Restylane vs. Perlane — A Tale of Two Fillers

Dermal FillersNew fillers are coming out seemingly every day. But while that isn’t literally true, the list of available fillers is growing. Patients can get confused about what fillers are best for what.

Dr. Lavey utilizes different fillers for different situations because each filler is designed to target a specific issue or need on the face. Sometimes patients request a filler because they have heard the name, but don’t really know what that particular filler is designed to do.

This sometimes happens with Restylane and Perlane. Both are hyaluronic acid fillers and both are made by the same company. But that’s where their similarities end.

Both Restylane and Perlane are hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body (and in almost every other animal) whose job it is to keep the skin full, taut, and hydrated. Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds with water molecules to plump the skin. As we age the production of hyaluronic acid in the body decreases and our skin becomes more lax and prone to wrinkling.

Perlane is three times thicker than Restylane. Because it is thicker, Perlane can potentially be seen after it is injected. So, to make it effective, Perlane needs to have fat in the injection sites to help hide the filler. Its thickness makes Perlane effective for adding volume to the cheeks, chin, and nasolabial folds. Perlane is great for moderate to severe folds. Perlane results last around 18 months.

Restylane has been used much more than Perlane: it has been injected over 11 million times. As mentioned above, it is the thinner of the two fillers. This allows Restylane to flow and spread out when injected. This makes it effective for defining the lip edges or filling the hollows under the eyes. Restylane works well in areas with thinner skin. Restylane results last about one year.

If you’re interested in dermal fillers, let’s talk. Call 925-820-3633.

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