Looking for new wrinkle removers that don’t involve surgery? Check these out.
2 New Wrinkle Removers
Restylane Silk is an FDA-approved filler to subtly plump up lips and smooth out the small, vertical wrinkles and lines around your mouth (which can be exacerbated by smoking or by habitually pursing lips).
Treatment: Your plastic surgeon or dermatologist uses an extra-fine needle to inject tiny particles of a clear gel made from hyaluronic acid —a sugar naturally present in your skin’s collagen—into the treated area one or two times over the course of two weeks.
Temporary side effects can include swelling, redness, pain, and bruising. This product should not be used on anyone with a history of severe allergies, a bleeding disorder or an allergy to lidocaine.
Results last about six to twelve months months. Average price: $650
Note: Consult your primary doctor and your dermatologist before deciding if Restylane Silk is right for you.
Bellafill is an FDA- and Health Canada-approved filler for the correction of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds or smile lines. The FDA has also approved Bellafill for the correction of moderate to severe facial acne scars.
Treatment: The plastic surgeon injects a formula that combines bovine collagen for immediate volume and microspheres of tiny particles of PMMA. These PMMA articles are not absorbed, but remain in place to support the production of new collagen over time.
Temporary side effects can include swelling, redness, pain, bruising, itching. This product should not be used on anyone with a history of severe allergies, an allergy to any bovine collagen product or lidocaine, a bleeding disorder, or a tendency to thick or excessive scarring.
Results can continue to show improvement 12 months and more after treatment. Lasts five years according to most studies.
Average price: $1,000 per syringe. Average number of syringes per treatment: Five, which brings the cost to $5,000. (If you are over 50, you may need more than five syringes per treatment).
Note: Consult your primary doctor and your dermatologist before deciding if Bellafill is right for you. Before any treatment, a skin allergy test must be performed.
This article has been reviewed by Dr. Amy Wolthoff, dermatologist.
For more information:
• realself.com - Patient reviews of Restylane
• restylaneusa.com - Restylane Silk info
• thederminstitute.com - Answers to common queries about Resylane Silk
• sunemedical.com - Basic summary of Bellafill info
• bellafill.com - Bellafill info from manufacturer
• realsef.com - Doctor opinions on how long Bellafill lasts
• realself.com - Doctors answer common questions about Bellafill