We are excited to offer the latest in lip filler technology- Restylane Kysse.
As one of the first offices offering this product, our team will be able to provide insights on how the product performs compared to other popular fillers. In demand for her dermal filler skills, Dr. Patel has extensive experience with lip filler and lip filler correction. She has used numerous different brands, formulations, and techniques over the years, and she continues to evolve so that her results get better and better.
So what is Restylane Kysse?
It is the latest FDA approved product in the Restylane family of dermal fillers. Kysse has been shown to extend the longevity of your lip filler treatment while giving a more natural softness to your pout.
Kysse, pronounced like kiss, uses the technology of thinner fillers and is noted first and foremost for its flexibility under the skin.
With this formula, your lips can stretch comfortably with your natural facial movement and feel soft to the touch, while keeping the shape of your lips controlled and the border definition distinct and sharp.
What makes Kysse ideal for lip filler?
Restylane Kysse, like other FDA-approved dermal fillers, is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body which helps maintain hydration and elasticity.
This product specifically has been formulated for the lips, to not only to enhance the volume, shape, and appearance, but also to remain soft, look natural with movement, and avoid filler migration.
Kysse uses a technology which allows the hyaluronic acid to stretch with movement, and bind to your lips.
This combination of flexibility and firmness creates more natural feeling and looking lips with a distinctive border.
In a clinical multi-phase study, Kysse has been shown to last nearly twice as long as other lip filler (a year rather than 6 months), and also requires less product for the same results (1.82 mL vs 2.24 mL). Both of these qualities make it more cost effective for the patient.
LIP FILLER BASICS
What is lip filler?
Lip filler is made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance found naturally in the body, particularly in the skin, connective tissue, and around the eyes. Hyaluronic acid maintains water retention in the body for buoyant, smooth skin and features.
When injected into the lips, HA can safely enhance definition and increase volume, with minimal chance of side effects. There are several different brands of filler popular for use in the lips, and Restylane Kysse is the newest FDA-approved filler on the market in the United States.
How to distinguish one filler from another?
Many first-time patients don’t know that different types of dermal filler have different properties and consistencies depending on their intended area of use.
The composition of a filler that may work wonders on one part of the face may not work well at all on another. What you are trying to achieve, the landscape of the face, and the particular characteristics unique to the patient, are all important considerations when choosing a filler.
A product like Restylane Silk has a softer malleability and thinner consistency, making it ideal for a delicate area to inject such as the undereye.
A product like Restylane Lyft or Juvederm Voluma maintains more structural integrity, making it ideal for sculpting the cheeks or jawline.
A product like Restylane Defyne or Refyne, which has more flexibility but still a bit of a cushion, would be used for an area of the face which naturally generates a lot of movement but may have deeper lines to fill, like smile lines, or nasolabial lines and marionette lines.
A lip filler should be neither too soft and spreadable, or you risk dispersion or migration without a plumping or shaping effect, nor should it be too firm, or you risk an unnatural shape, firmness, and immobility.
How long does lip filler last?
Most fillers used on the lips generally last between 6 and 9 months. As the filler slowly begins to be broken down and absorbed by the body, and your lips will return towards their prior state.
Whether or not the lips can return to their original state depends on how much filler has been injected, how many times they have undergone lip filler injection, what type of filler was used, how much time has passed since injection, and how much new collagen stimulation may have occurred from injections.
What happens when you inject too much or too little lip filler?
Everyone’s lips are different, and so are their desired results. What one syringe may do for one patient may be far too little or far too much on another patient.
Typically speaking, most patients use either a partial syringe or one full syringe during a single lip augmentation treatment. For first time patients, and those with thin lips to begin with, it is best to begin with smaller amounts and build to your desired volume.
Overexaggerated and unnatural-looking lips have grown in popularity with the advent of social media, which has normalized that type of result. It’s important to remember that this is not what all filler looks like.
Our practice philosophy is quality of injections over quantity, and usually, less is more. It’s helpful to bring in inspiration references, and discuss what your ideal lips look like.
If too little filler is injected, your lips might not have as much volume as you’d like, and a touch up with more filler might be needed.
If too much filler is injected, you run the risk of filler migration, or where the filler spreads from inside the vermillion border (the pink of the lips), to the outside, creating a duck-like shape, lumps, or unnatural puffiness around the mouth which can affect movement. Often this does not go away fully on it’s own, and needs to be dissolved.
The bottom line with lip filler, as with any filler, is you are purchasing the judgement and skill of your injector, not the product itself. The filler itself is merely a tool.
What is lip filler aftercare?
The filler in your lips remains somewhat malleable for the first few days after injection, so you have to be careful not to avoid exaggerated lip movements or apply too much pressure or stretch to the area during this time.
Activities to avoid include using straws, dental appointments, rough application of makeup, or kissing for the first 48 hours.
Avoid alcohol around the time of injection, as this can increase bruising.
We recommend taking an Arnica and bromelain supplement, which we have available at the office, to minimize bruising and swelling.
No exercise for 2 days, as vigorous activity can lead to filler movement.
You can gently touch your lips or apply lip products right after your appointment, as long as your hands and/or applicators are clean.
It is normal for the lips to feel dry for the first several days after lip filler, and we recommend using a lip treatment and balm to keep them comfortable and hydrated.