Depending on your social circle, looking like you’ve “had work done” may or may not be a plus. Some people really like dramatic changes and exaggerated looks. Others prefer more subtle differences that do not call attention to themselves.
At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, we can certainly appreciate and help patients with all kinds of preferences, but recently we have noticed a rise in patients seeking to address their concerns discreetly.
For those looking to subtly plump up their lips and fill in the fine lines and wrinkles around their mouths, we’re proud to offer Restylane Silk.
The Restylane Silk difference
For those who are not familiar with Restylane “regular” and other dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid, how they work is quite simple. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally present in your skin. It is also hydrophilic, which means it attracts water. So products containing hyaluronic acid work by improving the skin’s moisture content and strengthening the skin’s barrier. This results in softer, smoother, plumper, and younger-looking skin.
Restylane Silk is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for subtle lip enhancement and the smoothing of lines and wrinkles around the mouth. It does contain hyaluronic acid, but the particle-size of the material is smaller and smoother than Restylane “regular,” which provides even lighter and softer results. This makes it a wonderful product for those interested in natural-looking, supple lips and diminished perioral (or “pucker”) lines.
Additionally, the smaller particle-size allows for injection with ultra-fine needles. This, plus the inclusion of lidocaine in the formula, makes for a more comfortable patient experience.
If you’re looking for plumper, more youthful lips and prefer supple, natural results, Restylane Silk may be exactly what you’re looking for.
What to expect from your Restylane Silk treatment
Just before your procedure, Dr. Shumway will cleanse and prepare the area to be treated. Then, he will inject the Restylane Silk gel into the treatment area using an ultra-fine needle to create your desired effect.
Individual treatment times will vary, but typically, it takes under an hour. You will be able to see results right away, and they will last from 6 to 12 months!
After treatment, we’ll provide you with post-care instructions and a cold compress to reduce swelling. Post-care instructions may include:
- Avoid exposure to intense heat (sunbathing, sunlamps)
- Avoid aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E for one week after treatment (to reduce bruising and bleeding at the injection site)
- Keep follow-up appointments as scheduled
You may experience some bruising, swelling, and tenderness, but it should only last a few days.
Unfortunately, when signs of aging begin to show, time is not on our side. But the good news is that even subtle changes can make a huge difference in how we look and feel.
At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, we can help you turn back the clock and get perfectly plump lips with Restylane Silk. If you have any questions about lip enhancement or any of the other services we offer, please give us a call and schedule a consultation.