Newport Beach dermatologist discusses family of Perlane fillers
Perlane is made from one of the most common materials used to make soft tissue or dermal fillers: Hyaluronic Acid. HA is a preferred material, because it is present in the body.
A natural moisturizer, HA production declines as part of the aging process. In fact, it is reported that the body cycles through one-third of the 15 available grams of HA each day. As less of the substance is produced or replaced over time, your skin can appear dry, leathery, and lackluster. The tissues are also more vulnerable to damage and the lack of moisture can make wrinkles and lines look more prominent.
HA-based fillers such as Perlane are designed to replace your body’s own hyaluronic acid. Like other dermal fillers, Perlane is injected into the treatment area to add volume and fullness.
The Restylane connection
Perlane is actually a member of the Restylane family of dermal fillers manufactured by Galderma Laboratories. Perlane is designed differently from Restylane. Perlane molecules are larger and can be injected deeper into the skin than Restylane. In turn, Perlane may be better-suited to treat more severe wrinkles that require the filler be injected deeper into the skin.
Furthermore, Restylane is FDA-approved to plump up the lips in patients who are older than 21. Perlane is not designed for lip enhancement, but it is approved for the treatment of those nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth.
There are also 2 different types of Perlane. Perlane-L is distinguished from “standard” Perlane as it contains lidocaine. The lidocaine helps to numb and ease any discomfort felt as the filler is injected. While 95 percent of patients reportedly experienced “significantly” less pain with the Perlane sister product, it is not a suitable alternative for patients with lidocaine allergies.
Side effects are generally limited to mild swelling, tenderness, bruising, and redness, which typically subside in less than a week. In 3 clinical studies, 63 to 75 percent of patients had maintained results of treatment 6 months after just 1 Perlane session.
As with any injectable treatment, proper technique is paramount. Turn to Dr. Arta Farshidi, a skilled dermatologist experienced with the administration of Perlane fillers, for more information. Call (949) 531-7111.
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