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Interested in Restylane® and Perlane®?

Interest in hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation in San Francisco is growing with each passing week. Restylane® is rapidly establishing a name for itself as the way to correct mid-facial wrinkles and hollows without surgery, and Perlane®, which could be described as its sister product, is gaining in popularity as well.

It's no wonder these alternatives to plastic surgery in San Francisco are gaining such momentum. Just at the time when most of us are finding it more and more acceptable—in fact, desirable—to take aggressive measures to look our best longer, time available for surgery and recovery is shrinking. The demands of family, job, and other obligations leave us scant opportunity for time out.

If you're confused by the array of dermal fillers available today, don't worry. Dr. Mabrie is well acquainted with all the products and he knows which will be best to address your own individual areas of concern. To discover your options, request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 today.

Featured Cases

Case 392

ABOUT OUR PATIENT What's one of the most common complaints that patients come to me with? "I have bags under my eyes. I'm getting older!" Yes, that's true. We all are. It's all right, though: we've now got the power of non-surgical rejuvenation using dermal fillers, that helps us age even more gracefully and preserve our youthful spark. This woman from Hercules came into my office in the San F...

Case 227

Background: This east bay woman consulted with Dr. Mabrie in his San Francisco office about non-surgical Rhinoplasty. In general she was happy with the overall size and character of her nose, but wondered if some small improvements could be made. Her two main concerns: 1. She didn't want her nose to look "done". 2. She was afraid of needles!   Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: “This ca...

Case 300

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This African American man in his 20's had a big problem: he had long felt his nose detracted from the rest of his face. While he appreciated its shape in general, he felt it made him look too childlike. During his search for a surgeon experienced in Ethnic Rhinoplasty, my videos caught his eye, so we met in my downtown San Francisco office, where I consulted with him about non...

Case 198

Background: This young lady was unhappy with her nose. She felt the bridge and tip were too wide. She did some research for non-surgical rhinoplasty and after viewing similar cases by San Francisco facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Mabrie,  made an appointment. Dr. Mabrie's Assesment: This young woman of pacific island decent has requests that are common for patients researching Asian rhinoplasty ...

Case 230

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Developing bags under your eyes is a common sign of aging that can be easily remedied with the use of facial Dermal Fillers. This particular patient of mine, from Northern California, approached me about the bags she started seeing beneath her eyes. She visited my office located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, and we discussed non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic so...

Case 325

ABOUT OUR PATIENT After doing some research about noninvasive cosmetic surgery online, this young man from Brazil stopped by my San Francisco office for a consultation. He had a clear vision of what he wanted to improve-his nose. He wanted to remove a small distracting bump and make the tip appear more upturned. Facial dermal filler treatments are ideal for these kinds of aesthetic defects, so I ...

Case 241

Background: This young woman consulted with Dr. Mabrie about her eyes, which were slowly looking older. She was noticing more wrinkles above and below the eyes and met with Dr. Mabrie to discuss upper lid and lower lid blepharoplasty. Importantly, she wanted to preserve the general shape of her eyes and was concerned that surgery might change how her eyes looked. Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: "Th...

Case 338

ABOUT OUR PATIENT   So many people are unhappy with their nasal tip!  It’s either "too round" or "too droopy". This young lady from the Castro Valley was concerned with the latter. She wasn’t thrilled with her nose’s curvature or the way the tip pointed downward. As intent as she was on finding a fix for her issue, she wasn’t comfortable with surgical procedures...

Case 375

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Doesn't it bug you when you're going about your day, feeling fresh and ready to take on the world, and someone come up to ask you, "What's wrong? You look tired." I know. It bothers me too. And for the longest time, it also bothered this patient (especially since she works at a beauty salon.) That's why she stepped into my San Francisco office for a consultation. After tac...

Case 397

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This San Francisco man had been researching for information about CoolSculpting on RealSelf when he came across my profile. He looked through my site and was impressed by our before and after photo gallery. He wanted to find a way to get rid of the bags that were forming under his eyes. Yet I saw a lot of potential in this patient's face, and that his features would be significa...

