Restylane vs. Perlane — A Battle of Fillers

Restylane vs. Perlane — A Battle of Fillers

As more and more dermal fillers come to the marketplace, people can be confused about their differences. Most fillers have been designed to target specific issues, such as volume loss or deep creases. Two popular fillers, Restylane and Perlane are confused because the same company, QMed, makes them both. But they have different purposes.

Both Restylane and Perlane are hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body responsible for giving the skin volume, hydration, and fullness. Unfortunately, our hyaluronic acid production decreases as we age, so our skin becomes more lax and prone to wrinkles and folds. Both of these fillers are injected to fill the space between collagen and elastin fibers within the skin to restore lost volume. They also attract and bind to water molecules to hydrate and fill the injection area.

Despite their similarities, Perlane and Restylane are actually complements to one another.

Perlane Explained

Perlane has a thicker consistency than Restylane. In fact, Perlane is three times thicker than Restylane. Because it is thicker, Perlane would have the potential to be seen in the injection sites, so it needs fat in the area to help hide the filler. Because of this, it works well, adding volume to the cheeks, chin, and nasolabial folds. Perlane is great for moderate to severe folds.

Restylane Explained

Restylane is more popular than Perlane, having been injected over 11 million times. It is far thinner than Perlane. This allows Restylane to flow and spread out, so it is perfect for defining the lip edge or the hollows under the eyes. It works well on sensitive areas with finer wrinkles and thinner skin.

The duration of the products sets them apart from one another. Perlane lasts longer because its thickness allows it to stay in the tissue longer. Restylane lasts about a year or more; Perlane is six months longer than that.

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Are you interested in receiving dermal fillers? Contact us to schedule a consultation today at K Plastic Surgery with Dr. Kayastha, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Albany, NY.

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Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.