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What You Should Know About Restylane Lyft for Facial Rejuvenation

Age takes its toll on all of us, and even the most rigorous skincare routine can't completely turn back the hands of time. As we get older, our faces naturally lose volume as collagen and hyaluronic acid levels decline. 

Before you know it, you’ve gone from looking vibrant and refreshed to tired and worn out. But what if you could beat back time with a simple injectable treatment? That’s the promise of Restylane Lyft, an innovative dermal filler that can help restore your youthful appearance. 

Keep reading to learn how this filler can revive your look and why it might be right for you.

What is Restylane Lyft?

Restylane Lyft is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler designed specifically to add fullness back to the cheeks and midface. It was approved by the FDA in 2015 and is made by Galderma, a leader in aesthetic dermatology. 

The main active ingredient in this filler is hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the skin. This powerful humectant grabs onto moisture and holds onto it tightly. Young skin is plump and supple thanks to loads of hyaluronic acid. But as we age, their levels start dropping, causing our skin to lose its bounce, volume, and glow. 

That’s where Restylane Lyft comes in. 

  1. The hyaluronic acid in this filler is stabilized and crosslinked to create a gel-like filler that can be injected into the skin. 
  2. It then bonds with water and takes up space, providing both hydration and structural support. 

The results are an immediate smoothing of lines and a restoration of youthful facial contours.

What Are Its Proven Benefits?

There are many reasons this cheek filler has become such a popular choice among men and women looking to freshen up their looks. Here are some of the benefits this filler offers:

  • Adds fullness to hollow, sunken cheeks for a more youthful appearance
  • Corrects age-related midface contour deficiencies  
  • Smoothes stubborn wrinkles and folds like nasolabial lines and marionette lines
  • Creates definition along the chin and jawline
  • Results look completely natural, not overdone
  • No pre-testing required; low risk of an allergic reaction
  • Little to no downtime after treatment

This filler is designed specifically for cheek augmentation and midface volumization. It helps restore the plump cheeks and vibrant glow you had in your younger years.

Who Is a Good Candidate For This Filler?

Restylane Lyft can be a great option if you are experiencing any of the following age-related changes in your face:

  • Flattening of the cheeks 
  • Hollowness or sunken look to the cheeks
  • Deepening of nasolabial folds (lines from nose to mouth)
  • Increased appearance of marionette lines (mouth corners down to chin)
  • General loss of elasticity and firmness
  • Thinning or sagging skin 
  • Less definition along the jawline

The best candidates for this kind of filler are men and women in their 30s through 60s with mild to moderate signs of facial aging. It isn’t meant for lips or areas around the eyes. It is strictly for cheek enhancement and facial contouring. Patients in overall good health who do not have very thick skin respond particularly well. 

This cheek filler can benefit those who are not yet ready for more aggressive treatments like a facelift or neck lift. It’s a relatively easy, low-risk way to restore lost volume and smooth creases and wrinkles.

What to Expect During a Lyft Cheek Filler Procedure

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One of the advantages of this type of cheek filler is the quick and easy nature of the treatment. There is no lengthy recovery and you see results right away. Here is a basic outline of what to expect:

  • A pre-treatment consultation will be done to assess your specific cosmetic goals and concerns. Your medical history will also be reviewed.
  • The treatment area is cleaned and a topical anesthetic may be applied for comfort.
  • Lyft is carefully injected with a thin needle into the chosen areas - typically the cheeks, around the mouth, and along the chin/jawline.
  • Your practitioner will massage the area to evenly distribute the filler.
  • You’ll immediately see plumping of the skin and smoothing of wrinkles and folds.
  • The appointment takes around 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • Some common temporary side effects like swelling, redness, tenderness, and bruising may occur. These usually resolve within a few days.
  • You’ll be given post-treatment instructions for care such as avoiding strenuous activity initially and staying out of the sun.
  • Follow-up visits may be scheduled to maintain results by repeating treatment every 6-24 months if you wish.

Are There Any Side Effects?

As with any cosmetic procedure, some minor side effects can occur with Restylane Lyft filler injections. These usually go away within a week. Potential side effects include:

  • Temporary swelling, redness, pain, tenderness, or bruising at the injection sites
  • Headaches or cold-like symptoms as your immune system reacts to the filler
  • Acne breakouts or skin discoloration in rare cases

More serious but very uncommon risks include infection and vision abnormalities if the filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel. Choosing an experienced cosmetic provider can help minimize the chances of complications occurring.

How Do Restylane Lyft Results Compare to Surgery?

While a surgical facelift can produce more dramatic changes in loose or sagging skin, this filler offers a nonsurgical alternative with little recovery. Its benefits include:

  • No general anesthesia required
  • Quick 30-minute treatment sessions 
  • Much lower cost than facelift surgery  
  • No incisions or wounds to heal
  • Minimal pain and no extended downtime
  • More natural-looking results; lower risk of an “overdone” look
  • Can be repeated regularly to maintain a youthful appearance

Of course, results will not be as comprehensive or long-lasting as a facelift. But for many patients not ready to take that leap, Lyft is an effective way to turn back the clock 5-10 years.

