Did you know that the Restylane family of fillers is quite spectacularly diverse!? The hyaluronic acid (HA) based dermal filler was first established in Europe in 1996 and soon after was introduced in the United States. To this day, Restylane takes the crown for the number one most studied hyaluronic acid filler and is also the most used filler for cosmetic treatments worldwide. The broad Restylane line includes Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane-L, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, and now the trendsetting, natural feeling lip filler, Restylane Kysse. Their widely versatile range of products will beautifully restore, rejuvenate, and refresh your look.
Patients seeking anti-aging and beauty heightening treatments desire natural results that are highly customized to enhance their best and unique features. Endeavoring to meet the patient's individualized needs and desires, Galderma, the parent company behind the Restylane brand, has been a leading investor in research and design to bring the best HA products to the market. The culmination of these effects has been the development of two complementary technologies that present the ultimate range of dermal fillers to meet specific needs. "NASHA" and "XpresHAn" are the unique branded names given for these technologies.
The Restylane NASHA gels are robust. These HA products are specially designed to create more structure in facial features like the cheeks, tear troughs, and along the chin/jawline. The Restylane products that are made of NASHA technology include Restylane Lyft, Restylane-L, and Restylane Silk. These hyaluronic acid fillers are often used where greater lifting or filling is needed.
The Restylane XpresHAn (aka "expression") gels are smoother, used to create flexible, subtle, and soft support or volume. This next-generation technology integrates into your tissue allowing for it to move smoothly with facial expression. Having flexible and stretchable properties is a key component of enhancing the lips and lower face areas. Restylane products that contain XpresHAn technology include Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, and now the anticipated hyaluronic acid filler, Restylane Kysse.
Now that we have discussed the powerful science that undergirds the Restylane family of fillers, we are excited to announce their newest addition. If we could 'Kysse' any new product, it would definitely be this one! Restylane Kysse has been an eagerly awaited filler for lip augmentation and the correction of upper perioral rhytids (lip wrinkles) in adults over the age of 21. Following more than a year of comprehensive clinical studies, Restylane Kysse has been shown to surpass other similar fillers in safety, product effectiveness, and patient satisfaction. Kysse has been a fan favorite in international markets, but now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally given the green light for usage in the United States. We're a little late to the Kysse party but better late than never!
If this is the first time learning about this new lip filler, you may be wondering what are the advantages of Restylane Kysse? Kysse has created a lot of excitement as it's the first lip hyaluronic acid gel to use XpressHAn technology. Kysse provides a soft look that moves with your facial expression! The unique cross-linking of the hyaluronic acid molecules in Kysse gives it the perfect balance of structure and flexibility making it perfect for adding definition to the border and achieving a perfect, natural-looking pout. When you talk, smile, or laugh, the filler softly bends and flexes with your tissue, naturally becoming one with your lips!
Lip filler longevity relies on a few different factors. Depending on your metabolism, how much volume was placed, and what product is used, the average patient sees their enhanced lips last 6-8 months or more! Because our lips move more often than other facial features, lip filler typically does not last as long as less mobile areas like tear troughs or cheeks. However, due to XpresHAn technology in Kysse, it does take longer for the body to break it down, which means your lips look more beautiful longer than with many other traditional lip fillers. Not only was Kysse designed specifically for the lips, but patients are reporting that their results have lasted up to a YEAR! It's not magic, but it feels magical not having to get injected nearly as often.
Today's dermal fillers offer us a variety of ways to add volume, soften vertical lips lines, and present the perfect pout. Because there are so many choices, it's common for patients to ask which filler is the best?
To compare and contrast these fillers, we first need to recognize their similarities. Both Restylane and Juvéderm offer products that beautifully enhance the lips. Restylane is well known for Silk and now Kysse, whereas Juvéderm is recognized for Volbella XC and Ultra Plus XC. Both Juvéderm and Restylane products contain hyaluronic acid, and they both also contain lidocaine to ease discomfort during the procedure.
However, the differences of each brand lie in the unique formula specifically designed for the lips. Juvéderm and Restylane differ in how the HA is cross-linked, which alters the characteristics of the gel produced. Two critical properties of a gel dermal filler are its G prime and its viscosity. G prime refers to the structural durability of the filler. Like Juvederm Ultra Plus, fillers with higher G prime can enhance the lips and create shape to areas such as the cupids bow. Fillers with lower G primes, such as Restylane Kysse, are softer, spread through tissues easier, and better move with the face.
Here at TEC, our nurse injectors pride themselves in providing the most natural enhancement possible. This patient was "Kyssed" in her upper and lower lips for natural lip enhancement. She was hoping to look like "herself" only "fresher.”
Do you want to be Kyssed? If you have noticed your lips thinning and want to restore natural-looking plumpness and definition or if you just want that perfect pout, give our office a call at (916) 941-9400 or click here for a consultation!
JULY 2, 2020