This post is sponsored by Restylane® Lyft and Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ve noticed that when I’m not smiling, I look a little depressed and somewhat sad. The reason is that the corners of my mouth turn down ever so slightly. What used to be a pleasant look on my face is no more. I look stern much of the time, unless I try to maintain a smidgen of a smile on my lips. I’m afraid I won’t be able to do this much longer, as it is getting worse.
So what’s next? Will I begin to appear angry instead of just a little sad? I don’t wish to look like Cruella de Vil. It might frighten the grandchildren, especially the toddlers.
I’ve also noticed that the apples of my cheeks have lost volume. My face is beginning to look gaunt. In the picture above, look how full Tracy’s cheeks are, as compared to mine.
Everything seems to be sliding toward my mouth which may be why my mouth is turning down. Drat that pesky thing called gravity which is good for keeping us grounded, but which our muscles control less and less as we age.
So enter an old friend called Restylane® which has a new treatment that I really want to try soon. It is called Restylane® Lyft. You can read more about it here.
I’m hoping it can add some volume to my cheeks. Restylane® Lyft is the first and only FDA approved filler for cheek augmentation and the correction of moderate to severe smile lines (nasolabial folds).
I guess that is why I need to talk to a specialist before I decide. A good specialist can tell me which area(s) needs to be lifted, filled, relaxed and/or smoothed, because what I don’t want is anything that changes my looks overall. I still want to look like me.
Last Wednesday evening I was invited to a “What’s Her Secret?” event in Atlanta at Dermatology Consultants. You can find them here. They are located on Peachtree Road in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, where Dr. Anna Paré gave a demonstration on the use of both Restylane® Silk and Restylane® Lyft.
As many of you know, I have used fillers in the nasolabial folds of my face for years–you know those folds that run from your nose down to your mouth. The fillers really helped with the puddling of skin at my jowl line and helped my face look less severe.
So as you can tell I’ve had good experiences with Restylane®.
They have another product called Restylane® Silk that I may also try. It adds back the fullness that we lose as our lips age. My upper lip especially has been thinning. Silk may be in my future, too. You can read more about it here.
Restylane® Silk is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth in patients 21 years of age and older. I definitely have those little parallel lines where my lipstick bleeds unless I line them with a clear lip pencil.
Finally, Galderma, the company that makes these Restylane® products has an amazing opportunity for you to earn extra benefits when using their treatments. The ASPIRE Galderma Rewards program, which you can find here, gives each new member a $20 Treatment Certificate to be applied toward his or her next treatment.
Oh, the things we’ll do to maintain our youth.
My husband Chuck complains that I commit fraud every day with my makeup and treatments, but then again he also likes to still refer to me as his 61-year old “hot wife”. Thanks to Restylane® and his failing eye sight, I still may have it!
Important Safety Information
Indications: The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane®. Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane are indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane-L are indicated for mid-to-deep dermal implantation. Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine are indicated for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis. Restylane Silk is indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation and dermal implantation for correction of perioral rhytids in patients over the age of 21. Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane and Restylane-L are also indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation in patients over the age of 21.
Products in the Restylane family contain traces of gram-positive bacterial protein and are contraindicated for patients with allergies to such material or in patients with severe allergies that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by patients with bleeding disorders or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Restylane and Restylane-L for lip enhancement and Restylane Silk should not be used by people under 22 years. Restylane-L, Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine. Products should not be injected anywhere except the dermis, superficial subcutis (Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine only), or lip submucosa (Restylane, Restylane-L, and Restylane Silk only).
Use of products in the Restylane family at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. Do not implant into blood vessels. Use with caution in patients recently treated with anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors to avoid bleeding and bruising.
The Restylane family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Perlane are available at www. RestylaneUSA.com. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is available at www.RestylaneLyft.com.