The appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles is common as we age, largely due to the changes in the support structure of our skin. Collagen production slows down, and our skin suffers from the loss of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that’s largely responsible for maintaining moisture levels and creating fullness in the skin. As hyaluronic acid rates decline, skin develops new lines and wrinkles that weren’t there before. This can often make us look older than we feel, or make us feel self-conscious about the appearance of our skin.
Fortunately, dermal fillers can help us to restore natural age-related volume loss and reduce the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles. Restylane® Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L, is an innovative hyaluronic acid filler that’s FDA-approved for use in the midface, nasolabial folds, smile lines, and jowls, reducing the signs of aging on the skin through volume restoration. From the pharmaceutical giant Galderma, Restylane Lyft is a cosmetic injectable, like Juvederm Voluma or Sculptra. Restylane Lyft was FDA approved in 2015, and works to restore volume to areas that typically thin out as we age, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s an excellent option for those seeking to restore volume loss in the mid face area, though cheek augmentation. Restylane Lyft has also been FDA approved for hand rejuvenation, replacing lost volume in the hands. This skin rejuvenation process is virtually painless and requires no downtime.
If you’re looking to restore a youthful appearance to your face or hands, expert board certified dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, is here to help. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned cosmetic dermatologist in NYC, with over 25 years of experience in Botox, Restylane, Sculptra, Juvederm injections, Thermage, CoolSculpting, laser treatments, and the very best skin care. Dr. Green’s boutique Upper East Side Manhattan office offers the premier cosmetic treatments available.
What is Restylane Lyft?
Restylane Lyft is a hyaluronic acid filler treatment that is specifically tailored for use on the midface, around the jowls, chin, mouth, and hands. Restylane Lyft is composed of an injectable hyaluronic acid gel, which stimulates healthy volume restoration. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for new collagen production, providing skin with new collagen and hydration. With Restylane Lyft, patients can experience restored facial volume, which in turn creates all-over skin rejuvenation by reducing the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles at or near the injection site. Restylane Lyft is also formulated with a small amount of a lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic, in order to reduce any potential discomfort during treatment of this injectable.
Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine
Restylane Lyft is formulated with lidocaine. Having the gel formulated directly with lidocaine makes the injection much more tolerable. In addition, Dr. Green will recommend applying a topical lidocaine gel one hour in advance of the treatment to minimize any discomfort associated with your treatment.
What is Perlane vs Restylane Lyft?
Restylane Lyft is the same product as Perlane. Galderma changed the name of Perlane to Restylane Lyft after Juvederm Voluma was introduced for midface augmentation. Restylane Lyft was promoted for replacing cheek augmentation. In June 2021, Restylane Contour® was FDA approved to treat volume loss in the midface with its unique XpresHAn Technology™ for the cheeks. ExpresHAn Technology allows the hyaluronic acid gel to integrate into the skin and also dynamic, natural expression of one’s face while in motion.
What does Restylane Lyft do?
Restylane Lyft has a unique hyaluronic acid gel formulation that uses cross-linking technology in order to create natural, all-over facial and hand rejuvenation. It’s specifically tailored to reduce the appearance of wrinkles surrounding the mouth, such as deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines, to correct volume loss in the cheeks and midface, and to improve the appearance of wrinkles along the hands. It can also be used along the jawline to reduce the appearance of jowls and help to better define the jaw area.
How Does Restylane Lyft work?
Restylane Lyft works to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of severe facial wrinkles by restoring volume through a simple injectable filler. The filler injection accelerates and creates new collagen growth within the skin, restoring volume around and thus reducing the appearance of deeper wrinkles and folds along the mouth and in the midface. Full volume restoration can be achieved just during the first treatment, with results that last over a full year. There is minimal follow up for Restylane Lyft, with patients generally returning annually for their Restylane injections. Restylane Lyft is an excellent hand and facial rejuvenation alternative to invasive plastic surgeries or other procedures a plastic surgeon might offer, as it requires one simple treatment that has minimal discomfort and virtually no downtime.
