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Restylane® Silk Beverly Hills

Thinning lips and lip lines are conspicuous signs of aging that tend to be more common in women. Due to their front and center location they are impossible to hide and in fact lipstick and makeup will accentuate the problem rather than mask it. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem in the form of injectable filler called Restylane Silk. Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon Dr. Behrooz Torkian prefers this specifically formulated lip and wrinkle filler due to its thinner consistency, which permits a more refined application.

How is Restylane Silk different from other fillers?

Restylane Silk is the first and only FDA approved product for lip enhancement on people over 21 years of age. Like other Restylane products, it is a gel composed of hyaluronic acid which is a fluid naturally occurring in the connective tissues of the body.

This particular formulation is thinner and uses smaller particles, allowing a smaller gauge needle to be used. This gives Dr. Torkian greater control when shaping the lips and placing the product for fullness. Careful placement of Restylane Silk in our Beverly Hills patients' lips produces plump natural looking lips that aren’t overly pouty and smoothes the vertical lines above the lips. Hyaluronic acid holds moisture within tissues, which creates youthful looking volume, which in turn fills in the wrinkles around the lips.

One hour to luscious lips

A Restylane Silk Beverly Hills treatment takes about an hour and because it contains an anesthetic, the discomfort with this product is minimal. The thinner consistency of the gel allows it to flow easily through micro needles, which also contributes to a more comfortable experience.

Prior to your treatment the area will be cleansed and a numbing cream will be applied. Dr. Torkian will then begin injecting the product into the lips and the area above the lips using a very gentle technique. Once he is satisfied that the product is in the right place, he may gently massage the area, directing the product where it is most needed.

After your Beverly Hills Restylane Silk treatment, lips appear fuller and lip wrinkles will be almost invisible. The effects of Restylane Silk will last anywhere between 3 and 6 months and can be refreshed when needed. A recent clinical study of the effects of Restylane Silk found that 98% of patients saw a visible improvement in fullness after 14 days and that 76% of patients still saw improvement after 6 months.

Am I a candidate for Restylane Silk lip enhancement?

Since Restylane Silk is comprised of a naturally occurring substance, most people can enjoy the benefits of this revolutionary lip enhancing, wrinkle erasing product. Generally patients should be in good health, should not be pregnant or breastfeeding and be over 21 years of age.

People with allergies to a certain gram positive bacteria, or with severe allergies that have required a hospital stay would not be candidates for Restylane Silk. Anyone with bleeding disorders or allergies to the anesthetic lidocaine would also not be good candidates for this procedure. If there are any rashes, infections or sores at the site, treatment would need to be postponed until the condition has healed to avoid complications.

Side effects

Using Restylane Silk has few side effects, the most common being some swelling and tenderness at the site. Some patients experience mild bruising which resolves in a few days following treatment.

Avoiding bruising and swelling can be assisted greatly by following the recommendations given by Dr. Torkian for patients receiving Restylane Silk in Beverly Hills at his clinic. These recommendations include avoiding medications that can thin the blood such as ibuprofen based pain medication and certain herbal and vitamin supplements. Also, using cool gel packs on the treatment site can help with swelling.

Gold standard for lip enhancement

While other fillers have been used for lip enhancement, approval by the FDA of Restylane Silk for subtle lip enhancement has created a high demand for this treatment. If you are concerned about the aging appearance of your lips and the vertical wrinkles that absorb lipstick, make an appointment to see Dr. Torkian. He will listen to your concerns and examine you so he can provide you with his recommendations for achieving your image goals. If our Restylane Silk Beverly Hills treatment is not a good option for you, he can provide you with alternative treatments to achieve your goals.