Skin changes as you age, losing collagen and elastin that added volume and helped improve elasticity. As these changes occur, lines and wrinkles emerge, along with general lost volume in the face. Facial fillers offer a solution to the loss of volume under the skin, effectively filling smiles lines and adding contours to the face. Restylane® is one of the top brands of facial fillers on the market, which we use at City Facial Plastics in NYC.
The line of Restylane® facial fillers use hyaluronic acid (HA), the most popular type of dermal filler. It is a naturally occurring sugar found in the body that helps hydrate and add volume to the skin. The role of HA in the body is to deliver nutrients, hydrate skin by holding water and to act as a cushioning agent. There is a reversible agent for HA that can be used to undo the filler if needed. Restylane® has several different formulas of HA with different sizes of particles to address different facial issues.
Which Restylane® Formula is Right for Me?
The difference in the Restylane® formulas is subtle but important. A denser or thicker HA gel creates a firmer effect. This is better for deep smile lines or to add volume to the midface. However, for lips or fine wrinkles, a softer HA gel with smaller particles is needed for a natural look and feel. The basic difference between Restylane®-L, Defyne and Refyne formulas is a slight variation in the thickness of the HA gel. All of which can be used in the midface for smile lines or nasolabial folds.
- Refyne is for moderate smile lines
- Defyne is better for deeper or more severe lines
- Restylane®-L contains lidocaine to minimize discomfort from the injection
If you want to explore the benefits of facial fillers, contact City Facial Plastics to schedule a consultation. We offer several Restylane® formulas and other cosmetic injectables at our clinic in Manhattan.