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One of the telltale signs of the aging process is that of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Facial wrinkles such as laugh lines or frown lines can be a frustrating reality of getting older, and can often make us look older than we feel. Thankfully, recent innovations in the world of dermatology have allowed patients to experience total facial rejuvenation without the need for plastic surgery through procedures like microneedling, skin resurfacing laser treatment, chemical peels, Botox injections, and dermal fillers. Dr. Michele Green has been at the forefront of these cosmetic innovations for over two decades, in her private, discreet, NYC dermatology office.

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that are designed to boost the body’s own collagen production, which in turn helps to restore a youthful appearance to the skin, as well as boost volume within the treatment area. Injectable fillers have become the gold standard when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, and hyaluronic acid fillers have perhaps become the most popular. The dermal fillers use a naturally occurring substance in the body, hyaluronic acid, to naturally stimulate new collagen growth, leading to long term facial rejuvenation and anti-aging. One of the biggest names in hyaluronic acid fillers is the Restylane line of dermal fillers, from pharmaceutical giant Galderma.

Restylane Defyne is a Restylane formulation that’s at the forefront of dermatological innovation. Restylane Defyne uses a hyaluronic acid formulation with unique XpresHAn cross-linking technology in order to reduce the appearance of moderate-to-severe nasolabial folds smile line, frown lines, and marionette lines. Additionally, Galderma laboratories announced that Restylane Defyne is now FDA approved for use in chin augmentation, helping to enhance the jawline and reduce the appearance of chin recession as well as jowls. With its combined ability to reduce the appearance of deep facial wrinkles and improve chin projection, Restylane Defyne truly represents the best in non-invasive facial rejuvenation, providing long-lasting and natural-looking cosmetic results.

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of fine lines, deeper facial wrinkles, chin recession, or volume loss, expert NYC, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, is here to help. Dr. Green is an internationally renown cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience in cosmetic dermal fillers and Botox injections. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists in New York to utilize Restylane injections to treat facial lines and volume loss and Botox injections for facial wrinkles. Her “less is more” philosophy of cosmetic dermal fillers will give you a rejuvenated, beautiful, cosmetic result.

What is Restylane® Defyne?

Restylane Defyne is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that reduces moderate-to-severe signs of aging around the nose and mouth. Similarly to Restylane Refyne, it uses XpresHAn technology which allows the hyaluronic acid to cross-link with the skin cells, creating an incredibly natural look. The new XpresHAn Technology allows the hyaluronic acid gel to mold to your tissue and flex within your skin to move naturally as you move your face. No matter what type of facial expression you make, whether it be smiling or frowning, the filler will not appear stiff or lumpy and the results will appear soft and natural.

What is Restylane Defyne used for?

Restylane Defyne has been approved by the FDA for use on moderate to severe nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and facial wrinkles around the mouth and lower face since 2016, and was commonly used for this purpose under the name Emervel in Europe starting in 2010. It’s an excellent option for patients seeking volume correction in order to improve the firmness and smoothness of the skin while still maintaining use of natural expressions. Some injectors utilize Restylane Defyne in the lips to create more definition. Additionally, Restylane Defyne was approved by the FDA in 2021 for the use of chin augmentation, helping to restore volume to the jawline and create a younger, more dynamic pronouncement of the chin.

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Can you use Restylane Defyne in lips?

Just like Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne is an excellent way to treat folds and wrinkles around the nose and along the corners of the mouth. Some providers will use Restylane Defyne “off-label” as a lip filler to create more volume and definition in the lips. Restylane Defyne is composed of bigger particles than other fillers in the Restylane family. As such, Restylane is a firmer filler that can be used in the lips to achieve greater structure and even more volume. For most patients, however, Dr. Green may recommend a dermal filler that is designed specifically for lip filler injections. Within the Restylane family, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Restylane Kysse are appropriate options for natural-looking, enhanced lips. Within the Juvederm line of dermal fillers, Dr. Green might recommend Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Volbella to best enhance the contouring and volume of the lips.

How long does Restylane Defyne last?

Restylane Defyne is an innovative, long-lasting injectable that will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and facial winkles, as well as improve chin projection and define the lips, with results that last. Though all dermal fillers are considered temporary treatments, patients who engage with Restylane Defyne treatment can expect improved elasticity, facial rejuvenation, and natural-looking results that last up to a full year. Once the effects of Restylane Defyne have begun to fade, patients can receive a yearly touch-up at Dr. Green’s office. Individual results may differ in terms of how long the effects of the treatment last, and, as such, Dr. Green will create the treatment schedule that is specifically tailored to your needs.

