Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane® Lyft and Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own.
When Galderma, makers of Restylane (a brand of injectable fillers for facial wrinkles), invited me to collaborate, I’m not gonna lie. My first thought was F-yeah! It would mean a paid sponsorship, plus a free treatment, which can cost upwards of $600.
But then I thought: Wait. This would mean revealing to the world that I do stuff to my face, which would surely invite judgement— the kind I doled out in my twenties from behind my perky 20- year-old face.
By the time I finished reading the email, I was conflicted. As Steve Martin said in The Jerk, “I can use money!” Plus I was feeling a little rough around the edges lately. But it also could be… awkward.
Since you’re a smart person and you’re reading this, I think you know what I decided. But not before I asked myself why I want to look younger. More on that here, if you’re interested in my existential crisis.
With that behind us, let’s talk about the treatment. I saw Dr. Vic Narurkar in San Francisco. He’s the lovely dermatologist who saved my face from scarring back in 2009. He handled a tough situation with poise back then, and I always got a good vibe from Dr. Vic, so I was happy to hear he would be my dermatologist on this project.
On my first visit, he injected Restylane Lyft, the first and only FDA approved filler for cheek augmentation and the correction of moderate to severe smile lines (i.e. nasolabial folds).
He determined I didn’t require lip injections, since (notwithstanding a smoking stint in my 20s) I don’t yet have many of those pesky vertical lip lines (yay). So even though Restylane Silk (the first FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth in patients 21 and older) was on the menu, I didn’t partake.
He also recommended Restylane Lyft in the cheeks, not to give me crazy cheekbones, but to lift the skin below them.
The injections hurt less than I expected. Dr. Vic told me that the deeper injections hurt less because there are fewer nerve endings there. Mild pain that evening—or more like a feeling of pressure under the skin— was easily managed with ice.
At a follow-up two weeks later, I told Dr. Vic I thought the results were too subtle—I appreciated Dr. Vic’s conservative approach, but I also wasn’t afraid of a somewhat obvious change. He added more injections, this time using Restylane Silk, which felt a bit softer under the skin than the Lyft had. I liked his holistic approach, rather than sticking strictly to one treatment area.
The area below and around my bottom lip is plumped, and I can still feel a bit of a mass at a couple of the injection sites near my cheeks, but I expect them to dissipate as they did after the first injection.
I’m happy with the results—I look less tired and more refreshed, although my husband says he see no difference—which either means he’s unobservant (previously shown to be true), or that the treatment is appropriately subtle. Probably both.
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Important Safety Information
Indications: The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane®. Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane are indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane-L are indicated for mid-to-deep dermal implantation. Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine are indicated for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis. Restylane Silk is indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation and dermal implantation for correction of perioral rhytids in patients over the age of 21. Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane and Restylane-L are also indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation in patients over the age of 21.
Products in the Restylane family contain traces of gram-positive bacterial protein and are contraindicated for patients with allergies to such material or in patients with severe allergies that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by patients with bleeding disorders or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Restylane and Restylane-L for lip enhancement and Restylane Silk should not be used by people under 22 years. Restylane-L, Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine. Products should not be injected anywhere except the dermis, superficial subcutis (Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine only), or lip submucosa (Restylane, Restylane-L, and Restylane Silk only).
Use of products in the Restylane family at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. Do not implant into blood vessels. Use with caution in patients recently treated with anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors to avoid bleeding and bruising.
The Restylane family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Perlane are available at www. RestylaneUSA.com. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is available at www.RestylaneLyft.com