If you’ve ever wished you could have contoured, full lips with a perfect Cupid’s bow, you’re not alone. Some people have naturally full and beautiful lips, but it’s relatively rare. Lip enhancement is popular for the simple reason that many people have thin lips or poor lip contour and are dissatisfied with how these imperfections affect their facial aesthetics. Aging can also affect the lips, causing them to lose volume and develop vertical lines above the upper lip. Fortunately, it’s never been easier to get long-lasting, natural-looking lip augmentation and rejuvenation thanks to advances in hyaluronic acid fillers. Restylane Silk, a special formula from the Restylane line of hyaluronic acid fillers, is designed specifically for use in the lips. At Doctors Plastic Surgery in New York and Chicago, we are proud to offer this specialty filler to patients who are ready to enjoy the beautiful, full lips they’ve always dreamed of.
What is Restylane Silk?
Hyaluronic acid fillers, also known as dermal fillers or injectable fillers, are temporary treatments administered with a fine needle that add volume to the face using synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA). Found naturally in the skin, HA attracts moisture and adds volume to the areas where it is injected. They are extremely versatile and can be used to fill in wrinkles, restore lost volume, rejuvenate the hands, and augment the lips. Fillers look very natural when the treatments are administered by a skilled plastic surgeon, and patients can typically enjoy the results for up to a year or more, depending on the formula.
HA fillers are ideal for lip augmentation because the gel formulas create a very soft and natural look and feel while allowing the plastic surgeon to carefully control the lip contour. Although many fillers are used for lip augmentation, Restylane Silk is one of the first formulas specifically created for lip enhancement and rejuvenation. Restylane Silk is FDA-approved and formulated with smaller HA molecules than other fillers to provide beautiful, long-lasting results in this high-movement area of the face.
Benefits of Restylane Silk
There are several important benefits of Restylane Silk that make it a great option for a range of patients. First, it is one of the only dermal fillers on the market that is made specifically for lip injections. The formula is long-lasting, despite the fact that the lip area is high-movement, which causes fillers to break down more quickly. The results of Restylane Silk typically last at least six months. Lip injections do more than just improve the appearance of the lips—they can also help to balance out the facial proportions and improve the patient’s overall facial aesthetics as well.
In addition to being long-lasting and designed to produce beautiful natural-looking lip augmentation and rejuvenation, Restylane Silk treatments are convenient. Each treatment lasts only a few minutes and involves only a simple injection process—no incisions. Patients can get back to their everyday activities almost immediately, and will see changes in their lips right away.
Like other HA fillers, Restylane Silk is very safe and appropriate for most patients who are interested in lip augmentation. The best candidates for lip injections are men and women over the age of who are in good health and have realistic expectations for the treatment. Patients must understand that the results are temporary and maintenance treatments will be necessary if the patient wishes to continue seeing the same level of enhancement.
People who are allergic to lidocaine or gram-positive bacterial proteins, people with a bleeding disorder or those prone to bleeding, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not good candidates for Restylane Silk. Other health concerns and sensitivities may be a concern and will be discussed during the initial meeting. If you are unsure about your candidacy for the treatment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons.
A Restylane Silk Consultation at Doctors Plastic Surgery
Before a patient’s first dermal filler treatment can be scheduled, a consultation at one of our state-of-the-art facilities in Chicago or New York is required. This helps to ensure patients’ safety by allowing our surgeons to assess candidacy. It also gives the patient an opportunity to discuss their goals with an expert and get on the same page about the desired results.
During each consultation, our doctors perform an exam, go over the patient’s medical history, and provide information and recommendations about the procedure. Patients are encouraged to bring reference photos to help illustrate their goals and should also come prepared with a list of questions and concerned. The consultation is a great opportunity for patients to learn more about Restylane Silk and to get all the information they need to make a decision.
The Restylane Silk Procedure
A Restylane Silk treatment is fairly straightforward, as sessions are brief and minimally-invasive. Before the treatment, numbing cream may be applied to improve the patient’s comfort during treatment, but because the formula contains lidocaine, many patients do not need additional numbing. Once the patient is comfortable, the plastic surgeon uses a very fine needle to inject the Restylane Silk gel into the upper and lower lips. He or she will take care to contour the lips and create natural-looking fullness. The entire session may take up to 30 minutes to complete.
Recovery and Downtime
Patients can get right back to their workday or other activities after treatment. There is no downtime, but patients are encouraged to avoid touching their lips for the first few hours after the procedure and to avoid alcohol, high heat, and vigorous exercise for at least the first 24 hours after treatment. Some patients may experience some swelling, bruising, redness, and tenderness, but these side effects should subside within a few days.
FAQs About Restylane Silk
Do Restylane Silk treatments hurt?
The Restylane Silk gel contains lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic that helps to numb the area and improve comfort during the procedure. Most patients do not experience much discomfort during treatment, but a topical numbing agent can be used if the patient feels that they need it.
Can any doctor perform my injections?
Lip injections may seem easy to perform, but there is actually quite a bit of artistry involved with creating a natural-looking result. In addition, skill is required to minimize the minor risks for complications. With these factors in mind, it is best to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in lip augmentation to perform your injections. You’ll optimize your results and have peace of mind that your safety is a top priority.
Will I end up with duck lips?
“Duck lips” refers to lips that have been overfilled during a lip injection session. To avoid this result, it is important to choose an experienced injector and communicate your goals for the procedure clearly.
How long will my fillers last?
Restylane Silk is a long-lasting filler that lasts at least six months in most patients. In trials, 77% still saw visible fullness after six months. However, lifestyle, genetics, and other factors play a role in how long the injections will last for each individual.
What are the side effects of Restylane Silk treatments?
Most patients experience only minor side effects, which can include soreness, tenderness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. These side effect usually do not last more than a few days to a week. More serious complications are very rare.
Will Restylane Silk make me look younger?
For patients who have experienced volume loss and the formation of vertical lip lines, Restylane Silk can help to rejuvenate the area for a more youthful look. However, since the lips are rarely the only area affected by signs of aging, optimal facial rejuvenation results may require the addition of other facial fillers and treatments.
Can Restylane Silk injections be combined with other cosmetic treatments?
Yes, patients routinely choose to combine minimally-invasive and non-invasive treatments for improved results. During your consultation, you should go over all of your goals so your surgeon can create a customized plan for you and combine treatments as necessary. Some combination procedures cannot be done at the same time and must be spaced out.
When will I see the results?
You will see increased volume immediately after treatment. However, side effects like swelling and bruising can distort the true results. After these have subsided, you’ll be able to enjoy the final results.
Are there any activity restrictions after Restylane Silk treatments?
Patients are encouraged to avoid strenuous activities immediately after the treatment but can get back to most everyday activities right away.
Will my lips feel natural?
Hyaluronic acid has a very natural look and feel when injected into the lips. No one should be able to tell you had lip injections unless you choose to tell them.
Why Choose Restylane Silk Treatments at Doctors Plastic Surgery?
When it comes to any cosmetic treatment, it’s important to find an experienced provider who will tailor your treatment plan to meet your individual needs. At Doctors Plastic Surgery, our expert surgeons understand that choosing to undergo lip augmentation is a big decision. They are skilled and artistic injectors and will be there for you every step of the way so that you can achieve beautiful, natural results while feeling comfortable and confident throughout the process. They bring years of experience to each procedure they perform and make safety a top priority.
To learn more about Restylane Silk treatments at Doctors Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL (312.313.2833) or New York, NY (718.395.5220), call our offices or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.