February was all about Kysseable lips! Lip filler has rose in popularity over the years, becoming a commonplace treatment for more volumized lips that make a statement. However, our providers at The Spa at MidAmerica inject dermal filler in many areas of the face. As we age, our body’s natural collagen production begins to slow, where we eventually begin to break it down. This results in loss of volume, which can lead to sagging, wrinkled skin that gives us this aged look. Restylane Kysse is made of hyaluronic acid, along with the other dermal fillers that comprise the Restylane family. However, each filler is different when it comes to flexibility and firmness. Not one filler is made to do everything, so having an arsenal of fillers in our artillery helps our providers target patient goals for individually tailored results. Dermal fillers offer a temporary solution with immediate results for correcting this age-related volume loss!
The Area Being Treated
To better understand the difference in fillers, it’s important to consider the area being treated. For example, Restylane Kysse, our go to lip filler, is made with XpresHAn technology. This highly flexible filler allows for full range of movement, while adding structure and volume while maintaining a natural appearance. Restylane Contour is also made of the same technology and injected in the medial cheek. The medial cheeks, or the “apples” of the cheeks, are soft and require flexible movement with expression, just like the lips. However, the molecule size of Contour is bigger, so our providers inject this filler to mimic loss of facial volume in the fat pads of the cheeks. Loss of volume in the face is part of the natural aging process because the body’s collagen production begins to slow down around age thirty. Filler can restore the plumpness of the cheeks, which can smooth facial lines and provide a more youthful appearance.
Other flexible fillers, like Kysse and Contour, include Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne. Restylane Defyne is another flexible filler that adds volume and is typically injected in the chin and marionette lines. Restylane Refyne is another flexible filler, but not to be confused with Defyne. Refyne’s particle size is much smaller, so it will not provide a significant amount of volume to the treated area. Ashley Noeth FNP-BC calls this filler “the icing on the cake,” etching out superficial lines, such as the perioral area (above the lips) where it is not natural to have excess volume.
Flexibility vs. Firmness in Fillers
Restylane also offers fillers that prioritize strength over flexibility. The NASHA gel fillers are firmer, made to project and create definition. Our injectors reach for Restylane when injecting in the tear trough area because it is easily to dissolve and it does not attract water. Eyes are the most striking facial feature, so it is beneficial to use a filler that looks natural and is the most predictable. For volume in areas such as the cheekbones or jawline, our injectors would choose a firm filler that is going to mimic your bone structure. Restylane Lyft provides volume that can smooth the appearance of facial lines, while providing the face with a subtle lifted appearance. It is injected deeper than the more superficial fillers, like Kysse or Contour, to resemble your bone structure, which will produce natural-looking results. When people say they want that “snatched” look in the cheekbones or jawline, our providers like to reach for Lyft to sculpt these areas.
The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery hosted a Galderma training this past weekend, where PA Cheyanne (own, founder, and celebrity injector at The Private Suite in Los Angeles) discussed the different Restylane fillers and where to inject them. She led the training by asking nurse injector, Taylor Gall RN, BSN to consider the patient’s concerns, but then to make an overall assessment of the face. Restylane offers a versatile set of fillers, so the patient can truly achieve individualized results. These trainings allow our injectors to share and absorb knowledge, techniques, and ideas from other experienced injectors. In the world of aesthetics, continued education is vital to providing the best possible care and results for patients!
The injectors at The Spa, Ashley Noeth FNP-BC, Ciara Bickline RN-BSN, and Taylor Gall RN-BSN, always conduct a brief consultation prior to your treatment. This allows them to get to know you, establish your goals, and gives them the opportunity to make any recommendations. Their unified goal is to be a provider that you can trust to give you honest feedback, along with natural-looking, but noticeable results! If you are considering filler, contact the office at 618-307-6233 or fill out one of our contact forms. Consultations are always welcome and complimentary.
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