Restylane® Silk is used to enhance the lips and smooth wrinkles around the mouth. Restylane® Silk is the first FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler designed specifically for the lips. It creates a smooth, natural appearance and appeals to adults who want lips with more fullness and definition. It is also used to remove vertical lines (often called “pucker lines” or “lipstick lines”).
How does Restylane® Silk work?
Restylane® Silk contains hyaluronic acid, which is a natural polysaccharide (sugar molecule) that occurs in the body. As we age, the hyaluron in our body – which provides strength and hydration – decreases. This is why, as we get older, our lips become thinner and lines form around our mouths.
When Restylane® Silk is injected into the lips, the hyaluronic acid attracts and binds to water molecules. Since each molecule can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, using Restylane® Silk can create plump, more youthful looking lips. Restylane® Silk is gradually degraded by the body’s own mechanism and disappears without any residue.
Restylane® Silk is composed of smaller and smoother particles than Restylane®, which allows Dr. Tansavatdi to precisely shape the lips using an extremely fine needle.
Restylane Silk Before & After
What are the advantages of Restylane® Silk?
Restylane® Silk is designed specifically for lips and the results look very natural. This product also allows Dr. Tansavatdi to precisely inject the product to meet your aesthetic goals. Because the product contains lidocaine and a tiny needle is used, injections are much more comfortable than with other fillers.
Restylane Silk is not derived from animal sources, so does not cause allergic reactions in patients who are sensitive to beef, chicken or eggs.
How is Restylane® Silk administered?
Restylane® Silk is administered using a fine needle. Lips are numbed using a topical numbing cream. The product contains a local anesthetic to make the experience more comfortable. Injections can take up to 30 minutes.
It is important to use a medical professional who will create a lip shape that flatters your face and does not look overdone. Dr. Tansavatdi is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with the skill, artistry and facial anatomy knowledge to create natural, youthful looking lips. She is double board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Tansavatdi also published an article, in a prestigious medical journal, to help other practitioners use dermal fillers.
Who is a good candidate for Restylane® Silk?
Patients must be in good health, have reasonable expectations for the procedure, and be at least 21-years-old. Restylane® Silk cannot be used if you have a bleeding disorder, are pregnant or are breastfeeding. If you have a skin infection (such as a cold sore, pimple or rash), you must wait until it is healed. During the week before your procedure, you must avoid taking medications and supplements that prolong bleeding.
How long does Restylane® Silk last?
In FDA studies, 75 percent of the subjects still showed improvement six months following their initial injections.
Can Restylane® Silk be combined with other fillers and procedures?
Absolutely! During your consultation, Dr. Tansavatdi will discuss your aesthetic goals and how to best achieve the look you desire. Many of our Westlake Village facial plastic surgery patients choose to combine Restylane® Silk with other procedures to create a more youthful, rested appearance.
Restylane Silk Before & After
Restylane Silk® is the newest FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler used for subtle, natural-looking lip enhancement. It is designed for a more precise lip definition, erasing fine vertical lip lines that can cause lipstick feathering and an aged appearance. It’s unique, silky smooth formulation of hyaluronic acid may also be used in the nasolabial folds to soften the appearance of the parenthesis line that runs from the side of your nose to the mouth. The product lasts approximately six months and in a recent study 76% of patients reported that they still had lip improvement 6 months after treatment. Restylane Silk® is administered at Dr. Tansavatdi’s Westlake Village plastic surgery practice and requires only a 20 minute office visit. Patients are able to return to their usual activities right away. After treatment, you may expect some temporary reactions at the treatment site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching. These side effects are consistent with other facial-injection procedures. If you are using substances that reduce coagulation, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, warfarin, fish oil, vitamin E, and other herbal vitamins you should discontinue use at least one week before injections to decrease the risk of bruising. Also, give yourself enough time before any major event for recovery. Although recovery time is limited you should prepare for any bruising and swelling that may occur.