As injectable treatments have rapidly risen in popularity, so has the number of choices available in these formulas. With so many products to choose from, how do you know which formula is going to work best for you? Perlane and Restylane, two common choices in injectables, have a number of similarities. However, it is their differences that will help you distinguish between the two and make the best choice for your specific cosmetic goals.

Perlane and Restylane: Similarities

Both Perlane and Restylane are filler solutions crafted of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body that contributes to the soft, supple condition of the skin. As we age, our bodies produce less of this substances, resulting in loss of skin elasticity and loose, hanging skin in areas like the cheeks and jawline. By restoring hyaluronic acid to the area, we can also turn back the clock on your appearance.

Perlane and Restylane are both administered by injection and involve little discomfort and no downtime. Common side effects of both products are mild redness and swelling around the injection sites, which typically subside within a day or two after treatment. Results of these formulas are temporary but long-lasting, with many patients going at least six months before requiring a touch-up treatment.

Perlane and Restylane: Differences

Although these two injectables have many things in common, they also have some distinct differences. Restylane contains very small particles that provide a smooth result to even delicate areas like the eyes and lips. Injections are delivered very close to the surface of the skin, which also makes Restylane a good choice for superficial lines and creases around the nose, mouth and chin.

Perlane’s particles are much larger, allowing this solution to work effectively on more defined facial creases. Injections are also placed deeper below the skin’s surface so deeper wrinkles can be effectively smoothed away. The larger particles may also lead to results that last slightly longer than Restylane injections, although both treatments are typically recommended for about a six-month duration.

Although Restylane has been approved for treatment of the lips, Perlane’s approval is restricted to treating deeper facial creases like nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the nose and mouth. For some patients, a combination of Perlane and Restylane injections may be used to achieve the best possible results, erasing wrinkles, while restoring youthful facial volume. It is important to talk to your plastic surgeon about the best treatment option for your specific concerns.

Dr. Kaweski uses both Restylane and Perlane for her San Diego patients, in addition to other injectable treatments that might produce an even wider range of results. She will work with you to determine your specific cosmetic goals and then recommend the best formula or combination of formulas for your needs.

To learn more about your options in injectable treatments, contact Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery at (619) 464-9876.