Becoming a Younger Looking New York with Perlane
What is Perlane?
Perlane is a derivative of hyaluronic acid and widely used in cosmetic clinics to treat a number of skin imperfections including lip augmentation. In order to appreciate what perlane does, one needs to understand a little about hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that has several functions that includes 1) maintaining hydration of tissues, 2) providing tissue support, 3) cushioning tissues against external trauma and 4) enhancing tissue resilience. As we age, the levels of hyaluronic acid start to decline, and the overlying skin loses its support, and hence lines and wrinkles appear on the body.
Where does Perlane come from?
Perlane is injectable dermal filler made from non-animal derived hyaluronic acid. Unlike other collagen based dermal fillers, the biggest advantage of perlane is that there is a little risk of allergy. Hence, there is no need to pre-test the individual with perlane before the formal injections.
Perlane is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid. However, as compared to Restylane, the average size of particles and the depth of injection is more suitable for severe facial wrinkles as they may require a deeper injection into the skin. Clinical studies show that patients maintain improvement for six months after only one Perlane treatment.
What is Perlane used to treat?
Perlane can be used to treat a range of skin imperfections such as:
Less frequently Perlane is also used to treat:
In the last decade, Perlane has become one of the most widely used dermal fillers to augment lips because it does tend to produce luscious, plump erotic lips.
Perlane is used in patients who are concerned about discomfort from treatment as it can provide equally effective results but with a more comfortable Perlane experience. Perlane-L is combined with lidocaine and patients have reported less pain during treatment with Perlane-L as compared to Perlane. Both Perlane and Perlane-L are not approved for use in lip enhancement. Perlane-L should also not be used in patients who are allergic to lidocaine.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to see a licensed New York physician, such as Dr. Gafanovich, befoing undergoing a treatment.
Is there any pretesting or preparation required by New York State before injection with Perlane?
Since perlane is not obtained from animals, there is no need for pretesting. Pretesting is done when there is a risk of allergy but with perlane the risk of allergy is negligible.
All individuals who have had a prior outbreak of herpes infection should inform us about it. The reason is that perlane injection may trigger an outbreak. Hence, you may need to be treated with an antiviral drug for a few days.
Are Perlane injections better than collagen?
Overall, perlane is a much more sophisticated dermal filler than most collagen derived products. It has a fine texture and gives aesthetically pleasant results. Perlane doesn not only last a lot longer. It is better tolerated and is much safer than collagen derived dermal fillers.
Where are Perlane injections done in NYC?
Perlane injections are performed as an outpatient. More commonly the injections are performed at our skin rejuvenation center in Upper East Side. Before the injections, no extensive preparation is required. When you arrive at Rejuve NYC, your facial skin will be cleaned and the injection sites will be marked. In most cases, the clinician will apply a topical numbing medication (local anesthetic) about 30-45 minutes prior to the procedure. Because the injections are done with a very fine needle and the combination of the local anesthetic, the pain is minimal during the procedure. The procedure does not take more than 30-45 minutes, depending on what is being performed.
What is recovery after Perlane injections?
Once the injections are performed, there is little downtime. Most individuals recover rapidly. The few adverse effects of the injections include mild bruising, redness and swelling at the site of the needle entry. The bruising can be covered with mascara or facial make-up if one decides to go out. In most cases, the redness and swelling usually decrease within 3-5 days. For the next 4-6 weeks, it is important to avoid exposure to the sun as this can lead to permanent discoloration. If outdoor activity is unavoidable, then one should wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30. The pain after perlane injections is mild and can easily be decreased with Tylenol. One is able to undertake all daily living activities within 24-48 hours that includes swimming and driving.
Perlane Injections in New York: When Do I See the Benefits?
The cosmetic benefits of perlane occur relatively fast. Once the swelling and redness subside, one will be able to see the difference in cosmesis. However, the full cosmetic benefits of perlane injections usually become obvious after 10-14 days.
Are Perlane injections permanent?
Perlane is not a permanent treatment for fine lines or wrinkles. In most individuals, the benefits of Perlane last anywhere from 6 -12 months. To maintain the wrinkle-free face, one will require at least 1-2 additional touch up injections each year. On the other hand collagen injections last 3-5 months.
How does the skin look after injections with Perlane?
The majority of individuals who have perlane injection mention that their skin appears younger-looking, is smooth to touch, soft and of course, wrinkle free.
Can Perlane be used with other cosmetic products?
What is cost of Perlane?
Perlane injections are considered cosmetic treatment and not covered by any health insurance plan. Prior to undergoing the procedure, always discuss the cost of perlane injections with the therapist. Because perlane is a non-animal based dermal filler, it is slightly more expensive compared to the collagen fillers. Contact our front desk in Manhattan to find out about the latest prices and specials.