Perlane is made by Medicis, which also makes the wrinkle filler Restylane. Both products contain hyaluronic acid.
"The primary difference between Restylane and Perlane is that the hyaluronic acid gel particles in Perlane are larger than those found in Restylane," says Medicis in a May 2 news release announcing the drug's approval.
Medicis says Perlane's larger gel particles can reach the deep layers of the skin, offering "enhanced volume and lifting power."
"Perlane has been used safely by dermatologists and plastic surgeons since 2000 outside the U.S.," says Medicis.
Perlane should only be administered under the supervision of a licensed practitioner, says Medicis.
Perlane's effects last for about six months, according to Medicis, which says it will begin shipping Perlane in the next 30 days.