What's the Cost and How Does It Compare to Other Treatments?

When considering any cosmetic dermal filler treatment, cost is often an important factor. Here is an overview of Restylane Lyft pricing and how it compares to other options:

Its average cost is typically $400-$800 per 1ml syringe in the United States. Most patients require 1-3 syringes per treatment area. The total cost depends on several factors:

  1. Number of syringes used - More syringes are needed to treat larger areas like the cheeks compared to smaller areas like the lips.
  1. Treatment area - Cheeks often require more syringes than wrinkles around the mouth or chin.
  1. Provider - Pricing varies based on geographic location and the injector's qualifications and experience level. 
  1. Formulation - Specialized versions like Lyft with Lidocaine tend to cost more than the original formula.

Some providers offer package deals for purchasing multiple syringes. Loyal repeat customers may also get discounted rates.

Compared to other leading dermal fillers, Lyft is competitively priced:

  • Juvederm (another hyaluronic acid filler) has a similar price range of $400-$800 per syringe.
  • Radiesse (calcium hydroxyapatite filler) is typically more expensive at $800-$1200 per syringe.
  • Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) has a higher cost of $800-$1500 per vial.

When looking at surgical options, Lyft is significantly less expensive for each individual treatment:

  • A facelift averages $7000-$15,000
  • A neck lift averages $4000-$8000 
  • A brow lift averages $3000-$6000

While Restylane Lyft requires maintenance injections over time for sustained results, the pre-treatment cost is far lower than these major surgical procedures. Consult with your provider to determine the right budget and treatment plan for your goals.

Combining Restylane Lyft with Other Treatments

For enhanced rejuvenation, there are alternate routes to take through popular treatment combinations like:

  • Lyft cheek augmentation plus Botox to smooth crow's feet and forehead lines
  • Lyft for midface volumization with Restylane Silk filler for lip enhancement 
  • Lyft for nasolabial folds with Volbella filler for vertical lip lines

Combination therapy allows you to target multiple signs of aging at once. The different injectables complement each other for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Be sure to consult with an experienced cosmetic provider on the best approach for your particular needs and anatomy.

Number of Treatment Sessions Needed  

For most patients, optimal results are achieved with 1-3 treatment sessions spaced 1-2 months apart. This allows for gradual volumization and smoothing to look natural. Trying to cram it all into one session can increase swelling and side effects. 

The number of sessions depends on:

  • Areas being treated - More sessions are needed for full face vs. smaller areas.
  • Severity of volume loss and wrinkles - More significant aging requires more filler.
  • Personal preference for subtle or dramatic improvement.

Your provider will tailor the number of sessions and amount of filler precisely to your needs. Be patient and allow the process to unfold over multiple treatments for the best outcome.

How Long Do Its Results Last?

Results typically last from 6 to 12 months (or even more in some cases) with the optimal injection technique. Several factors influence longevity:

  • Age - Results may not last as long for older patients with thinner skin.
  • Area treated - The cheeks and midface tend to retain filler longer than the lips.
  • Skin type - Drier skin holds onto the hyaluronic acid better than oily skin.
  • Injection technique - Deep injections into facial planes extend results.
  • Patient anatomy and metabolism - The filler dissipates faster in some patients.

Take note that lifestyle habits like smoking cigarettes can shorten results. With optimal technique, many patients see well-retained improvements for 9-12 months after treatment. But regular touch-ups are needed to maintain the look long-term.

Maintenance Treatments

To sustain Lyft results, maintenance sessions every 6-18 months are recommended. This helps replenish lost volume and prevent reversal of improvements. Maintenance visits typically require less filler to simply restore your look:

  • The first maintenance round may be needed at the 6-9 month mark after initial treatments.
  • For some patients, annual treatment is sufficient to maintain improvements. 
  • Multi-year consistency with maintenance sessions promotes lasting collagen production for a youthful appearance.

Your provider will advise you on when to return based on the longevity you experienced with initial injections. Be diligent with follow-up appointments for the best aesthetic outcome over time.

Start Your Journey Toward a Better You

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If you are intrigued by the revitalizing potential of Restylane Lyft filler, it’s time to schedule a consultation. Getting an in-person evaluation is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for cheek augmentation and midface rejuvenation with this popular filler. 

Doctor Lanna Aesthetics offers Lyft filler to patients looking to rediscover their youthful glow. With an artistic eye and gentle touch, Dr. Lanna creates beautiful, natural enhancements tailored to your unique facial anatomy. Contact Lanna Aesthetics today to learn more and restore your confidence this year!

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