Restylane / Perlane
Introduction, Restylane and Perlane are long-lasting gels that, once injected into the skin lift and add volume to the areas being treated. Restylane and Perlane are essentially the same product, Perlane is simply a larger dosage. Restylane and Perlane are popular alternatives to collagen replacement therapy and do not require a skin test. Restylane and Perlane are dermal fillers which smooth wrinkles and folds.
How does it work?
These products are based on hyaluronic acid, which is one of very few substances that is identical in all species and tissue types, Hyaluronic Acid, binds water in your skin to lift and restore the skin’s natural elasticity and volume. Restylane/Perlane works together with the body’s own hyaluronic acid and joins forces to create volume and smooth out wrinkles.
What areas can be treated?
Restylane and Perlane are commonly used for wrinkle correction, lip enhancement, deep folds, smile lines and thin superficial lines around the eyes, mouth & forehead. They are also used for shaping facial contours such as the cheeks or chin and lip augmentation.
How is the treatment performed?
The treatment is performed in the clinic by injecting Restylane/Perlane into the desired area with a fine needle. This gives natural volume to the treated area and because no pre-test is needed it takes less than 30 minutes. The needle is very fine so the discomfort is usually minor, however anaesthetic creams can be used to reduce the pain of the injections especially in the lips.
How long does it last?
How long the effect of Restylane treatment lasts is very individual.The results will last from 4 -6 months depending on age, skin type, and activity. However, we know that for the majority of the patients treated about 50-80% of the effects remain after 6 months. Most patients choose to have a further treatment within a year since the hyaluronic acid in both products will dissolve over time.
Are there any side effects?
There may be a mild burning sensation with the injection and some patients may experience redness in the treated area but this will resolve in 1-2 hours after treatment. Due to neither product being extracted from animals there is no risk of an allergic reaction.