Plump Up Cheeks Without Surgery: FDA Approves Restylane Lyft for Smile Lines and Volume Loss

Restylane Nasolabial Folds

*Treatment results may vary

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 Restylane Lyft for “cheek augmentation and the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over 21.”

What does that mean? You have another option to rejuvenate your face without surgery.

“The cheeks are key for making attractive faces,” says Dr. David Mabrie, a Bay Area facial plastic surgeon. “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. It is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that’s naturally found in the body. Injected into the cheeks, Restylane 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 filler to be FDA-approved for use in both areas.

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While Restylane Lyft is relatively new, it’s already proven to work for people 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 $1,000 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 risks. Side effects 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, highly experienced provider.

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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