What is the difference between Restylane and Restylane Lyft?
Restylane is a line of hyaluronic acid fillers that provide facial contouring from lip augmentation to volume loss correction to all-over rejuvenation. The Restylane family of products includes a variety of different hyaluronic acid fillers with tailored formulations to treat specific areas of the face and hands. Restylane Lyft is thicker than the original Restylane, and has the highest G-prime, or stiffness, of any hyaluronic filler currently on the market. Restylane Lyft can last up to one year in duration and Restylane-L lasts between six and nine months. More frequent follow up injections will be needed with Restylane-L. The Restylane family of products includes:
- Restylane Lyft: designed to correct volume loss in the midface, reduce the appearance of deeper nasolabial folds and wrinkles around the mouth, and rejuvenate the appearance of the hands.
- Restylane-L: the original Restylane hyaluronic acid filler, designed to improve the look of moderate facial wrinkles such as the corners of the mouth, marionette lines, smile lines, and the under-eye area. It can also provide natural-looking lip injections for pan-facial rejuvenation
- Restylane Defyne: designed to reduce the appearance of deep smile lines and laugh lines using XpresHAn technology, which contains cross-linking formulation to allow the hyaluronic acid particles to custom form to the patient’s skin.
- Restylane Refyne: designed to reduce the appearance of moderate smile lines and laugh lines; also uses XpresHAn technology for optimal volume correction and a smoother appearance.
- Restylane Silk: designed specifically for lips and fine lines surrounding the lips. It uses a formulation with small particle size in order to create precise lip shaping.
- Restylane Kysse: designed for lip augmentation, as well as to reduce the appearance of upper lip lines (also known as perioral lines). It’s the newest Restylane hyaluronic acid filler to be FDA-approved, and is also one of the longest lasting lip augmentation injectables available, with results lasting up to one year.
- Restylane Contour: is uniquely formulated for the midface area, to replace volume loss for the cheeks. Restylane Contour was FDA-approved in June 2021 with the proprietary XpresHAn Technology for cheeks.
- Restylane Skin Boosters: is designed to inject micro amounts of hyaluronic acid directly into the skin, making is firmer, plumper, and smoother. These minor-injections directly into the skin improves the skin’s hydration, skin turgor, luster, and elasticity. These micro-injections can be targeted to the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. The two products Restylane Vital and Vital Light are marketed together as Restylane SkinBoosters®.
Restylane products can be used together to create a “liquid facelift”, and can also be combined with additional anti-aging skincare and cosmetic treatments (such as Botox, CoolSculpting, Chemical Peels, etc.) for maximum skin rejuvenation.
Which areas can you inject Restylane Lyft?
Restylane Lyft is designed to treat volume loss in the mid face (cheek augmentation), to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, and to improve the appearance of the jawline, chin, or jowls, or be used in combination with other dermal filler formulations for pan-facial rejuvenation. Restylane Lyft has also been FDA approved to restore a more youthful appearance to the hands. Restylane Lyft should only ever be injected by a board-certified medical trained professional.
Can Restylane Lyft be injected in the temples and how long does it last?
Restylane and Restylane Lyft have both been used off-label for replacing lost volume in the temple area. However, Dr. Green generally prefers using Sculptra injectables for the temple area since it will last up to two years.
Can you use Restylane Lyft in the lips?
Restylane Lyft can be used off-label in lips for patients who are seeking exaggerated lip augmentation with long-lasting results. However, it is not a favored approach to lip augmentation as there are other hyaluronic acid fillers that can provide a smoother, more natural-looking appearance and still offer long-lasting, voluminous results. For a healthy, plump pout, Dr. Green typically recommends Restylane L, Restylane Silk, Restylane Kysse, Juvederm Ultra Plus, or Juvederm Volbella. When you meet with Dr. Green for your initial consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss any potential treatment areas that you’re seeking, and she will recommend the best treatment plan that balances your individual needs and aesthetic goals.
