Full, smooth lips are highly sought after as part of a youthful face. Unfortunately, many people suffer from a lack of volume in the lips from an early age, and even more lose volume in their lips as a natural result of the aging process. What’s more, aging and environmental factors like smoking can also lead to fine lines, shapelessness, and vertical wrinkles around the mouth.
Despite the high demand for safe treatment for these issues, it wasn’t until recently that the FDA finally approved the first filler for use in and around the lips. Now Americans can experience the natural-looking results of Restylane Silk, an ultrafine hyaluronic acid filler that can create smoother, plumper lips and smooth out fine lines and other imperfections around the mouth.
How Does It Work?
The active ingredient in Restylane Silk is hyaluronic acid, which is suspended in a clear gel. As one of the fundamental building blocks that occurs naturally in the body, hyaluronic acid binds to moisture and is an integral part of repairing damage to skin cells and healing inflammation. When injected into the skin as part of a dermal filler, its moisture-binding properties allow it to plump up the skin for a full, healthy look. Restylane Silk combines these natural properties of hyaluronic acid with a particularly small, smooth particle that creates the most natural-looking results.
What Does Restylane Silk Treat?
As the only FDA-approved treatment for enhancing the lips, Restylane Silk naturally enhances lips that are thin from aging or genetics, creating a younger, plumper appearance. It’s also useful for correcting fine lines and wrinkling around the mouth.
Candidates and Consultation
Ideal candidates for Restylane Silk include anyone who is unsatisfied with the thin or shapeless appearance of their lips and wishes to add subtle, natural volume as well as anyone trying to smooth out fine lines and vertical wrinkling around the mouth. Restylane Silk is safe and effective for patients of all ages, genders, and skin types, but is best used by patients who are healthy and have reasonable expectations for their results.
If you think you may be a good candidate for Restylane Silk, your next step will be a consultation with Dr. Buckingham. During this private meeting, you’ll be able to review the problems that you wish to correct and the results that you’re hoping for. After a brief examination, Dr. Buckingham will determine if Restylane Silk can give you the outcome you’re hoping for. He’ll carefully explain the procedure to you as well as any other treatments that you may be interested in. Once you’ve decided on your treatment, you’ll be able to schedule the procedure.
Frequently Asked Restylane Silk Questions
Restylane Silk is administered in our comfortable, professional environment at Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX. Once you’ve arrived in the office, the procedure begins by carefully cleaning your face to remove any products or bacteria that could cause infections. Restylane Silk will then be carefully injected using an ultrafine needle to minimize discomfort and bruising. The entire procedure normally takes about half an hour.
Due to the tiny size of the needle used for the injections, most patients report minimal discomfort during their Restylane Silk treatment. If you are concerned or have very sensitive skin, however, you may request a numbing agent before the injections begin.
Recovery from Restylane Silk is minimal. You’ll be able to return to your normal life immediately and even go back to work right after your appointment if you like. Normal hygiene activities such as washing your face can be resumed immediately, although you should avoid scrubbing hard for the first day or two.
Most patients experience nothing more than minor redness and slight swelling for a day or two after the treatment, although a few people also have a small amount of bruising at the injection sites.
Yes, absolutely. Since it’s made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring compound, it will not cause negative affects inside the body, and any undesired cosmetic outcome can easily by dissolved by an injection of hyaluronidase. Like any injection, there is a small risk of infections or temporary numbness, but this is quite unusual.