Time takes its toll on everything, including our bodies as we mature. In our faces, we start to loose fatty deposits and bone structure. The most pronounced loss is noted in the cheeks and the smile line areas known as the nasolabial folds. This volume loss leads to the drooping, sagging, smile lines, and that look that we are tired no matter how much beauty rest we get.
Yes, facelifts are an excellent option to correct these issues, but the second key is volume. The lift pulls skin tight but does not replace the lost volume that gives a fresh, vibrant, healthy look to our faces. Many of us are not at the point a face lift would be necessary and just replacing the volume is all that is needed to refresh our faces to a more natural, youthful appearance. For people in both of these categories, this is where nonsurgical fillers like Restylane Lyft can become part of our maintenance.
Restylane Lyft was formerly known as Perlane-L®. It was rebranded when it became the only FDA-approved injectable hyaluronic acid delivered in gel form to correct the volume loss in both the cheeks and the smile lines (nasolabial folds). It has a larger particle size than its sister product, Restylane, by the same company. The change in the name simply gives the consumer the a better description of what the product does for them, but there’s a comfort in knowing it is the same top tier product that has been delivering excellent results with a high level of safety for years, with the added confidence that a FDA approval for use gives to the procedure of injecting in the cheek area.
With Restylane Lyft injections, results can be achieved in one visit and last roughly 10-18 months. Depending on the amount of volume replacement needed, the typical person will require 2 syringes on the first visit with touch ups suggested in the 9 to 12 month range to maintain a consistent correction.
As with any injectable, some swelling and bruising can be noted. It is always very important to make sure the healthcare provider you go to has been well trained in using these injectables.