How is Restylane Lyft Treatment performed?
The process for Restylane Lyft Treatment is both fast and simple. First, you will consult with Dr. Green to discuss your desired individual results, and to review your medical history to determine which treatment plan will be best for you. During your initial consultation, Dr. Green will determine which specific injection sites will be used for treatment. A topical anesthetic of lidocaine will be applied to reduce any potential discomfort.
We ask patients to come to your appointment with clean skin, free of lotions and makeup. It is recommended to avoid smoking or alcohol before the procedure, to minimize any bruising. We also recommend discontinuing any anti-inflammatory medication, such as NSAIDS, Aleve, Motrin, Aspirin, or blood thinners, or certain herbs and supplements which increase bleeding and bruising. It is also best to avoid using any exfoliants or retinoids before your procedure, or have any other cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels or laser treatment. You should avoid Restylane injections if you are pregnant, breast feeing, or on immunosuppressive therapy.
The treatment area will be thoroughly prepped with alcohol to prevent infection. Dr. Green will inject Restylane Lyft through a fine-needle to the designated treatment areas. Other cosmetic injectables, such as Botox or Juvederm, may be injected during the same visit. After your treatment, which usually takes less than 30 minutes, you will be given ice packs to apply to the treatment area and you will be able to return immediately to your normal daily activity.
What are my instructions after injection with Restylane Lyft?
Immediately after your Restylane Lyft injections Dr. Green will provide you with ice packs to apply to the treatment area to minimize any swelling. It is best to avoid any exercise or extreme heat, such as saunas or prolonged sun exposure for 48 hours. You should avoid exposure to UV sources, psych as UV lamps or indoor tanning beds/booths, as this may result in irritation or hyperpigmentation at the treatment area. Arnica forte can help minimize the bruising. Within one to two weeks, you will see the full cosmetic results of your treatment.
How long does it take for Restylane Lyft to settle and see the full effects?
Immediately after treatment, the majority of patients can see an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as restored volume. After treatment, some patients may experience mild swelling or tenderness at or near the injection site. However, these symptoms typically dissipate after several days, revealing your full treatment effects. Restylane Lyft has the highest G-prime of all of the Restylane family of dermal fillers. It generally takes one to two weeks for Restylane Lyft to settle. Any small areas or lumps can be gently massaged to evenly distributed the hyaluronic acid filler. Any bruising or swelling can take up to two weeks to completely resolve.
How long does Restylane Lyft last?
Typically, Restylane Lyft lasts between 9 to 10 months after your first treatment, though some patients find that their results can last well past a full year. Typically, patients will also engage in touch-up treatments after several months in order to maintain maximum treatment results.
How much is Restylane Lyft?
The cost of Restylane Lyft treatments varies depending on the amount of volume loss or hollows, the number of areas which need treatment, as well as the desired treatment outcome. The cost of Restylane Lyft ultimately depends on how many syringes you need, the volume which needs to be restored, and the experience of your injector. Most patients require between 1-3 syringes for a single treatment session to correct the nasolabial area and cheeks. When you work with Dr. Green, she will help you develop a treatment plan that will best meet your needs and budget.
How much is a syringe of Restylane Lyft?
The price for a syringe of Restylane is based on the experience of your injector and your geographic location. A board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon or dermatologist will be more expensive than a nurse clinician or medspa.
Restylane Lyft and hand rejuvenation
Restylane Lyft is considered one of the best dermal fillers for the hands. With longevity of up to one year in duration, Restylane Lyft will restore lost volume in the hands and reverse the appearance of aging on your hands. Dr. Green often combines Restylane with Fraxel laser rejuvenation, to improve the texture and sun damage on the hands. Combined treatments of dermal fillers with laser rejuvenation is the best way to refresh the appearance of your hands and reverse sun damage.
