Injectable filler materials are used to enhance or correct contours on the face. Each material has specific properties that influence its application, longevity, and risk/benefit profile. Two of the most effective and popular filler options are Restylane® and Perlane®.
What is Restylane®?
Restylane is a dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural complex sugar molecule occurring in all people. As we age, our skin produces less HA, collagen and elastin. Injection of HA helps to restore volume and smoothness to skin for the lifetime of the filler. Restylane injections help restore volume to skin creases and folds and augment the shape of other areas like the lips, brow, or tear trough area between the nose and lower rim of the eye socket. It can also be used to augment cheek and chin contours.
Restylane has a smooth, natural feel which patients like. It is easy to shape and inject, making it a versatile filler. The diagram shows the level of injection in the skin for different skin problems: fine lines, wrinkles, and deeper folds.
Restylane injections require local anesthesia which can be administered by injection and topical routes. Volume and shaping enhancements are shown to the patient as we go to demonstrate improvement and areas that may benefit from additional volume. After Restylane is injected, there will be some swelling lasting up to 7 days, and some patients may experience minor bruising for up to 2 weeks.
Injection results last 4-12 months, with an average of 6 months depending on site of injection, depth of placement, and individual patient metabolism. Longer-lasting results may be obtained with subsequent injections in some areas. Other versions of Restylane for large volume contouring and very fine lines will add even more versatility to this popular filler.
What is Perlane®?
Perlane, like Restylane, is made from hyaluronic acid (HA). It safely and effectively adds volume and fullness to facial skin in order to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Perlane is commonly used to treat areas such as crow’s feet, marionette lines, facial depressions, and chins which lack definition.
The main difference between Perlane and Restylane is the size of HA particles used. The particles used in Perlane are larger than the particles used in Restylane, making it a more effective treatment for deep facial wrinkles. Restylane, on the other hand, is a better choice for fine lines or for thin-skinned people.
Your Perlane treatment can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. A topical anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort. Dr. Angelchik will inject Perlane into the treatment region. You may experience some swelling and bruising which will subside in a few days. Because Perlane uses larger particles than Restylane, it will take longer for them to break down. As a result, you should experience longer lasting results. Some patients enjoy their results for up to one year.
Please contact Dr. Paul Angelchik today to schedule your Restylane or Perlane consultation. Dr. Angelchik serves patients in Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Mesa, Arizona.
In addition to Restylane, Dr. Angelchik also performs facial plastic surgery procedures in his Glendale cosmetic surgery practice. Visit these pages in the website to learn about how Dr. Angelchik treats facelift, rhinoplasty, laser resurfacing, brow and forehead lift, otoplasty and blepharoplasty patients.