Here are the descriptions of each Restylane® product, what types of wrinkles they target, and how long you can expect them to last.
- Restylane® — This was the flagship product, the first dermal filler. It remains very popular around the world. It targets marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and other wrinkles by adding volume beneath the wrinkle or crease and pushing the surface skin upward. Its results last from 6-9 months.
- Restylane®Silk — Restylane® Silk is FDA approved specifically for the lips. It is used for subtle lip enhancement and for the correction of vertical lip lines. It provides results for around six months.
- Restylane®Lyft — Restylane® Lyft adds volume to the cheeks and corrects smile lines. Lyft also can be used to replace volume loss on the hands (see section below). Results last from one year to 18 months.
- Restylane®Refyne —Restylane® Refyne was approved by the FDA in December 2016. This addition to the Restylane® line (along with Defyne, see below) is used to correct smile (marionette) lines and nasolabial folds. Refyne is specifically formulated to treat mild to moderate lines and wrinkles. Galderma has cross-linked the gel in Restylane® Refyne and Defyne to help support the patient’s natural expressions — for real-life results that help maintain natural movement when smiling, frowning, or otherwise moving your mouth.
Approved along with Refyne, Defyne also specifically targets nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The difference is that Defyne is designed for use on moderate to severe creases and lines. Both Refyne and Defyne provide results that last up to one year.
Can Restylane be used for hand rejuvenation?
In May 2018, Restylane Lyft became the first dermal filler to receive FDA approval for use on the hands. It was approved to treat age-related volume loss on the back of the hands.
The hands are often overlooked as a marker of aging, but fat volume loss, declining collagen production, thinning skin, and overall sun damage can make your tendons, veins, and the metacarpal bones stick out. This can make your hands look older than anywhere else on your body, leaving them skeletal and bony.
Dermal fillers have been used “off label” on the hands for years, but the FDA approval of Lyft for the hands is a big step forward. Our trained Elite injectors inject Lyft underneath the skin, but above the connective tissue that covers the tendons, bones, vessels, and nerves. Patients notice instant volume improvement in their hands, and these improvements tend to last for about six months.
Are you ready to pump up the volume for your holiday throwdowns around Grand Rapids? Call us at Elite, (616) 459-1907, to schedule your session with a Restylane filler.