Since its launch in 1996 Restylane has been a pioneer in the world of Aesthetics, with over 28 million treatments worldwide and an established proven safety record over 2 decades of experience. A broad portfolio of fillers facilitating individualised patient requirements is telling of their spectacular results.
The Restylane family of products includes Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane® Refyne, and Restylane® Defyne.
These new products are both soft and flexible. Refyne is very flexible with soft support and Defyne is a little less flexible with firmer soft support. Both gels give patients the advantage of extremely natural facial movement in the injected areas. Although HA gels tend to be quite soft, the products used for deep support have tended to be a little “stiffer” and could inhibit facial flexibility while smiling when larger volumes are required. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is for deep implantation into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds and for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related mid face contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for injection into the subcutaneous plane in the dorsal hand to correct volume deficit in patients over the age of 21. Restylane Lyft® is an injectable gel designed to lift folds and replace lost facial volume from fat loss, bone loss and collagen degradation. Lyft’s water-loving nature attracts and binds water molecules to help maintain volume composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the body. The hyaluronic acid in fillers is a crystal clear gel that is chemically cross-linked (the long chemical strands are tied together) to delay breakdown by skin enzymes.
All Restylane products are non-animal-based and free from animal protein. This quality prevents disease transmission. Allergy pre-testing is not necessary. Also distinct from other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, Restylane products are minimally cross-linked, making them similar to the natural hyaluronic acid found in the body.
Restylane® Kysse and Lypse are for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral wrinkles in patients over the age of 21.
Restylane® Refyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.
Restylane® Defyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe deep facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.
Potential Risks: if you have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis). You are allergic to lidocaine or to any of the gram-positive bacterial proteins used to make hyaluronic acid. If you are prone to bleeding or have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder.
Are there other precautions that I should discuss with my Practitioner?
Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are intended to treat facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. The use of these products on gel injection sites with skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infections should be postponed until healing is complete. Use of product in these areas could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.
What are the possible side effects?
The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site.
One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious, and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin.
As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.