Manufactured by the same company that produced Restylane, Perlane is another hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that, like BOTOX® Cosmetic, removes wrinkles, frown lines, crow's feet and forehead creases. However, unlike Botox, Perlane can be used for lip augmentation or as a facial filler. But how else do the two injectables differ?
The most obvious difference between Botox and Perlane injections is the fact that Botox is not a dermal filler. Rather than injecting a solution into facial tissues to fill in wrinkles, like Perlane does, Botox works by using a toxin to temporarily paralyze facial muscles. Botox's botulinum toxin type A, a neuromuscular blocking toxin, inhibits the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that triggers muscle movement. Consequently, the relaxed facial muscles create a smoother skin appearance. By contrast, Perlane uses a hyaluronic acid-based gel filler that bonds to tissues and plumps the appearance of aging skin.
Perlane, like Botox, is also reported to be quite safe and low-risk. Since Perlane uses hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring protein, in its solution, the odds of an allergic reaction from treatment are slim to none. Perlane injections are also reported to last a little longer than Restylane and some other dermal fillers due to its higher concentrations of hyaluronic acid. Most patients allege that Perlane results usually last 6-12 months.
As far as the cost of Perlane injections, they usually average more per treatment than Botox injections do. However, some cosmetic providers offer patient financing or payment plans to make treatments more affordable. If you're interested in learning more about Perlane, or would like to find out if Perlane is right for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with an aesthetic professional in your area.