February 20, 2007

Restylane lasts longer and longer

Exciting news in the WSJ today....Restylane, a hyaluronic acid soft tissue filler FDA approved for wrinkle correction of naso labial folds was found in a small study, 11 patients, to increase collagen production! I have noticed that in some patients Restylane has lasted longer and longer with each treatment. It will be interesting to see if Juvederm, Allergan's new hylanuronic filler, will do the same.

My patients love the quick results with fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, especially when they are combined with Botox. I have noticed less and less requests for mini-facelifts and more and more for fillers. Radiesse another newly approved filler lasts a bit longer than the hyaluronic acids and is quite popular in the lower face. It will be interesting to see if it too, like Restylane, helps build up collagen lost due to aging and UV damage.