How long does Restylane Defyne last in lips?

While Restylane Defyne is the ideal filler for eliminating the deep wrinkles of the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and wrinkles around the mouth, it can also be used “off-label” for lip augmentation. When used in the lips, Restylane Defyne typically lasts for 6 months to a year. Once the effects of the treatment begin to wear off, the procedure can be repeated for maintained volume and definition in the lips. There are many other kinds of dermal fillers, including a couple of fillers in the Restylane family, that are best for lip enhancement, such as Restylane Kysse, which can last for up to a year, and Restylane Silk, which can last for up to six months. When you arrive at Dr. Green’s office for your initial consultation, you will talk through your aesthetic goals and Dr. Green will help you determine the dermal filler that is right to meet your needs.

How long does Restylane Defyne last in marionette lines?

When it comes to treating deep folds or wrinkles in the mouth area, Restylane Defyne can provide the revitalization needed to leave patients feeling more confident and youthful for up to a full year. Marionette lines, which are the lines that appear between the corners of the lips down to the jawline, are one of the most common signs of aging that Restylane Defyne treats. Marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and fine lines and wrinkles in the mouth area are easily treated by Restylane Defyne, with results that last up to a full year in most patients.

How to make Restylane last longer

Restylane dermal fillers are temporary treatments that last for a range of time depending on the filler used. Effects of the treatment are visible for as long as the filler remain in the treatment area before being metabolized by the body. While this process will occur naturally and patients can receive touch up treatments to maintain the results, there are some habits that can be practiced to help maintain the effects for longer. First off, it is important to adhere to a regular skincare routine and practice strict sun avoidance in order to protect your skin. If possible, stay out of the sun when the UV rays are at their most intense – typically between 10am and 2pm – and if you have to be outside, wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30. The sun’s rays can negatively impact the health of your skin and make the Restylane filler break down more quickly. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet and to stay hydrated. Additionally, limiting excessive exercise can help to keep your results lasting longer. A high metabolism can work to break down the filler faster, which means the effects of the treatment will not last as long. Exercise is important but when looking to maintain results of dermal fillers, it is best in moderation. Once you begin to see the results fading, you can make another appointment with Dr. Green in order to receive a touch up.

Who is a good candidate for Restylane Defyne?

A good candidate for Restylane Defyne is one who has moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds, or who is interested in chin augmentation. Patients must be above the age of 21 to receive Restylane dermal fillers, but in general healthy patients seeking facial rejuvenation without the need for downtime qualify for injectable hyaluronic acid filler treatment. Patients who are pregnant or are currently breastfeeding, have a history of severe allergies, also known as anaphylaxis, to lidocaine or gram-positive bacterial proteins, have a bleeding disorder, or take medications that affect bleeding and clotting (i.e. Aspirin, Warfarin) may be contraindicated for Restylane injections, so it’s best to discuss these factors with Dr. Green prior to treatment.

What is the procedure for having Restylane Defyne injections?

The process for Restylane Defyne injections is simple and convenient. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green to discuss your individual needs and goals, and she’ll be able to assess your current skin condition and medical history to determine a treatment plan that’s right for you. When you come in for Restylane Defyne injections, a topical numbing cream (anesthetic) will be applied to the treatment area to prevent any possible discomfort. Additionally, the Restylane Defyne gel itself contains lidocaine, which is a numbing agent that further reduces any discomfort. From there, Dr. Green will inject Restylane Defyne to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and/or to improve the profile of the chin and jawline. Dr. Green is an expert injector with a gentle, artful skill that is truly unparalleled in the world of dermatology. She uses a “less is more” approach in order to honor natural expression while providing a rejuvenating glow to her patients.

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Is there any downtime required?

