Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own.
Aging gracefully doesn’t mean you have to be satisfied with the status quo – I’ve partnered with Restylane ® Silk on this post to tell you what your options are.
I’ll never forget my mom standing in front of the mirror at about the age of 34, stretching the skin on her face, pulling it back toward the hairline trying to rid herself of smile lines and crow’s feet. I would stand there in awe at the fact she had anything at all to stretch, pull, or alter. I thought she was a vision – a flawless, beautiful vision.
I’ve always been so sure I’d want to age gracefully without the aid of any sort of shot in my face or plastic surgery. Actually, let me retract that, if someone were to offer me knee lipo in exchange for social media coverage, I’d totally take that, but everything else just seemed silly, unnecessary, and potentially Barbieified to me.
Until the fateful day I put my signature red lipstick on and the flipping lipstick started bleeding into the lines around my mouth I didn’t even know I had. I was absolutely HORRIFIED, you guys. This is the stuff grandmas are made of, not 33 year old young women. I’ve since turned 34, and while I try to say positive things about myself in front of my own daughter, the truth is that there are things that could use a little poking and prodding from time to time, and we are fortunate enough to live in an era where we can have those things done without looking like we’ve had worms implanted into our lips or have succumbed to shock therapies.
While I was in NYC in July, I was fortunate enough to attend the Restylane® Silk brunch where I learned about a lip-plumping option that is natural looking and allows you to kiss your significant other without feeling like they’re kissing a tootsie roll. I don’t know about you, but that’s a major win in my book.
Lips, like any other part of the face, age and begin to show a little wear and tear as you get older. Lips can become thinner, lose their shape, or *horrors* develop those vertical lines that lipstick likes to seep into. Restylane® Silk uses a smaller, smoother particle than other Restylane® products, which results in plumper, smoother lips. 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. Considering the fact that I’m 34, and well over 21, I think I’m a darned good candidate for a little lip smoothing.
In the mean time, I’ll settle for filling in the cracks with concealer, lining my lip with clear lip liner, followed by red lipliner, followed up with my bright red lipstick. Stay tuned in the next couple months, though. I might have to follow this up with a Restylane® Silk treatment and let you know how it goes.
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