What is Restylane® Silk?
Restylane Silk belongs to the Restylane family of products made of non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid, a natural component of the body. It is the first FDA-approved treatment specifically indicated for lip augmentation and to help reduce the fine lines around the mouth in patients over the age of 21.
What is the difference between Restylane® and Restylane® Silk?
Restylane Silk is cut to the smallest particle size of all Restylane products. Therefore, it can be used for fine lines and creases of the skin that would be more challenging to correct with the original Restylane introduced in the U.S. in 2003. Both Restylane and Restylane Silk are FDA approved for lip augmentation, and both consist of uniform-sized particles.
Restylane and Perlane use larger particles and would be more appropriate for deeper folds and wrinkles.
How Long Does Resytlane® Silk last?
Restylane Silk fills and corrects lips and perioral rhytids (around-the-mouth lines) for up to 6 months.1 For upper and lower lips, 75.6% of patients reported improvement 6 months after treatment, and 76% elected to receive treatment again1.
What are the most common side effects with Restylane® Silk procedures?
Restylane Silk has a demonstrated safety profile. Mild bruising can be expected with any product injected into the skin, especially around or in the lips (submucosa), because of the very rich blood supply to that area. This is not unique to Restylane Silk.
In a clinical study conducted by Galderma, which is also supported by our own use of the product, 35% of patients treated with Restylane Silk can expect mild swelling–this seems to be more the case with Restylane Silk when compared with Restylane or Perlane.1,2
Mild lip discomfort was reported in about 9% of cases. We offer topical anesthetic or dental nerve blocks at no extra charge to you.
Dr. Michael Lum will carefully review this and more with you to help you decide if this product would be the right choice for you.
1Restylane Silk instructions for Use. Fort Worth, TX: Galderma Laboratories, L.P.; 2014. In a clinical study (ITT population=219), both lip fullness and correction of perioral rhytids were seen in nearly 60% of patients 6 months after treatment.
2Anecdotal clinical experience (N>64) 2/2015 to 7/2015. Michael Lum, D.O., Lumier Medical, Inc. Torrance, CA.