Restylane Defyne filler treatment is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment, meaning there is no downtime necessary following the procedure. Filler injectable treatments have some common, mild side effects that may include bruising or swelling at the injection site in the days following the treatment. These side effects are mild and will resolve themselves. In order to reduce the likelihood of experiencing these side effects, Dr. Green recommends avoiding the intake of blood thinners, such as Motrin, aspirin, vitamin E, fish oil, and alcohol in the week before treatment. Blood thinners can interfere with the natural healing process and cause bruising. Furthermore, Dr. Green recommends avoiding direct sun exposure and extreme heat, such as saunas, hot showers, and hot tubs, in the 24 hours following treatment so as not to interfere with the gel setting process. Patients should also avoid putting pressure on the treatment area, including sleeping on your side. Following the treatment, Dr. Green will further explain the Restylane Defyne aftercare.

Can you use Restylane Defyne treatments in the chin and jawline?

As of 2021, Restylane Defyne is FDA-approved to help improve contouring of the chin and jawline. By boosting collagen production, Restylane Defyne is able to enhance volume along the jawline, which can help to improve chin projection in order to enhance facial contouring. In clinical studies, 99% of patients noticed an improvement in the profile of their chin and jawline, and 96% of injectors observed measurable improvement in the chin projection of their patients. Additionally, trials indicated minimal side effects, with just a single case of moderate injection site pain. Restylane Defyne can help to improve chin profile, creating the perfect anchor to the face with no effect on natural movement with results that last up to a full year.

Restylane Defyne is at the forefront of chin enhancement and is now FDA-approved for use in adults over the age of 21. Restylane Defyne was studied for use in chin projection in large part due to patient demand, as online searches for chin enhancement went up by 185% in 2020 alone. Restylane Defyne is an exciting option in the world of jawline contouring as it improved the look of the chin in patients of all genders, all skin types, and in a wide variety of ages (including patients over the age of 52). This marks Restylane Defyne as a revolutionary option for patients seeking to create a more pronounced chin, as well as to reduce the appearance of jowls and other signs of aging along the jawline.

Now that Restylane Defyne has been approved for the use of chin augmentation, Restylane Defyne is able to radically rejuvenate and enhance the facial contouring of the lower third of the face. By reducing nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and anchoring a more pronounced chin, patients are able to better balance the look of the face, taking years off of the signs of aging. The chin is considered by many to be the foundational anchor of the face that can help to balance facial contouring, and chin enhancement builds on this foundation to wondrous effect.

Which Restylane is best for the chin?

The Restylane family of dermal fillers offers two innovative formulations that both work to improve the profile of the chin: Restylane Defyne and Restylane Lyft. Both are FDA-approved for use to improve chin projection and create a striking, revitalized look for the structure of the face. When it comes to which Restylane is best, the answer varies depending on the individual needs and goals of the patient. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to determine which formulation will be best to fit your needs.

Which Restylane is best for the lips?

As each individual patient has unique needs and aesthetic goals, there is no one “best” dermal filler to treat the lips. However, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Restylane Kysse are all excellent options for both lip rejuvenation and lip augmentation. Restylane-L is most similar to the original Restylane formulation, which is an excellent option for patients looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines at the edges of the lips. Restylane Silk is a unique filler treatment that can be applied to both the lips and the fine lines around the lip area, and relies on an innovative, small particle size to help Dr. Green achieve a precise lip contour. Restylane Kysse is the newest lip enhancement formulation from Restylane, and offers patients up to a full year in lip fullness, one of the longest-lasting lip fillers on the market. Additionally, Restylane Silk and Restylane Kysse are both excellent options for patients treating perioral lines (vertical lip lines).  Dr. Green can discuss all of your available lip enhancement and anti-aging solutions, and help you to select the treatment options that are right for you.

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Are Restylane Defyne injections painful?

You may be wondering, do Restylane Defyne injections hurt? Like any injection, there may be some mild discomfort at the injection site. However, Restylane Defyne’s formulation includes lidocaine which helps to prevent any pain, and a topical numbing cream can be applied prior to your treatment to ensure that discomfort is virtually nonexistent. As injections can occasionally cause bruising or swelling along the dermis, Dr. Green recommends patients avoid any blood thinning medications for a week prior to treatment.

How much is a syringe of Restylane Defyne?

When it comes to how much does Restylane Defyne or Restylane Refyne cost, the price varies widely depending on several factors, including your geographic location, the type of institution at which you receive your treatment, and your individual needs and goals. While patients can often receive dermal filler treatments at Medical Spas, which are typically less expensive due to their offers of specials, the risk of experiencing more serious side effects is higher. Seeking treatment from a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, may be more costly but the quality of care is very high. At Dr. Green’s office, the specific cost of the treatment will depend on the size and scope of the treatment area. When you meet with Dr. Green for your initial consultation, she will work with you to discuss your individual needs and goals, and will develop a treatment plan that balances your budget and your desires.

