Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Getting Gorgeous Lips with Restylane Silk

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Last month I had the pleasure of attending Getting Gorgeous held by two of my favorite people, Vera and Audrey. Both of these ladies exemplify the name of their event and as a lover of beauty and fashion, I had to attend to support my friends and check out all there was to offer. The title sponsor of the event, Restylane® Silk had a wonderful lounge filled with refreshments, mini makeovers and an opportunity to have a Restylane® Silk treatment with Dr. Whitney Bowe. If you aren’t familiar, Restylane® Silk Injectable Gel is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth. It consists of hyaluronic acid, a sugar that is naturally found in the skin that helps provide hydration, fullness, and elasticity. Like any other area of the face, the lips and the surrounding mouth area can become wrinkled.  Restylane® Silk is designed to reduce the appearance of the lines and wrinkles in the lips and surrounding area.

I became intrigued when I heard about the treatment and was quite curious about what it could do for me. I have to admit that I’ve never had a treatment of this type on my face, I happen to have been blessed with exceptional genes and have never considered any type of manipulation. However, I am interested in trying new things and sharing the experience with you so that you can make an educated decision if you are considering the treatment. When I arrived at the Restylane lounge, I met the very personable Dr. Bowe, sat down in her chair and she assessed my lips.

Well........I didn’t get the treatment. As a matter of fact, Dr. Bowe told me that my lips are perfectly bowed and look exactly like lips people desire to have after the treatment.  I did ask her if my blessing was a result of being African American and she said that our skin tends to age slower as a result of the melanin but also a factor to consider is my genes. I know that all of the people in my family are often mistaken to be at least 10 years younger than their true age, so yay me! After my assessment I celebrated my perfect lips with a makeup touchup that highlighted my lips!

Some of my friends had the treatment and looked great. If you are considering having a treatment that will look natural and enhance the appearance of your lips, research Restylane Silk and see if it is right for you. I think the results are great because it looks totally natural. I was told that the treatment did not hurt although most experience swelling, possible bruising and redness for a brief time after the treatment.

 Important Safety Information
Indications: The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane®. Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane are indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane-L are indicated for mid-to-deep dermal implantation. Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine are indicated for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis. Restylane Silk is indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation and dermal implantation for correction of perioral rhytids in patients over the age of 21. Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane and Restylane-L are also indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation in patients over the age of 21.

Products in the Restylane family contain traces of gram-positive bacterial protein and are contraindicated for patients with allergies to such material or in patients with severe allergies that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by patients with bleeding disorders or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Restylane and Restylane-L for lip enhancement and Restylane Silk should not be used by people under 22 years. Restylane-L, Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine. Products should not be injected anywhere except the dermis, superficial subcutis (Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine only), or lip submucosa (Restylane, Restylane-L, and Restylane Silk only).

Use of products in the Restylane family at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. Do not implant into blood vessels. Use with caution in patients recently treated with anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors to avoid bleeding and bruising.

The Restylane family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Perlane are available at Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is available at

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