When our Marina Del Rey patients consult with us about treatments to correct signs of aging around the nose, cheeks, and mouth, we frequently recommend the dermal fillers Restylane® and Perlane®. Worldwide, the Restylane family of products is the most used and studied type of dermal filler. Restylane and Perlane can be used to smooth out facial lines and wrinkles, correct nasolabial folds, add fullness to the lips, and provide facial contouring. Both products consist of the same active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, but are formulated differently to achieve specific goals. If you are interested in hyaluronic acid fillers, our Cosmetic Dermatologist at Marina Dermatology can recommend the right Restylane product to meet your needs.

The aging process causes a number of changes in our skin. Loss of volume and a decrease in collagen and hyaluronic acid lead to noticeable skin laxity, sagging, and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is one of the substances in the skin responsible for firm, healthy skin. As the production of this substance decreases with age, the skin does not stay as well moisturized, so wrinkles tend to form more easily. Products in the Restylane family combat signs of aging by restoring lost volume in the treatment area. Both Restylane and Perlane consist of a unique formulation of hyaluronic acid that was designed to act similarly to the body’s natural hyaluronic acid. After a treatment with this dermal filler, the skin regains some of its lost volume, resulting in smoother skin with fewer folds and wrinkles.

Restylane and Perlane are used for different purposes. Restylane is typically used to treat wrinkles and folds, whereas Perlane is used to shape and contour the face. Perlane is a popular choice for patients who wish to accentuate their cheek or eyebrow area, while decreasing wrinkles and folds in the treatment area. When injected by a qualified skin doctor, such as our Doctor at Marina Dermatology, Perlane can be used to subtly contour and enhance your natural facial contours. The Restylane range of products is used primarily for wrinkle treatment and for lip enhancement. During your initial consultation our Doctor will help you determine which product will best meet your needs.

Restylane and Perlane treatments can be performed at either of our Los Angeles locations. During the treatment, our Doctor will use a very fine needle to inject the gel into your skin in the targeted treatment areas. He will then gently massage the skin to ensure that the gel is smoothly distributed beneath the skin. Some patients find the injections to be uncomfortable, so a local anesthetic may be used to ensure your comfort. After the injection, the gel begins working almost immediately, which means you’ll notice the results of your treatment before you even leave our office. It typically takes 30 minutes to perform a Restylane or Perlane treatment and no downtime is required afterwards. You may experience some injection-related side effects, such as tenderness, redness, or bruising in the treatment site, but these effects should dissipate on their own in the following days. The effects of your treatment will last for about 6 months and it is safe to undergo additional treatments to maintain your results.

To learn more about how the Restylane family of products can help improve your appearance by restoring lost volume to your skin, please contact Marina Dermatology today. We have two locations located in LA near Marina Del Rey to serve your skincare needs.