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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 in the midface area. Restylane®  Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L, is an innovative hyaluronic acid filler that’s FDA-approved for use in the midface, along the nasolabial folds (also known as “smile lines”), and on the hands, 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 works to restore volume to areas that typically thin out as we age, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s an excellent option for those seeking cheek augmentation or to reduce the appearance of aging on the face and hands, as the 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, Juvederm injections, Thermage, laser treatments, and skin care. Dr. Green’s boutique Upper East Side office offers the best cosmetic treatments available.

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What is Restylane Lyft?

Restylane Lyft is a hyaluronic acid filler treatment that is specifically tailored for use on the midface, around the mouth, and on the hands. It uses an injectable hyaluronic acid gel in order to stimulate healthy volume restoration. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for new collagen production, providing skin with healthy volume and hydration. Within 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 anesthetic (lidocaine) in order to reduce any potential discomfort during treatment.

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 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 off-label along the jawline to reduce the appearance of jowls and help to better define the jawline.

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.

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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 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 Restylane Lyft be injected?

Restylane Lyft is designed to treat volume loss in the midface (such as cheek augmentation), to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, and to restore a youthful appearance to the hands. It can also be used off-label to improve the appearance of the jawline or jowls, or be used in combination with other dermal filler formulations for pan-facial rejuvenation. Restylane Lyft should only ever be injected by a board-certified medical professional.

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Can Restylane Lyft be used 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 the Restylane Lyft Treatment performed?

The process for Restylane Lyft Treatment is both fast and simple. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green to discuss your desired individual results, and to investigate your medical history to determine which treatment plan will be best for you.

When you come in for an initial treatment, Dr. Green will determine which specific injection sites will be used for treatment. Depending on the particular treatment areas, a topical anesthetic may be applied to reduce any potential discomfort. Then, Dr. Green will apply Restylane Lyft through a fine-needle injection to the designated treatment areas. Anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDS) and other blood thinners must be avoided prior to Restylane Lyft Treatment in order to prevent any potential bruising or complications.

After your treatment, which usually takes less than 30 minutes, you’ll be able to go back to your normal daily activity, though it’s best to avoid any extreme exercise or extreme heat immediately post-treatment (such as a sauna or prolonged sun exposure). Within just a few days, you’ll start to see your optimal treatment results.

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 a few days, revealing your full treatment effects.

How long does Restylane Lyft last?

Typically, Restylane Lyft lasts between 8 to 10 months after their 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 widely depending on the initial skin condition of the patient, as well as the desired treatment outcome. The cost of Restylane Lyft 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.

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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.

What are the potential side effects of Restylane Lyft injection?

Typically, side effects for Restylane Lyft are mild and minimal, but may include swelling, 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.

How does Restylane Lyft compare with Juvederm Voluma?

Both Restylane Lyft and Juvederm Voluma are FDA-approved to enhance the cheeks and reduce the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles in the midface. Though each has a slightly different formulation, the overall experience is greater volume in the cheeks 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 treatment options.

How do I get started with Restylane Lyft injections today?

If you’re frustrated by age-related volume loss in the midface and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face, Restylane Lyft may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Dr. Green is consistently voted one of New York’s Best Cosmetic Dermatologists.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 if you’re ready to learn more about using Restylane Lyft to restore a youthful fullness to your skin and reduce wrinkles. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.

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