Achieving plumper, fuller lips is increasingly difficult as you age. Sometimes you need an extra boost to get there, and Restylane® Silk injections can restore fullness and make any wrinkles fade. If you are curious about how these injections work, you can visit Dr. Gabriel Patino at The Cosmetic Surgical Center of El Cerrito, which serves Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding communities in California.
What Is Restylane ® Silk?
Restylane® Silk is the first and only lip enhancement treatment with FDA approval. Its special formula provides fuller lips while minimizing noticeable wrinkles and fine lines around your mouth.
Restylane® products contain clear gels that consist of hyaluronic acid, which your body produces naturally. Each product is designed to act like hyaluronic acid to boost volume in your lips and fill out wrinkles and fine lines.
What Can Restylane ® Silk Be Used For?
Restylane® is useful for:
- Smoker’s lines, which are the vertical creases that form above the lip
- Thin lips to give you fuller, natural-looking lips
How Does Restylane ® Silk Differ From Other Restylane® Products?
Restylane® Silk contains particles that are smoother and smaller than those in the formulas of Restylane® and Perlane®. This makes Restylane® Silk ideal for delivering subtle lip volume enhancement while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth.
Like many other areas of the face, aging can be obvious on the lips, making them thinner, less shapely and more wrinkled. This exaggerates the other signs of aging. The exclusive particle gel formula in Restylane® Silk offers a younger, softer appearance so that you look and feel completely natural.
How Long Does Restylane® Silk Last?
During clinical trials, researchers found that nearly 60 percent of the participants maintained fuller lips for six months after getting Restylane® Silk injections.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for Restylane® Silk?
If you desire fuller, more natural lips and a more youthful appearance overall, you could be an ideal candidate for Restylane® Silk injections.
What Can I Expect From the Treatment?
After your consultation with Dr. Patino to determine if Restylane® Silk is the right treatment for you, you can make an appointment for the injections. One week before the procedure, you should avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. You also should not take Vitamin E or St. John’s Wort because these drugs and supplements thin your blood, which could cause increased bruising and excessive bleeding.
Before the injections, Dr. Patino will apply a topical anesthetic to your lips to reduce any potential discomfort from the procedure. Then, he will use a very thin needle to deliver the formula into your lips, the wrinkles that surround your mouth or both. He initially uses a conservative amount of the formula to ensure that the outcome is as natural as possible.
It generally takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete the injections, but this depends on your individual needs. Afterward, Dr. Patino will give you an ice pack to control swelling, which many patients experience. Bruising and discomfort around the mouth are also normal and typically resolve without extra treatment in a few days.
When you buy an entire syringe of Restylane® Silk, you can return to The Cosmetic Surgical Center of El Cerrito for additional treatment. You do not have to pay for more unless you use everything that you have purchased already.
What Can I Expect During Recovery From Restylane® Silk Injections?
You can go back to work and regular activities right after the procedure. Many patients experience a little bit of bruising, discomfort and swelling that lasts for a few days. You can use makeup to cover any bruises or redness, and it is recommended that you use a cold compress to control and reduce swelling. You can use Arnica Montana on and around the injection sites as well to boost the healing process.
What Is the Cost of Restylane® Silk?
How much your Restylane® Silk treatment costs depends on how much you need to achieve the best results possible. We accept American Healthcare Lending and CareCredit® financing options at The Cosmetic Surgical Center of El Cerrito as well as major credit cards, personal checks, and cash.
One way to turn back time on aging without looking artificial is obtaining smoother, fuller lips. The Restylane® Silk injections that Dr. Patino offers at The Cosmetic Surgical Center of El Cerrito could be your answer if you live in Oakland, Berkeley, or surrounding areas of California. Contact us today for your FREE initial consultation!