Restylane Perlane - Dermal Fillers

Restylane® is a range of products designed to reduce wrinkles, folds, lines and enhance appearance and increase skin volume. Once injected into the skin Restylane Perlane will lift and add volume to the areas undergoing treatment. They are long-lasting gels and similar to a certain degree, but Perlane is a slightly larger dosage. Both Restylane and Perlane are popular alternatives to collagen replacement therapy, not requiring skin tests before the real treatment.

The main conditions where this product can be used include smoothing wrinkles and folds. They are based on hyaluronic acid, which binds water in the skin and restores the natural elasticity and volume of the skin. The product works together with the body's hyaluronic acid to get rid of conditions like wrinkles, while its other uses include lip enhancement and the treatment of deep folds, smile lines and thin superficial lines. They can also be used for shaping facial contours on the chins and cheeks.

Treatment is performed through injection on the specific area requiring treatment with a needle that is extremely fine in size. Since no pre-treatment test is necessary the whole exercise takes around 30 minutes, providing natural volume to the facial area. Anaesthetic creams can be used as a measure to reduce pain and make the whole process more comfortable, especially when treating the lip area as this can be painful.

The results of Restylane treatment vary for each person but generally last around four to six months. This is determined by factors such as age, skin type and the activities a person engages in. However, there are cases in which patients have approximately 50 to 80 per cent of the results lasting after 6 months. Considering the fact that most of the hyaluronic acid will dissolve through the body's natural mechanism, many patients prefer having repeat treatments to maintain the effects of skin free from unwanted facial conditions.

Possible side-effects which treated individuals may incur include a mild burning sensation in the area of injection and redness, although this disappears in about one or two hours after initial administration.