What is Restylane Silk?
Restylane Silk is the first and only FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment specifically designed to plump the lips and fill fine lines around the mouth. Ideal for patients who are unhappy with the “smile lines” between the lips and nose, as well as patients who have lost fullness in their lips due to natural aging, Restylane Silk can address both issues in the same treatment.
How does it work?
Restylane Silk is made from a unique gel formulation of hyaluronic acid (the same naturally occurring sugar that helps create full and supple skin), which allows for a smooth and subtle result. It’s injected into the lips and in the lines around the mouth using an ultrafine needle. Clinical trials suggest that the results can last as long as six months after injection.
What are the side effects and risks?
Side effects are usually mild and last less than two weeks. While there is little risk for allergic reaction as hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, it is still possible. Other side effects include but are not limited to: injection site reactions such as a lumpy or “thick” feeling under the skin (lumps are not visible and will dissolve over time), bruising, redness, itching, pain, tenderness, or slight swelling. Swelling is more likely to occur in people under 35 years old, while bruising is more likely in those over 35. Injections into the lip area could trigger a recurrence of facial cold sores (Herpes simplex infections) for patients with a history of prior cold sores. Antiviral meds can be prescribed before or the day of injections. As with all skin-injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.
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