When we think of the aging face, our first thought is of the skin itself; it loses elasticity and begins to sag and droop. Lines, wrinkles, and folds begin to form, and skin tightening treatments or even a facelift surgery become increasingly inevitable. However, a significant portion of facial aging is due, not just to loose, sagging skin, but volume loss. The same age-related issues our skin faces, the underlying facial volume also faces. The breakdown of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid causes deep folds, creases, and even hollow cheeks. This is where dermal fillers, like the new Restylane Defyne, come into play.
What is Restylane Defyne?
Restylane Defyne, along with its counterpart Restylane Refyne, are the newest additions to the Restylane family of dermal fillers. Brought to us by Galderma, the makers of Dysport, Restylane Defyne is a hyaluronic acid filler that replenishes lost facial volume related to age, weight loss, and other causes.
How is the Restylane Defyne Procedure Performed?
Topical numbing or ice may be used, but isn’t necessary as the injectable filler contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Your provider will perform a series of injections using a fine-gauge needle into the treatment area. They will then mold and shape the filler for best results. After treatment, ice can be applied to help with swelling.
How Long Does a Restylane Defyne Treatment Take?
Once injections begin, your Defyne treatment can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
Do Restylane Defyne Injections Hurt? Will Anesthesia Be Used?
Lidocaine, an injectable local anesthetic, is included in each syringe of Defyne. This helps ensure patient comfort during the procedure. Most patients report only a slight pinching or poking sensation and rate the procedure as very comfortable. If you are concerned about discomfort during treatment, you may opt to receive a topical numbing cream and/or ice.
How Does Restylane Defyne Work?
Restylane Defyne is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel that provides smooth results in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Galderma’s XpresHAn technology customizes the hyaluronic acid particles to cross-link with each other, providing a degree of flexibility and smoothness not found in many other fillers.
What are the symptoms?
Restylane Defyne is used to:
- Fill in nasolabial folds, the lines that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Smooth marionette lines, the wrinkles that form between the corners of the mouth and the chin and jawline
- Address mild-to-moderate wrinkles and folds
- Provide facial rejuvenation in the lower face around the mouth
Who gets it?
Am I a Candidate for Restylane Defyne?
Restylane Defyne is FDA-approved for anyone 21 and over who have mild-to-moderate wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth. If you have nasolabial folds and marionette lines that bother you, and you’re in relatively good health, then you are likely a candidate for treatment. Patients with severe allergies, a history of anaphylaxis, or who are allergic to ingredients in Restylane Defyne should not receive treatment. Women who are pregnant or nursing should also avoid dermal filler treatments. Certain medications may also prohibit the use of Defyne.
How Long Do the Results of a Restylane Defyne Treatment Last?
No two patients are alike, and everyone metabolizes injectables differently. However, during clinical trials, the results of Restylane Defyne lasted up to 12 months in over 65% of patients. Over 70% of patients continued to see results after 6 months.
What Side-Effects Can I Expect Following a Restylane Defyne Treatment?
Common side-effects related to Defyne treatments are mild and include swelling, bruising, and light bleeding. These side-effects can be controlled by following our guidance before and after treatment. These guidelines include avoiding blood thinning medications and alcoholic beverages before and after treatment. We also recommend avoiding excess sun exposure and heat after treatment in addition to taking a break from exercise for 24 hours after treatment. Cold packs can be used to help alleviate swelling.
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