Perlane Vs. Restylane, What's the Difference?
Perlane and Restylane are similar products with important differences.
Restylane and Perlane are both hyaluronic acid filler products made by Medicis, Inc of Scottsdale, Arizona. They are similar products with important differences. Perlane is a more highly crosslinked product than Restylane. Crosslinking is the process that allows these products the ability to persist in the tissue and provide long term benefits. In the case of Restylane, this product seems to last for about a year or more. Perlane persists a bit longer and that time frame seems to be 4 to 6 months longer than the Restylane.
The products look similar however, when injecting the two products, it is immediately obvious the difference between the products. Restylane flows more readily than Perlane. However, Restylane is not as "smooth" (or runny) Juvederm a competing product made by Allergan, Inc. This ability to flow is helpful in the lower eyelid and lip edge where too much fullness is very easy to see after a service. As a result it is important that for treatmented in this area, to use a product like Restylane that holds in the tissue and is not too runny but at the same time can be manipulated and sculpted.
Restylane is perfect for the sensitive lower eyelid area and lip edge. For other areas of the face, there is abundant fat to help hide filler. In areas like the cheek, chin, nasolabial fold firmness of the material to resist dissipation is important for volumizing. Perlane is perfect for this role. Should there be an overfill issue after a treatment, both products can be adjusted with an enzyme called hyaluronidase that can be injected and softens the unwanted fullness.
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