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Interested in Restylane® and Restylane® Lyft?

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 Restylane® Lyft, 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) 689-6634 today.

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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 312

ABOUT OUR PATIENT For about a year, this 40-something mother of two had thought about getting a treatment for her nose. She started doing research about her options and came across the reviews and photos for my cosmetic surgery practice. Soon after, I was glad to welcome her to my San Francisco office where I gave her an in-depth consultation. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN For this patient, I per...

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 423

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Ms. L is a hair stylist in San Francisco and a close friend. Wowed by all the before/after results she sees from Dr. Mabrie, she asked him to treat her under eyes. Learning about Illumination 360 Full Face Treatment, she was ready to take her results to the next level. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN Ms. L is an illustrative example of how dark circles can affect anyone (even in t...

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!" This woman from Hercules came into my office in the San Francisco Bay Area to talk about the state of her face with me. Her biggest concerns were the bags under her eyes along with the shadows they were creating. I knew early on that dermal fillers would be...

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 ...

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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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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 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 352

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young lady is a professional writer living in San Francisco. For ten 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". After reading some of my responses on RealSelf, she contacted my office and scheduled a consultation to see how we coul...

Case 413

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This prominent Bay Area Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist was referred to Dr. Mabrie by a friend/colleague. Being in the beauty business it's important for her to look and feel her best. Ms. S felt she was presenting as tired and wanted to refresh her appearance, but most importantly, wanted her treatment to look natural. She consulted with Dr. Mabrie about a Full Face Treatment fo...

Case 403

ABOUT OUR PATIENT One of the most important procedures I perform at my practice is correcting the effects of previous dermal filler treatments that leave patients with less than ideal results. This patient had dermal filler placed too superficially under her eyes by a different injector, which was causing a Tyndall Effect (blueish tint). DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN While examining the effects o...

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 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 387

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This brave woman came to see us after recently surviving breast cancer. She wanted to find a facial treatment that would restore 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. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN This is another patient that we took the Full Fa...

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What Are Restylane and Restylane Lyft?

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 Restylane Lyft 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. Restylane Lyft can be used in these areas as well, and it has been widely used for lip augmentation.

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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.

How Long Does Restylane Last?

The results of Restylane treatments should be visible for 6-15 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, such as under the eyes, may only require additional treatment after 15 months. Experience has shown that often, smaller amounts of 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 Restylane Lyft / 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 Restylane Lyft 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 Restylane Lyft 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 Restylane Lyft FDA approved?

The FDA approved Restylane Lyft 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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