The FDA has recently announced the approval of Restylane Contour for “cheek augmentation and correction of mid-face contour deficiencies in adults over the age of 21.”
While there is no shortage of options for facial fillers on the market, Restylane Contour has a smooth gel consistency that allows it to move with the face and provide an extremely natural effect, making it unique in the field of facial fillers. It’s Galderma’s first and only product in the United States that uses XpresHAn Technology for the cheeks. The XpresHAn Technology’s unique manufacturing process is what creates that smooth gel that allows for more natural and dynamic expression. This technology is already used in Galderma’s Restylane Kysse, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne fillers, used for the lips, frown lines, and lower face/chin area, respectively.
More and more consumers are looking for natural-looking results, whereas in the past it was all about adding volume to the cheeks. Now, consumers are more interested in procedures that just enhance their natural beauty. Galderma also has Restylane Lyft, which is used to treat volume loss in the cheeks. But the main difference between these two products is that Restylane Lyft is designed to lift and hold it’s shape, which doesn’t always allow for fluid facial movements. It’s meant for more moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. Restylane Contour is designed to lift and contour, while retaining that flexibility for more natural facial movements.
Restylane Contour requires less total volume injected to achieve optimal results (this is obviously patient-to-patient dependent). Patients have even seen results last up to a year. The most commonly observed side effects are bruising, redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, and itching at the injection site, as is with most dermal fillers.
Restylane Contour will provide practitioners with another advanced tool in their arsenal for treating patients looking for more natural results. As always, it’s important to discuss with your patient about what they are wanting and expecting, and what products will be best for them.