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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 389

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young woman from Oakland had been feeling self-conscious of her own lips. When she came into my San Francisco office for a consultation, she asked me if it was possible for her lips to look just like how she always wanted them to. I told her that by using dermal filler injections, we could help her lips look fuller without compromising her facial structure's harmony. After...

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 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 317

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young Bay Area woman had previously received a non-surgical Juvederm treatment to address the circles that were appearing under her eyes, but she wasn't exactly satisfied with the results. After reading some of my patient reviews online and noting my unique approach and focus on non-surgical facial sculpting, she decided to come in for a consultation at my downtown San Fran...

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 401

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Another favorite case of mine! As soon as this soon-to-be Full Face patient stepped into our San Francisco office, I noticed the inherent elegance of her face. I saw opportunities to reverse the effects of aging, accentuating her features and restore her natural allure non-surgically. By taking a holistic approach to her treatment, I was able to for all this and more over time. ...

Case 352

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young lady is a professional writer living in San Francisco. For ten long years, she'd been considering having cosmetic surgery to preserve her signature youthful charm. Like most of those who choose my practice, she didn't want to look too "done" or "plastic". So she took her time looking around, considering her options, and doing some soul searching. Upon checking out so...

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 394

Background: This woman, from Modesto, was now in her 50's and wanted to rejuvenate her looks. She spent time researching cosmetic surgeons and procedures, and decided to consult with Dr. Mabrie after reviewing his website. They discussed options for giving her a younger and more attractive looking face. She had never received Dermafillers before and was concerned about bruising, as she did no...

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 382

Full case description to come!  (Temporary description below:) This stylist in San Francisco came to see Dr. Mabrie for an evaluation and treatment of his face.  He felt he didn't look as, "fresh" as he felt.  In particular he was noticing bags under his eyes, no matter how much sleep he got. Dr. Mabrie: It was a pleasure meeting this man, he was brought in by another patient of m...

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 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 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 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...

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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
166 Geary Street
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San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 445-9513
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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
1700 San Pablo Avenue Suite F
Pinole, CA 94564
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