Perlane is a member of the Restylane product line. It is an injectable cosmetic dermal filler that can add volume and fullness to skin and to correct folds, wrinkles, and fine lines. Perlane is used to decrease lines around the mouth and nose, correct hollows under the eyes, soften acne scars and refine the lips. It is also used as a dermal filler for both chin and lip augmentation and is suitable for both men and women.
Perlane is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid from non-animal sources that is specifically made to add volume in a way that mimics the body’s own hyaluronic acid. This gel is administered via syringe to fill scars, lines and wrinkles and replenish the body’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid that is depleted with age. Because the gel is constructed with gel particles that are much larger than other dermal fillers, the effects of Perlane have a very slow onset and last for a long time – up to a year or more in some patients. Perlane uses small needles that are tolerated well by most individuals, but those with a low threshold for pain can ask their physician or practitioner to apply a topical anesthetic, which is applied 20-30 minutes prior to injection to numb the area. Treatments can be done in the office in as little as 30 minutes and there is no down time.
One of the primary differences between Perlane and Restylane involves the size of the gel particles – they are larger in Perlane and smaller in Restylane. Perlane’s larger particles make it a more effective for treatments requiring deep injection below the skin. Perlane can be a better treatment for people with thicker skin and deeper wrinkles. Perlane is not a permanent product. A single treatment will remain with most patients for an average of a 6-8 months before it is broken down by the body’s natural maintenance system. Perlane is non-toxic and non-allergenic, and patients can have touch ups or full treatments as often as every 4 months, however, most regular patients come once a year to renew their results.