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How does Restylane Lyft work?

Restylane Lyft (formerly referred to as Perlane-L), is FDA-approved for facial sculpting and cheek enhancement. It relies on the power of hyaluronic acid, an organic compound found naturally in the human body that is responsible for moisturizing and plumping the skin.

Restylane Lyft also comes with added lidocaine, a topical anesthetic that makes for a painless, comfortable patient experience without requiring additional anesthesia. The Restylane Lyft particles are larger than with other dermal fillers, and the injection targets the deeper layers of skin. The result is a more malleable filler that can achieve subtle, nuanced changes in the appearance.

What can I expect from the procedure?

The Restylane Lyft treatment takes anywhere from 20-40 minutes on average, so it is easy to come into the office over your lunch break and return to work or other activities afterwards. Total treatment time will depend naturally on the number of injections administered during your session.

While Restylane Lyft has a built-in numbing agent, if you require additional pain relief, Dr. Shermak is happy to accommodate you and can provide another topical anesthetic or an ice pack. Most clients find the injections are over before they are aware they’ve received them, and discomfort is virtually non-existent.

Dr. Shermak will target the deeper fat pads in the cheeks to naturally augment the area. With her finely tuned eye for aesthetic harmony and balance, she is able to insert the needles with impeccable precision.

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Who is a good candidate for Restylane Lyft?

Patients must be at least 21 years of age, and in good health, both mentally and physically. Expectations for results should be realistic, with improvement rather than perfection as the goal. Because Restylane Lyft is based on hyaluronic acid, a biocompatible compound, few patients experience adverse reactions.

How soon can I see my results?

With Restylane Lyft, you will see improvement in hollowed cheeks and smile lines right away. The filler takes action immediately. If you do have some minor swelling or redness after your injection, it might take a few hours to see your final results. To avoid undue swelling, it’s best to abstain from taking aspirin, smoking or drinking alcohol before your procedure.

How long will my results last?

While results will vary from client to client, most enjoy long-lasting improvement with Restylane Lyft. Total effectiveness may last up to 18 months for some. For longer term benefits, Dr. Shermak can repeat your treatment at regular intervals. Be sure to attend follow-up sessions with the doctor, during which she can advise you on whether additional Restylane Lyft injections are needed to achieve your ideal look.

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We are officially open, thanks to Governor Hogan!

We welcome new patients and are looking forward to performing elective surgical procedures, starting the week of May 11.

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued risk COVID-19 presents. For this reason, we will be instituting the following protocols:

  • We will have Sandy stationed at our entryway with sterilizer and a COVID-19 survey for our new patients to fill out. Sandy will also check your temperature and collect your paperwork at the door – our medical intake form can be filled out prior to your coming to the office, or you can fill it out after you arrive.
  • Please bring a mask for any in-office visits. If you are coming for surgery, please bring a paper mask if you have one. For any other visits, cloth masks or paper masks are fine.
  • We need any patient waiting to be seen to wait in your car until we can safely accommodate you in an exam room. We need to respect social distancing and are spacing our patients out to assure safety.
  • We can only allow the patient to come in to the office for examination. Friends or family will need to wait outside the office.
  • For those assisting our postoperative patients on the day of surgery: we ask that you kindly wait in your car and we will call you in to discuss postoperative instructions.
  • I am continuing to schedule Virtual Consultations which is exciting and new! Check out my Resources section or header at drshermak.com to get started!

I look forward to seeing you soon!


As of July 1st, the staff members at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will no longer routinely be wearing masks following the state guidelines per Governor Hogan.

All of our staff members are vaccinated.

If any patient would prefer that the medical staff member caring for them wear a mask, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We treat patients with compormised immune systems and we need to be respectful of their needs.

We are asking patients who are not fully vaccinated to please wear masks while in our office so that we may continue to safely accomodate our patients with weakened immune systems.

Thank you!

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