Case 314

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient of mine is an African American man in his 20's. He started becoming interested in non-surgical cosmetic procedures after deciding that he wanted a more defined nose and enhanced facial appearance. After seeing some of my YouTube videos online, he came into our San Francisco office for a consultation to find out how using facial dermal fillers could significantly tra...

Case 363

ABOUT OUR PATIENT The bags develop under your eyes are one of the most problematic effects of aging. What's worse, they can start looking saggy and puffy even if you're still young. Our patient for this case, a young woman living in San Francisco, is only in her 20's and was already experiencing under eye problems After Googling options around the Bay Area, she found my practice, which specializ...

Case 387

ABOUT THIS PATIENT This brave woman came to see us after recently surviving breast cancer. She wanted to find a facial treatment that would restore some of the facial volume she lost during her therapy. She didn't want to look tied anymore. Wanting to feel fresh and new, this patient was ready to start the next chapter of her life. Naturally, we were more than happy to help her do so. DR. MABRIE...

Case 221

Background: This woman was primarily concerned with her profile. She felt the curvature was extreme and made the nose seem large. She found Dr. Mabrie online and consulted about non-surgical treatment. Dr. Mabrie’s Assessment: “This was a very satisfying case. We both agreed that her concerns were slightly different from many of the cases previously seen in my photo gallery. This...

Case 210

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient initially visited my San Francisco office interested in finding the right kind of filler treatment for bags under her eyes. I noticed her nose was somewhat misshapen and injured as well. She told me it was the result of a Rhinoplasty she had many years ago. There has been a hump reduction during the Rhinoplasty surgery, which had caused the middle cartilaginous port...

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What Are Restylane and Perlane?

The active ingredient in both these products is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that binds water to cells. Both work on the same principle: lifting and supporting surface skin from beneath by both filling in for lost tissue and increasing hydration. Both fillers are made by the same company, and the main difference between them is that the particles in Perlane are slightly larger.

Restylane is used to fill wrinkles and hollows in the mid and lower face, including around the lips, and can also be used for non-surgical rhinoplasty. Perlane can be used in these areas as well, and it has been widely used for lip augmentation.

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Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation in San Francisco

September 2011

Are the Products Safe?

Yes, the two fillers are safe. Both are FDA-approved, and prior to their approval in the United States they had been used safely in Canada and Europe for many years.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Restylane has minimal side effects; however, some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as bruising, which is seen in about 20% of patients. Additionally, following the injection there may be swelling, which resolves within a day or two. For additional information, read what to expect during and after your treatment.

For a gentler injection procedure, Dr. Mabrie offers the innovative microcannula injection method. These blunt-ended microcannulas cut fewer arteries and veins than needles, resulting in significantly less after-treatment bruising and swelling. The microcannula technique is available upon request.

What are the Differences between Restylane and Collagen?

Unlike collagen (which lasts 3-6 months), the benefits of Perlane and Restylane treatment should be visible for 6-12 months, depending on the location of the treatment and the nature of your skin. For example, highly mobile areas like the lips tend to require at least a touch-up treatment after about 6 months. Areas where there is less movement may only require additional treatment after 12 months. Experience has shown that often, smaller amounts of Perlane and Restylane are needed for maintenance than were needed for the initial correction. Restylane is a smooth, clear gel and "flows" when it is injected and goes in very evenly.

What Is the Difference Between Perlane / Restylane and BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX Cosmetic is used in San Francisco to relax the muscles which cause many facial lines and unwanted facial expressions. Fillers like Perlane and Restylane collagen (Zyplast™ and Zyderm™) and other products fill creases, lips, cheekbones, and also defects like acne scars. Sometimes BOTOX Cosmetic is used in combination with Perlane and Restylane when treating certain areas where permanent deep lines have resulted from overactivity of the muscles, for example some frown lines on the lower forehead or wrinkles around the lips.

Are Restylane and Perlane FDA approved?

The FDA approved Perlane and Restylane for use in the United States in 2003.

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon David C. Mabrie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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The Surgeon

Dr. David Mabrie offers:

  • Double board certification
  • Excellent training & experience
  • Specialization in the face and neck
  • A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
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Phone: (415) 445-9513
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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
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Pinole, CA 94564
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