As we age, it is common to notice subtle changes in our facial appearance. Lines and wrinkles commonly begin to form around the eyes, forehead, nose, and mouth. These outward signs of aging are caused by changes in the underlying structure of the skin. It is natural for collagen and elastin fibers to break down or wear out as we get older. Patients who are especially expressive are likely to experience these signs of aging even earlier. Fortunately, patients of dermatologist William P. Baugh can smooth out these lines and wrinkles and fill deep creases with safe and effective dermal fillers treatment. For our patients in Fullerton, Restylane® and Perlane® are two popular fillers that we offer. While these products are very similar, Dr. Baugh can determine which treatment is more appropriate based on each patient’s unique needs.
Benefits of Restylane® and Perlane®
Many dermal fillers that are available to patients are composed of bovine collagen. While collagen injections can be very effective, they are not a good option for all patients. Some patients are allergic to this substance. Restylane® and Perlane® are different in that they are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance which is found naturally in the body. The benefit of using hyaluronic acid is that it eliminates the chances of an allergic reaction for patients. Because hyaluronic acid is a natural material, it will also be absorbed naturally by the body over time so there are no safety issues.
The hyaluronic acid (in gel form) in injected into the skin to fill lines, wrinkles, and creases. These products can also be used to create volume in the lips. Treatment with either Restylane® or Perlane® offer effective treatment of aging on the face. Patients are left with smoother and fuller facial features that appear more youthful. A final benefit of these products is that they are long lasting. Restylane® and Perlane® can last up to twice as long as collagen fillers with repeat treatments often being required every six months or less.
Which Treatment Is Right for Me?
Because Restylane® and Perlane® are composed of the same material, many patients wonder which treatment is best for them. The main difference between Restylane® and Perlane® is the size of the particles in each filler. The particles in Restylane® are small. This makes Restylane® an ideal treatment for lines, wrinkles, and creases that are more shallow, commonly those around the upper and lower lip.
Because it is composed of larger particles, Perlane® is used to fill deeper creases and folds, often those around the cheeks and mouth. Either substance is suitable for creating volume in the lips, it is just dependent on the amount of volume that the patient prefers. Dr. Baugh will take each patient’s needs and desires into consideration in order to determine if Restylane® or Perlane® is a more appropriate treatment option.
At Full Spectrum Dermatology, we provide patients with effective treatments that require minimum downtime. We want to help patients look good so that they can feel good. If you have questions about Restylane®, Perlane®, or any of our other dermatology services, contact us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Willliam Baugh and his staff look forward to meeting you.