When you’re shopping for clothes, you expect choices. You expect to find a variety of options that will suit your size, shape, and taste preferences. Why should cosmetic treatments with a plastic surgeon be any different? Everyone ages a little bit differently, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution that works for every patient’s needs and goals.

Today, hyaluronic acid filler manufacturers are responding to customer demands by reformulating their all-purpose injectable products to optimize them for different areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid fillers are nonsurgical injectable treatments that are an extremely versatile option for filling in facial wrinkles, restoring volume to the face, and subtly improving the facial wrinkles. Restylane is one of the most popular manufacturers of hyaluronic acid fillers, and they have branched out to include several different formulas for customers to choose from. But what is the difference? Let’s take a look at Restylane Silk vs. Restylane Lyft, so you can start to understand which product is most appropriate for you and begin the process of planning your nonsurgical treatment.

About Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft are both made of hyaluronic acid, which is an acid that occurs naturally in the body, giving the skin hydration and volume. With aging, natural hyaluronic acid depletes, and production slows down. Injectables can help replace this lost volume, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft: What are the Differences?

Though both products are made from hyaluronic acid, they are formulated for two different purposes.

Restylane Lyft is appropriate for signs of aging related to volume loss, including deep folds and static wrinkles. This product is best for patients with moderate to deep facial wrinkles or people with age-related volume loss, which can make the face appear gaunt, hollow, and tired. Restylane Lyft’s hyaluronic acid formula can help subtly restore this lost volume for a more youthful appearance.

Restylane Silk is optimized for a very popular procedure: lip augmentation. Perfect for young people with thin lips, or older people experiencing volume loss and wrinkling in the lip area, hyaluronic fillers in the lip area can enhance the lips with natural-looking volume. Because the lip area is a high movement area, traditional hyaluronic acid fillers tend to wear off quickly. Restylane Silk has better longevity in the lips and produces beautiful results.

How Long Do The Treatments Last?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are only a temporary solution to wrinkles and volume loss, and each treatment only lasts so long. Fortunately, the latest generation of nonsurgical fillers, including Restylane Silk and Lyft, tend to last longer than previous formulas. These fillers typically last about 6-9 months before they need to be refreshed. Many patients are so happy with the results that they make the decision to undergo regular treatments once or twice a year. The procedure itself is quick and easy with no downtime and very little discomfort.

Which Option is Right for You?

When choosing between two products like Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft, it really all depends on what your cosmetic goals are. If you’re concerned about signs of aging, then Lyft might be a good fit for your needs. If you’re more interested in lip enhancement, then Silk would be a better option. However, the best way to choose the treatment that’s right for you is to discuss your goals with a plastic surgeon. Only an expert can give you a custom assessment and help you choose the best product to help you look refreshed and rejuvenated. You may even need to consider combining treatments in order to achieve comprehensive results.

Choosing a Skilled Plastic Surgeon

Though the injectable filler procedure is non-surgical, the treatment does require the skill of a board certified plastic surgeon. Your first step in planning your procedure should be to schedule a consultation with an experienced surgeon like Dr. Edward Buckingham, at Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX. Dr. Buckingham has years of experience in helping patients improve their facial aesthetics, and he can help you come up with a plan to meet all your aesthetic goals. For more information or to schedule your consultation at Buckingham Center, call 512.401.2500 today!

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