Fillers are one of the most popular procedures available these days. They’re convenient, relatively painless, effective, accessible, and versatile. What’s not to like? Many fillers are made from similar products, most often a formula of hyaluronic acid. Despite this, big-name filler manufacturers like Restylane are continually producing new formulas, such as their latest product, Restylane Silk. But how is this new filler different from the other products on the market? How does it stand up to the tried and true formulas facial plastic surgeons have been using successfully for years?
Slightly Different Formulas for Different Needs
The new products that are being introduced by companies like Restylane and Juvederm have something in common: they’re being specifically formulated to cater to a specific need. Restylane Silk, for example, is an exciting new option for lip enhancement and improving signs of aging around the mouth. Because of the ever-growing demand for fillers, manufacturers are trying to improve upon filler versatility by optimizing their products for patients’ needs. So what makes Restylane Silk so good for lip enhancement?
Restylane Silk: Specifically for Lip Enhancement
Lip enhancement is a common request for patients, and though dermal fillers have been used for years as a way to improve lip fullness, change lip contour, and ease the vertical lines that often appear around the mouth as we age, Restylane Silk is the first FDA-approved product on the market designed to cater specifically to these needs. While the product is a hyaluronic acid-based gel filler like many before it, there are some differences that make it a preferable formula for lip enhancement. The particles contained in the gel filler are smaller and smoother than other Restylane products, making it ideal for the small and difficult to treat lip area. Patients of all ages can benefit from the treatment, since it can help with signs of aging or improve the aesthetics of the lips in general.
How It Stacks Up
Effectiveness and lasting results are two of the most important aspects of dermal filler treatments, and though Restylane Silk is still so new, there have been promising results from trials, indicating that the product stacks up well to the results of other fillers. Nearly all of the patients in the FDA trial (221 participants) saw improvement in lip fullness after two weeks (98%), and the results continued to last in many of the patients in the coming weeks: 76% still had lip improvement after six months, impressive results for a high motion area that typically causes fillers to break down more quickly than in other areas.
Like other fillers, Restylane Silk is injected using a very fine needle in a simple office procedure that takes under an hour. The formula contains lidocaine, which helps make the experience more comfortable for the patient. Patients do not need to worry about downtime following the procedure, though there may be minor swelling and bruising for a few days after treatment. Good results can usually be attained with just one or two treatments, and most people over the age of 21 are eligible for Restylane Silk treatments.
Finding a Provider
Because Restylane Silk is a brand new formula, there are very few doctors offering the treatment currently. If you would like to be among the first to see the benefits of Restylane Silk and enjoy beautiful, rejuvenated lips, then it’s time to find a qualified surgeon who offers the treatment.
A board certified plastic surgeon is the best choice for your treatments, as dermal filler injections require a great deal of skill and artistry to attain good results for patients. If you are looking for a qualified facial plastic surgeon in the Austin area, then come to Buckingham Center and meet with acclaimed surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham offers a wide range of injectable treatments, as well as surgical solutions to anti-aging, and is pleased to be among the first surgeons to offer patients Restylane Silk. For more information and to schedule your consultation, call Buckingham Center today at 512-401-2500.