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Restylane Silk is a dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid and is used to treat thinning lips, loss of shape, and an increase in vertical lines above the lip.
As we age, the skin loses collagen, leading to poor elasticity, wrinkles and visibly sagging skin. The lips are especially sensitive. Over time, the corners of the mouth droop down into a permanent frown, the upper lip loses its distinctive v-shaped Cupid’s bow, and the lips become thinner. Vertical lines may also appear, even among non-smokers.
Restylane Silk can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even reverse the hands of time.
Restylane Silk is the first FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip augmentation and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth in individuals ages 21 and older. Restylane Silk uses smaller, smoother hyaluronic acid particles than those used in other Restylane products. This helps to provide results that appear natural.
In a clinical study of patients treated with Restylane Silk:
- 98% reported visible improvement in lip fullness 14 days after injection
- 77% reported visible improvement in lip fullness six months after injection
Benefits of Restylane Silk
After one treatment of Restylane Silk, patients will enjoy:
- Fuller and more-proportional lips
- Visible reduction in wrinkles around the mouth
- Natural-looking results
Who is a Candidate?
Restylane Silk is a treatment option for patients 21 years of age and older.
Restylane is not recommended for individuals who:
- Are allergic to bacterial protein
- Are immunocompromised
- Take blood thinners
- Are under age 21
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Patients should speak to their doctor to determine if Restylane Silk is an appropriate treatment for them.
Before the Procedure
Before the procedure, patients should stop taking:
- Blood-thinning medications
- Vitamin E
- Fish oil
- St. John’s wort
What to Expect
A Restylane Silk procedure can take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour to complete. After the procedure, patients are able to go home immediately and don’t need to make any changes to their normal routine.
The procedure will begin with the doctor applying a mild anesthetic to help alleviate pain. Next, the doctor will clean the injection sites with an antiseptic and use an ultrafine needle to make the injections.
Patients will notice visible results immediately after the procedure, however, full results will be seen within a week.
It is normal for patients to experience temporary redness, swelling or bruising. These symptoms typically resolve within a week. To prevent additional swelling or bruising, patients should limit their sun exposure.
After the procedure, patients may consider taking arnica, an over-the-counter medication, to help alleviate bruising and swelling.
Side Effects and Risks
Though Restylane Silk is relatively safe, patients may experience the following potential side effects after treatment:
- Pain or itching at the injection site
These side effects typically resolve within seven to 18 days.
Other serious risks of Restylane include:
- Bruising or bleeding at the injection site
- Allergic reaction
- Irregularities in the filling (uneven firmness of the skin)