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Full cheeks, smooth skin, plump lips: Some people have them naturally, while others get a little help from their dermatologists with dermal fillers. If you can't quite tell which category a celebrity or someone you know fits into, well, that's the point. The latest injectable treatments are easy to get (if not cheap), long lasting, and designed for subtlety. They're also perfectly safe, provided you've done your homework and go to a reputable doctor. If you're curious about fillers, these are the things to know before getting pumped up.

What is Restylane Lyft?

Restylane Lyft is a dermal filler used to treat wrinkles in adults. Formerly known as Perlane, Restylane Lyft has technically been on the market since 2015. Both contain a plumping substance called hyaluronic acid (HA), but in different amounts Restylane Lyft is primarily used for adding lift to cheeks, smoothing smile lines, and adding volume to the backs of hands.

How does Restylane Lyft work?

Restylane Lyft consists of individual injections that contain hyaluronic acid, lidocaine, and water. The combination of HA and water creates a plumping effect, which adds volume beneath your skin upon injection. This helps to temporarily smooth out wrinkles in the target area. Future follow-up treatments are necessary to help maintain these effects. The addition of lidocaine in Restylane Lyft helps to minimize any pain during the procedure. This can also help save time, as you won’t need to wait for a separate pain reliever to take effect before each treatment.

What to expect after Restylane Lyft ?

You’ll likely start seeing the effects of Restylane Lyft shortly after the procedure. HA works quickly to plump up the skin, though the full effects may not be noticeable for a few days. On average, Restylane Lyft lasts for 8 to 10 months at a time. Your individual results may vary. Your doctor will recommend follow-up treatments after this time frame so you can maintain your desired results. You can return to most of your normal activities following Restylane Lyft treatments but your doctor may advise against working out for 48 hours. You should also avoid excessive sun exposure.

Restylane® Lyft, initially approved by the FDA in Spring of 2007 under the name Perlane, is a “mid-dermal” hyaluronic acid filler product. As a sister product to Restylane, Lyft is designed for more pronounced facial folds and cheek and mid face volume restoration. The firm gel is injected into the deep dermis to add volume to help restore surface contour to approximate a younger-aged appearance. Restylane Lyft corrections maintain volume augmentation for about six to nine months before natural product degradation begins to lessen the effect.

How is Restylane Lyft different from Restylane?

Both Restylane Lyft and Restylane are composed of hyaluronic acid. The primary difference between Restylane and Lyft is that the hyaluronic acid gel particles in Lyft are larger than those found in Restylane. This gives the filler additional ability to lift and fill the areas of injection that require a denser formulation to hold shape. Lyft and Restylane are perfect complements to one another. For even longer and more defining fillers, meet Retylane Refyne and Defyne.

Preparing for Restylane Lyft treatment

Little preparation is required for Restylane Lyft treatments if your doctor has deemed you a good candidate for this procedure. You shouldn’t smoke or drink alcohol. Your doctor may also ask you to stop taking certain medications that increase the risk for bleeding, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) or blood thinners. Don’t stop taking these medications without talking to a doctor first. Certain herbs and supplements can also increase bleeding, so be sure to tell your doctor everything that you take. Avoid any aesthetic procedures prior to Restylane Lyft. Using these injections at the same time as chemical peels and exfoliants may cause scarring. Come to your appointment with clean skin that’s free of lotions and makeup. You may also need to arrive a few minutes early to fill out medical history paperwork and consent forms.

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