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At Dr. Darren M. Smith’s clinic, personalized facial enhancement is paramount. With a keen eye for detail, Dr. Smith employs Restylane’s diverse range of specialized formulas to achieve the most natural and refreshed look for each client.

Renowned for his precision in injectable treatments, he ensures that every Restylane application enhances your natural beauty, offering a subtle yet transformative rejuvenation tailored just for you.

What is Restylane? 

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based injectable dermal filler product. It received FDA approval in 2003 and has since gained widespread popularity as one of the world’s most sought-after cosmetic dermal fillers.

What Makes Restylane Different From Other Injectable Fillers?

While there are many brands of hyaluronic acid fillers now available, Restylane was the first to be approved by the FDA. The NASHA (Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid) technology used to create Restylane results in an exceptionally smooth gel that integrates seamlessly into the skin.

How Does Restylane Ensure Natural-Looking Results?

Restylane introduced the concept of specifically formulating fillers for different areas of the face. The Restylane family includes products designed for the lips, cheeks, under-eye hollows, and other facial zones. This helps produce very natural-looking outcomes tailored to the unique contours of each part of the face.

Do You Need Allergy Testing Before Using Restylane?

Unlike earlier collagen-based fillers, Restylane does not require allergy testing beforehand. The hyaluronic acid used in Restylane will gradually degrade over time and be harmlessly reabsorbed into the body. This makes Restylane a very attractive alternative to more permanent fillers.

The Science Behind Restylane: Hyaluronic Acid and NASHA Technology

To understand how Restylane works, it helps to understand hyaluronic acid and its role in the body. Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan that occurs naturally in the skin, joints, and eyes. It binds to water and provides volume and elasticity to the skin.

As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin diminishes, allowing the skin to lose volume and firmness. Restylane is formulated to supplement this depleted hyaluronic acid and restore a more youthful appearance.

The NASHA technology is an innovative process that produces stabilized hyaluronic acid, which closely resembles the natural hyaluronic acid present in the body. This process results in safe and effective Restylane fillers that provide a natural-looking cosmetic enhancement.

What Are the Different Types of Restylane Products?

The unique NASHA technology allows each Restylane product to have a specialized density and texture ideal for different areas of the face.

Here is an overview of the main Restylane products available in our practice:

Restylane Silk: For Delicate Lip Shaping and Line Softening

Restylane Silk offers a refined solution for lip enhancement and the softening of vertical lip lines. Its smooth formulation is ideal for precise, subtle improvements, ensuring a natural look.

Restylane Lyft: For Revitalizing Volume for Face and Hands

Restylane Lyft is specifically designed to restore lost volume in the face and hands, effectively reducing the appearance of folds and wrinkles. Its robust formula provides a noticeable yet natural lift.

Restylane: For Versatile Wrinkle Reduction and Lip Augmentation

Restylane is the all-rounder for reducing moderate to severe facial wrinkles and enhancing lip volume. It’s a trusted choice for creating smoother skin and fuller lips with lasting results.

Restylane Refyne: For Flexible and Natural Expression

Restylane Refyne softens nasolabial folds (laugh lines) and marionette lines while maintaining the flexibility needed for natural facial expressions. It’s a next-generation filler that adapts to your dynamic facial movements.

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Restylane Defyne: For Smoothing Deeper Lines with a Natural Feel

Restylane Defyne is tailored to address deeper, more pronounced facial folds and wrinkles, offering a rejuvenated appearance without compromising natural facial movements. Its advanced formula is designed for depth and durability.

What to Expect During a Restylane Procedure with Dr. Smith

Restylane injections are relatively quick, non-invasive procedures performed right in the Dr Smith’s clinic. Here is an overview of what you can expect:

Initial Consultation

Your appointment will start with a one-on-one consultation where we will evaluate your skin’s condition and discuss your aesthetic goals. He’ll guide you in choosing the most appropriate Restylane variant to achieve the desired effect.

Preparing for Comfort

Prior to the injection, Dr. Smith will apply a topical anesthetic cream to the area to minimize discomfort. This step ensures a pain-free experience throughout the procedure.

The Injection Process

Dr. Smith performs the Restylane injections with a fine needle, strategically placing the filler to sculpt and enhance your features. The process is swift, typically taking no more than 45 minutes, but is never rushed.

Immediate Aftercare

Post-injection, it’s normal to experience some temporary redness or swelling. We may advise using ice packs to alleviate these symptoms, which usually subside quickly, allowing you to resume normal activities.

What Are the Benefits of Restylane?

  • Natural-Looking Results: Restylane integrates seamlessly into the skin for results that look soft and natural.
  • Gradual Onset: While some effects are visible immediately, optimal cosmetic results occur gradually over the following 2-4 weeks as the gel integrates with your facial tissues.
  • Long-Lasting: With a single treatment, Restylane effects typically last 6-12 months. Individual results depend on factors like age, skin condition, and treatment areas.
  • Minimal Downtime: There are typically just a few days of redness, swelling, or tenderness following Restylane injections. Most patients can resume normal activities right away.
  • Safe for Repeat Treatments: Restylane can be repeated as needed to maintain results, with little risk of side effects from repeat treatments.

Is Restylane Safe?

Restylane is one of the most thoroughly studied dermal fillers with an excellent safety record.

Still, as with any cosmetic treatment, some potential side effects are possible. These are usually short-lived and easily managed. They include:

  • Redness, swelling, and bruising at injection sites
  • Short-term tenderness or discomfort
  • Rare risk of infection or bleeding at the injection site
  • Lumps or bumps under the skin due to the injected filler

More serious but extremely rare risks include vascular occlusion, vision abnormalities, stroke, blindness, or skin ulceration. Choosing an experienced, qualified injector like Dr. Smith greatly minimizes the risks.

