Dr. Eric M. Finley, board certified in Dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology. Here the Doctor has answered some of the common questions bizymoms visitors have about Cosmetic Dermatology.
Q. What is Perlane? And how does it work
Perlane is a non animal hyaluronic acid soft tissue filler used for fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, face and sometimes the lips.
Q. What is the difference between Restylane and Perlane?
Restylane is a non animal hyaluronic acid soft tissue filler as well and is used to fill facial defects caused by fine lines and wrinkles. Is is sometimes used to fill acne scars as well. Restylane is similar to Perlane except there is a greater concentration of hyaluronic acid in Perlane so Perlane is sometimes preferred for lip augmentation.
Q. How soon can clients expect to see visible results?
Patients will see improvment in their fine lines and wrinkles right after the Restylane or Perlane treatment. It is injected with a needle so sometimes little red marks from the needle stick might be present for a few hours after the procedure. If a blood vessel is nicked a small bruise may develop and this can take a week or so to resolve.
Q. How long does the effects of Perlane last?
The hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane and Perlane) are only temporary and are absorbed by the body over time. Patients should expect a benefit of approximately 6 months but some patients I have treated have had a good result lasting up to 9-12 months.
Q. Are there any side effects of using the Perlane treatment?
Side effects to hyaluronic fillers include pain on injection, an inflammatory response to the material (very rare), and local injection reactions as mentioned above (a mark from the needle stick or bruise). Over correction may leave a bump in the skin and placing the material too superficially will leave a bluish blimish that has to be nicked and drained. These types of fillers are actually very safe because hyaluronic acid is a normal component of our skin--it is a very natural substance and thus doesn’t require a skin "test" prior to treatment.