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The Restylane® Family of Fillers

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Volume loss is one of the key components of facial aging especially in certain areas like the periorbital and central face about the mouth. This loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid creates lines, folds, wrinkles and even hollowing in areas like the cheeks, tear-troughs and temporal hollows. While facelifts and other skin tightening technology can achieve dramatic results, fillers are usually needed to address volume loss in the face and are often used in other areas of the body as well.

Restylane® products are a family of injectable, hyaluronic acid based fillers, offered by Galderma Laboratories, a division of Nestle Skin Health. Hyaluronic acid based fillers are designed to replace and supplement the body’s own hyaluronic acid, a natural component of skin. The family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Refyne and Restylane® Defyne. Like the Juvederm® family, each product is slightly different and offers unique advantages. Some of the products have different FDA approved indications and some of the products are more commonly used in certain applications by the plastic surgical community. The newest members of the family, Restylane® Refyne and Restylane® Defyne have the advantage of flexibility to provide a natural result in areas with associated facial motion.

What are the Aesthetic Goals of Fillers like the Restylane® Family at Total Aesthetics™?

Today, there are many people injecting dermal fillers and neurotoxins – the majority of these individuals are not plastic surgeons. As part of our rigorous and lengthy training, plastic surgeons study the aesthetics of the face and body and because we’re surgeons, we seen the anatomy and the affects of the aging process firsthand on a daily basis.

At Total Aesthetics™ our goal is always a subtle, natural-appearing result. Dr. O’Connell likes to say that we’re in the self-esteem business and overdone procedures, especially fillers, don’t match our artistic sensibility. It’s easy to overdo things with fillers and that’s why we follow a conservative, “less-is-more” approach.

There’s far more to facial aesthetics than relaxers and fillers. At Total Aesthetics™ we’ve got the whole package from the latest medical skin care, laser-based treatments like Halo™, radiofrequency treatments and ultimately plastic surgery if needed. We’re not limited with what we can offer our patients – and we’re very proud of that because that’s one thing that sets us apart.

The Restylane® portfolio of fillers includes the following:

Lip Augmentation with Restylane® Silk

Many patients are troubled by those fine lines and wrinkles that occur with aging and volume loss about the mouth – even in those who have never smoked cigarettes. While the cause of these lines is multifactorial, Restylane® Silk is an excellent choice to diminish these lines and wrinkles and it can be combined with other treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and laser treatments. You’ll see the effect immediately following treatment and most patients experience only mild swelling for a day or so. To ease the discomfort associated with injection we commonly use either local anesthetic blocks or vibrational analgesia and ProNox™ is available for especially anxious patients.

Why your Restylane Experience will be different at Total Aesthetics™


Two month result following tear-trough filling with Restylane-L.

Tear-trough filling with Restylane-L. Result at five weeks post treatment.

Tear-trough filling with Restylane-L.

Treatment of temporal hollowing with Restylane-L.