How Does Restylane Compare to Other Anti-Aging Treatments?

Restylane offers a very effective non-surgical treatment for facial wrinkles and volume loss. Here is how it compares to some other popular anti-aging options:


Botox reduces dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, such as frown lines. Unlike Restylane, it does not replace lost volume. The two therapies work differently and can nicely complement each other.

Fat Grafting

Transplanted fat can effectively restore volume. However, the results can be variable and less predictable compared to Restylane. There is also more downtime with fat grafting.

Other HA Cosmetic Fillers

Like Juvederm and Belotero, Restylane has the advantage of being hyaluronic acid based. However, Restylane’s unique NASHA technology gives it superior smoothness and integration into the skin.

Can Restylane Be Personalized to My Unique Needs?

Restylane’s versatility allows for treatments that are as unique as you are. Dr. Smith takes a personalized approach, considering several key factors:

  • Selection of Restylane Products: He carefully selects which Restylane product is best for each specific area of your face, ensuring the most effective treatment.
  • Desired Enhancement Level: Dr. Smith listens to your expectations to gauge the desired level of correction and enhancement, aligning the treatment with your personal aesthetic goals.
  • Facial Balance and Symmetry: Your overall facial balance and symmetry are meticulously assessed to maintain natural proportions while enhancing your features.
  • Facial Dynamics: Understanding how your face naturally moves is crucial. Dr. Smith evaluates your facial expressions to ensure that results not only look natural at rest but also when you are animated.

This tailored approach by Dr. Smith ensures that the outcome of your Restylane treatment not only meets but exceeds your expectations, harmonizing seamlessly with your unique facial features.

How Much Does Restylane Cost? 

While insurance doesn’t cover Restylane, Dr. Smith’s office staff can guide you through financing options to help manage the cost in your treatment. 

The cost depends on factors like:

  • Volume of Product: The number of syringes required for your desired outcome will be determined during a detailed consultation.
  • Type of Restylane Used: Different Restylane products are tailored for specific areas and results, which can affect the overall cost.
  • Provider Expertise: Dr. Smith’s exceptional expertise and location in a prime New York area reflect in the pricing, ensuring you are receiving top-tier service.
  • Market Rates: Being in Manhattan, New York, the clinic’s rates are competitive within one of the most prestigious markets in the world.

Dr. Smith’s team is committed to providing clear, upfront pricing and will assist you in understanding all your options.

FAQs About Restylane

Where is Restylane typically injected?

Restylane is expertly injected into areas prone to wrinkles and volume loss, such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lips, using an ultrafine needle for minimal discomfort. It’s also used to enhance facial contours with Restylane Lyft and smooth fine lines with Restylane Silk for natural-looking results.

How much Restylane is typically used in one session?

The amount of Restylane used is tailored to each patient’s aesthetic goals and the specific treatment area, whether it’s for subtle lip enhancement with Restylane Silk or restoring facial volume. Dr. Smith will determine the right dose for natural-looking smile lines and facial contours.

Can Restylane treatments be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, Restylane injections can complement other procedures like laser therapy for skin rejuvenation or chemical peels for a comprehensive approach to facial aesthetics. This combination can address various skin issues, enhancing the youthful appearance with minimal downtime.

What should I expect during the recovery period after a Restylane injection?

After a Restylane treatment, patients may experience common side effects like temporary redness or mild swelling at the injection sites. However, with minimal downtime and aftercare instructions, most resume their daily activities quickly, enjoying the Restylane’s effects for 6-12 months after their treatment.

What are the key differences between Juvederm and Restylane?

While both Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, they differ in consistency and longevity.

Restylane often provides a firmer texture, ideal for sculpting facial features and correcting deep-set lines, whereas Juvederm offers a smoother consistency, suitable for treating fine lines and enhancing lip volume. 

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Expertise in Every Detail: Why Dr. Darren Smith is the Preferred Choice for Restylane

Unmatched Precision

Choosing Dr. Darren Smith for your Restylane treatment means entrusting your care to a plastic surgeon whose precision is matched by his deep understanding of facial anatomy.

His board certification and targeted fellowships in aesthetic and craniofacial surgery ensure that every injection is administered with the utmost accuracy for optimal results.

Aesthetic Excellence

Dr. Smith’s reputation for delivering aesthetically pleasing results is built on a foundation of meticulous technique. He is known for his ability to tailor treatments to the individual, achieving enhancements that appear both beautiful and inherently natural.

Trust and Safety

Patients value Dr. Smith for his commitment to safety and his detailed approach to cosmetic enhancement. His extensive training and education in the delicate structures of the face provide a level of trust and confidence that is essential when selecting a professional for injectable treatments.

Refined Care, Remarkable Results

Dr. Smith’s clinic at the Ritz Tower in Manhattan, New York, is designed to offer a serene and private environment, ensuring a calm and exclusive experience. His expertise in facial aesthetics is reflected in the subtle and natural-looking results he achieves for his patients.

His meticulous technique and attention to detail mean you can trust the quality and safety of your Restylane treatment.

Bespoke Facial Contouring: Dr. Smith’s Signature Restylane Techniques

Interested in achieving a smoother, more youthful complexion?

Dr. Smith specializes in personalized filler treatments that enhance your natural beauty. With a keen eye for detail and a masterful touch, he ensures results that are both beautiful and subtle.

Contact us to book your consultation and take the first step towards a more youthful, radiant you. Call (212) 633-0627 or book online to secure your appointment.

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