Want to Plump Up Your Cheeks Without Surgery? FDA Approves Restylane Lyft for Smile Lines and Volume Loss

Restylane Nasolabial Folds
Before and after treatment with Restylane Lyft in the nasolabial folds

Want to wave goodbye to smile lines and sunken cheeks? The FDA recently approved global health-care company Galderma to market their product Restylane Lyft for “cheek augmentation and the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over 21.”

What’s that mean? You have a new option to rejuvenate your face without surgery.

“The cheeks are key for making attractive faces,” says RealSelf facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Mabrie. “Having strong cheekbones makes you look younger and better.” Unfortunately, because our faces lose volume over time, it’s easy to look much older and more tired than we feel. That’s where Restylane Lyft comes in.

Lyft is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that’s naturally found in the body. Injected into the cheeks, Lyft can correct the appearance of tissue and bone loss, as well as the sagging effects of gravity. It can also be used to smooth nasolabial folds (aka smile lines), making it the first and only filler that’s been FDA-approved for use in both areas.

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While Restylane Lyft is relatively new, it’s already proven to be successful for consumers who want a natural-looking lift to their cheeks. In a clinical trial of 200 patients, 95% said they saw an improvement in fullness two months after injection; 73% said they still saw results after a year.

Wondering what you can expect from the treatment? Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • 20-minute procedure
  • Minimal to no pain, thanks to a topical anesthetic applied before injection
  • $650 to $1000 per syringe, with most first-time patients needing two syringes
  • Results that last between 10 to 18 months, or longer with repeated use

As with any cosmetic procedure, Restylane Lyft is not without its risks. Side effects seen in the trial included redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness, and itching. That’s why no matter what treatment you’re seeking, it’s always important to choose a qualified physician with a lot of experience.

For tips on how to choose the right doctor, read “10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Picking a Plastic Surgeon” on the RealSelf blog.

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