Robert Singer, M.D., FACS can skillfully and artistically reduce signs of aging and restore fullness to your facial features with Restylane®, Restylane Lyft® or Restylane Silk®. They are considered safe and natural cosmetic dermal fillers that instantly restore volume and fullness to the skin to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane®, Restylane Lyft®, and Restylane Silk® are three of the few cosmetic dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the human body. This virtually eliminates any risk of an allergic reaction.
Restylane® is called a “filler” because it restores lost volume on the face and neck – a phenomenon that occurs as we age, causing the skin to lose elasticity, to sag, and to form wrinkles.
Unlike Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport®, Restylane® and its sister products Restylane Lyft® and Restylane Silk® do not relax underlying muscles. Rather, their plumping effects will enhance volume and add a smoother, more youthful appearance that lasts up to six to twelve months, or even longer.
Restylane Silk® is the first FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip augmentation and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth in patients 21 years of age and older.
Dr. Singer might suggest the use of more than one dermal filler to target different issues and areas. See Juvederm® and Juvederm® Voluma for more information on these fillers. For wrinkles resulting from muscle activity rather than lost volume, Botox® or Dysport® can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers.
Other Restylane® Products:
Restylane -L and Restylane Lyft® with Lidocaine
Get a more comfortable lift with Restylane-L or Restylane Lyft®! If you are concerned about the potential discomfort of your treatment, we suggest using Restylane-L or Restylane Lyft®. These products contain lidocaine, a numbing agent, to reduce any discomfort before and after your treatment.
Who Needs Restylane®?
Restylane® is primarily recommended for men and women with moderate to severe lines and wrinkles on the face that do not merit a facelift or other cosmetic surgery.
Your Restylane® ConsultationYour consultation will allow you to show Dr. Singer what areas you wish to correct and to describe how you would like to look. He will then examine your skin and give you an assessment of what is possible, while keeping a natural look after your treatment.He may suggest more than one type of dermal filler or even surgery, in some cases. The final choice, of course, is yours. Dr. Singer’s goal is to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about the best procedure(s) for you.
The Restylane® Procedure
Restylane® injections are an outpatient treatment, so you can go home immediately. We will apply a topical numbing cream, and Restylane® contains Lidocaine in order to further reduce discomfort. The needle used is tiny, however, so the injections are well-tolerated.
Your session will only take 15-30 minutes, and you will begin to see some results immediately. The full results can gradually be seen after about a week.
Dr. Singer performs all injectable procedures.
Recovery from Restylane® Injections
You can resume normal activities right away, but you may notice some swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the injection sites. These symptoms are generally mild and will go away within a few days. In the meantime, you can use makeup or bronzer to cover up any slight discoloration.
Frequently Asked Questions
We lose some of the skin’s “building blocks” such as elastin, collagen, and fat as we age which causes the skin to become lax and sag causing fine lines and wrinkles. Different fillers with different characteristics are carefully injected into various layers of the skin in different areas to reverse those changes.
If a member of my family was going to have a dermal filler, it would be injected by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, ideally a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. Singer does all of the injections of fillers and Dysport® or Botox® in his office. He does not delegate that to anyone with lesser training.
After careful evaluation by Dr. Singer and development of an individual plan, a topical anesthetic cream is applied and cold packs. This maximizes comfort. The injections are performed meticulously. The entire treatment generally takes around 30-45 minutes.
Certainly. At Singer Surgical Centre, we recommend a combination approach to help patients improve their individual aesthetic concerns. It is perfectly safe to mix and match dermal fillers in conjunction with Dysport® or Botox®. The combined procedures are often referred to as a “liquid facelift”.
It is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation technique that uses a combination of Dysport® or Botox® and dermal fillers to improve the wrinkles and rejuvenate the lost volume in the face. While it can improve the appearance, it does not produce the same result as a facelift.
Dermal fillers and Dysport® or Botox® are all injectable treatments that are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They work in different ways. Fillers use a gel ingredient to physically fill in wrinkles and elevate them from below the skin’s surface which improves the appearance. Dysport® or Botox® uses a purified form of botulinum toxin to temporarily reduce the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles. When used appropriately, Dysport® or Botox® and dermal fillers can create significantly improved outcomes and are often used in combination to produce better cosmetic results.
Hyaluronic acid fillers can be reversed by dissolving them with hyaluronidase.
It varies depending on the filler and location of the injection, but typically most fillers last 6-9 months. Some of the fillers like Voluma can last up to two years. Patients do respond individually to fillers as their body breaks down the fillers which occurs faster in some people than in others.
Potential side effects include tenderness, swelling, pinkness, rare lumpiness or contour irregularities, temporary numbness, mild bruising, discomfort, infection or very rare allergic reaction and visual disturbance. Today’s dermal fillers have significantly improved since the first generation of collagen injections. Injection techniques have been modified and coupled with use of micro cannulas (blunt needles) and improved product safety. Significant side effects are extremely uncommon. These risks are higher when the treatment is performed in a non-sterile environment such as beauty clinics, salons, or in-home environments by inexperienced or underqualified individuals.
Allergies to hyaluronics have been described, but are very rare.
Dermal injection fillers can cause discomfort. Using a combination of numbing cream and ice makes it much more comfortable. Most of the dermal fillers that are injected at the Singer Surgical Centre include a local anesthetic.
Most patients do not have any downtime following filler injections and they return to normal activities and work right after treatment. In the patients who do experience some swelling, redness or bruising, it generally only lasts a couple of days and can usually be covered with makeup.
Women who are pregnant or patients with a compromised immune system should not have a dermal injection or if you are allergic to any ingredient in the filler, have a skin infection or inflammation near the area of potential injection.
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Why Choose Dr. Singer?
Dr. Singer has the respect of his peers and patients across San Diego and the surrounding Southern California area. He has helped thousands of San Diego residents with an eye for balance and beauty and the skills of an artist. Dr. Singer has been engaged in private practice in the La Jolla area of San Diego since 1976 and is now an internationally recognized plastic surgeon. You are in the best of hands with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery) Dr. Singer.
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