Restylane Lyft and the jaw line
The mid face and nasolabial folds are two areas of the face which have had a lot of attention. However, the jawline, chin, and jowl area, are of particular concern to both men and women. One of the first areas to show the visible signs of aging is the lower face. We lose collagen, and his this leads to a visibly sagging jawline and skin laxity. Restylane Lyft® and Restylane Defyne® can both be used in this chin and jawline area to help contour the jaw, replace lost volume, and rejuvenate the lower face, to restore your natural beauty. By targeting the chin area, the jawline, and jowls, Dr. Green can refresh and renew lost collagen and skin laxity.
How long does Restylane Lyft last in the chin?
Depending on the number of syringes used and volume which needs replacement, Restylane Lyft typically lasts about 9 months to one year. Combining Restylane Lyft with skin tightening lasers, such as the Thermage FLX®, to restore and rejuvenate the lower face, neck, and jowls, will lead to an increased level of revitalization with long lasting results.
How much Restylane Lyft do you need for the cheeks?
The amount of Restylane Lyft needed for the cheeks varies from patient to patient based on both initial volume loss and aesthetic goals. However, on average, patients need two syringes for cheek augmentation. For older patients, with an increased amount of volume loss, three syringes or more may be needed for full correction.
How long does Restylane Lyft last under the eyes?
Restylane Lyft can last up to one years under the eyes. However, since the skin under the eyes is a delicate area, Dr. Green recommends Restylane-L for this area. Restylane-L lasts approximately 6 months but has a very natural appearance and is less prone to swelling than Restylane Lyft in the under eye area.
What are the potential side effects of Restylane Lyft injection?
Typically, side effects for Restylane Lyft are mild and minimal, but may include swelling, itching, discomfort, redness, tenderness, or bruising at or near the injection site. Restylane Lyft is contraindicated for those who have a history of bleeding disorders, active acne breakouts or eczema, as well as for those who are allergic to lidocaine. In rare cases, Restylane Lyft treatment can cause severe swelling, infection, or shifts in pigmentation. However, these rare side effects are much more common with inexperienced injectors in the context of a medical spa, which is why it’s vital to work with an experienced, board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for any injectable treatment. Dr. Green is an expert in anti-aging treatments, skin care, and injectables, and the safety and satisfaction of her patients is her top priority.
Restylane injections and cold sores
If you are prone to cold sores or herpes outbreaks, pre-treatment with Valtrex may be recommended to prevent a recurrence of an outbreak. There is a risk that injections or laser treatment can trigger recurrence of previous cold sores.
Can Restylane Lyft be dissolved to reverse the results?
One of the benefits of having Restylane Lyft or any other hyaluronic acid dermal filler injected, is that if you are unhappy with the results they can be easily dissolved with Hyaluronidase injections. Hyaluronidase is the enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid and can remove the dermal filler from the treated area through some simple injections.
Which is better Restylane Lyft or Juvederm Voluma?
Both Restylane Lyft and Juvederm Voluma are FDA-approved to enhance the cheeks, nasolabial folds, smile lines, and to reduce the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles in the mid face. Though each has a slightly different formulation, the overall experience is greater volume in the areas injected with long-lasting results. Restylane Lyft has a higher G-prime than that of Juvederm® Voluma. Additionally, it’s good to note that Restylane Lyft is the only dermal filler approved for use on the hands. When you work with Dr. Green, she will present you with the best treatment options available to meet your needs, and can help you to compare and consider your various injectable treatment options.
How do I get started with Restylane Lyft injections today?
If you’re frustrated by age-related volume loss and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your midface, Restylane Lyft may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Dermal fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical procedures and Restylane injectables are some of the best hyaluronic acid fillers used to rejuvenate the skin and restore a more youthful appearance. Dr. Michele Green, is consistently voted as one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in New York City and practices the forefront of skin care, lasers, and cosmetic injectables, to give you the most natural and rejuvenated appearance. Please call us today at 212-535-3088 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to see if Restylane Lyft is the best cosmetic injectable for you.