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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 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...

Case 201

 Achieve similar results non-surgically! Check out this case: Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Background: This woman had long considered Rhinoplasty surgery. Her nasal tip was full and similar in size and shape to the nose of her father. While she liked his nose on him, she wanted something softer and more feminine. After searching several plastic surgery websites of doctors in San Francisco, she...

Case 377

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient of mine, a young woman from the South Bay in California, wasn't feeling too happy with her profile, or the dark circles that were creeping up beneath her eyes. She came to my San Francisco office for a consultation, specifically asking about the possibilities that Dermal Fillers could provide. The first thing I noticed during our examination was that she had v...

Case 237

Background: This San Francisco woman, in her 30's, had long thought about a chin augmentation procedure. She consulted with Dr. Mabrie to discuss surgical options. During the consultation they also discussed the possibility of a non-surgical procedure. Dr. Mabrie used a saline test to see if she liked the results. She did, so they decided to perform a non-surgical chin augmentation. Dr. Mabrie's ...

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 348

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This particular case is one that I'm very excited to share with you. This patient had been seeking help around San Francisco for non-surgical rejuvenation when he found our practice online. He knew he wanted to look more refreshed to reflect his charismatic personality, but he wasn't sure what kind of treatment would help him accomplish this. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN During...

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 393

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Does this patient look familiar to some of you? Well, She ought to. She's my medical assistant, Nicole! You'll see helping me out around the office with surgeries and filler injections. (She's almost like magicians apprentice.) Since she's a big part of the Mabrie family, I wanted to show off the results of some of the wonderful rejuvenative filler work we've done for her. ...

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 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...

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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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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
166 Geary Street #1502
San Francisco, CA 94108
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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