How much Restylane Defyne do you need?

The amount of Restylane Defyne required for treatment will vary depending on the size of the treatment area and the severity of facial wrinkles, folds, or chin recession. For patients hoping to reduce the appearance of severe fine lines and wrinkles, 1-2 vials are typically used. When it comes to chin augmentation, patients may need a slightly larger amount for proper chin projection.

Does Restylane have side effects?

Side effects from Restylane Defyne are typically minimal and mild. Some patients may experience redness or bruising at or near the injection site, which is a common side effect amongst all injectable treatments (including neurotoxin treatments such as botox and dysport). In rare cases, patients may experience more serious side effects. These are more likely to occur with an inexperienced injector. Many medical spas offer injectable treatments with inexperienced injectors that can inject directly into a blood vessel, which can put a patient at risk for infection or blindness. For this reason, it’s imperative that you work with a board-certified medical professional. Dr. Green is an artful, experienced injector with over two decades of experience, and the safety and satisfaction of her patients is her top priority.

What is the difference between Restylane Refyne and Defyne?

Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are both designed to improve the look of nasolabial folds, frown lines, and marionette lines, as well as other fine lines around the mouth and lower face. Additionally, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne both use advanced XpresHAn technology, in order to smooth and firm the skin while maintaining natural expression. The two Restylane products have both been shown in clinical studies to allow for natural expression in patients, with 97% of subjects satisfied with their results. This is achieved with the fillers’ cross-linking technology, which allows for flexible movement in the treatment area while still filling in fine lines and wrinkles. The two fillers differ, however, in the density of the cross-linking technology, which contributes to the malleability of the gel. As such, Restylane Refyne is a more malleable gel while Restylane Defyne is more dense.

The cross-linking density also contributes to Restylane Refyne and Defyne being used for slightly different purposes. While Restylane Refyne is designed to treat mild-to-moderate facial wrinkles, Restylane Defyne is tailor-made to treat moderate-to-severe creases and folds. When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Green, she will be able to determine if deep wrinkles require the use of Restylane Defyne over Restylane Refyne. Restylane Defyne is also FDA-approved to improve chin projection, due to its slightly thicker volume-boosting formulation.

Is Restylane Defyne worth it?

Restylane Defyne is a safe and effective treatment to fill in moderate- to severe-wrinkles along the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and creases around the mouth. The procedure can also be used for chin augmentation and to restore lost volume along the jawline for a contoured look. Restylane Defyne is a long-lasting treatment with excellent results that will last for up to a year. In clinical trials testing patient satisfaction with the procedure, 97% of patients reported being satisfied with their results, 97% said they would do the treatment again, and 95% said that they would recommend the treatment to a friend. The cross-linking technology present in the gel allows for the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles for a younger look, while maintaining the ability to make natural facial expressions. For that reason, the vast majority of patients find Restylane Defyne dermal filler treatment to be very worth it.

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How do I get started with Restylane Defyne injections today?

If you are bothered by the presence of fine lines, deep wrinkles, or facial volume loss in the lower part of your face, treatment with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers may be just the solution for you. Restylane Defyne, manufactured by Galderma, is an excellent dermal filler product for diminishing the appearance of moderate to severe nasolabial folds (laugh lines) and marionette lines. Patients that choose Restylane Defyne treatment with an expert injector, such as Dr. Michele Green, are able to enjoy immediate rejuvenation results with essentially zero downtime whatsoever. If you are interested in achieving long-lasting, natural-looking results and an overall more youthful appearance, Dr. Green can help.

Dr. Michele Green in New York City is an internationally renowned expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology, with over 25 years of experience providing some of the most discerning men and women from around the globe with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments available, including dermal fillers. Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine consistently identify Dr. Green as one of New York’s best physicians for her holistic approach and ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to facial rejuvenation treatment. Dr. Green understands that each patient has their own unique skin concerns and personal aesthetic goals, and takes the time to create a customized treatment plan for each individual that is best suited to their needs. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, contact us online today or call the office at 212-535-3088.

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