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Many patients have trouble keeping track of all the injection products on the market and the differences between them. Restylane and Restylane Lyft are no exception. These two fillers are distinct products that each have unique characteristics and features that make them ideal for different cosmetic concerns.
Both dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA). They are produced from the same HA, but the major difference is the size of the HA particles in the gels. They are smaller in Restylane and larger in Restylane Lyft. This difference results in two products that have very different consistencies and therefore, different uses.
Restylane Lyft is a thicker, sturdier HA filler. This makes it ideal for deeper facial shaping techniques such as cheek augmentation and correction of deeper folds and wrinkles. Basically, anywhere you need more “heavy duty” filling and/or lifting. Restylane has a smoother consistency, and is ideal where more “finesse” or softer filling is required, such as the lips and beneath the eyes (tear troughs). It may also be used in deeper folds, but may simply require more of it to get the same effect of Restylane Lyft.
These two products may also be used together, and this is called “layering”. Dermal filler injections are often layered to give you the most natural-looking, proportionate results. For example, you may be concerned with deep laugh lines or nasolabial folds. Your injector may see a need to both augment your cheeks to lift them by using Restylane Lyft deep and then directly inject the nasolabial fold with Restylane. This technique places the thicker, sturdier filler deep within the skin and the smoother one closer to the skin’s surface.
The best part is that both products stimulate your body to make its own collagen and will work together to help your results last longer overall. Talk to your injector and discuss your concerns. A skilled aesthetic practitioner can help you decide which products will help you look your best and best fit your individual needs.