The areas around your nose and mouth can really show your age. Every year as your body produces less collagen and elastin, these lines become more and more prominent. At SKIN Medical Spa, Restylane is one of our favorite dermal fillers to visibly correct these lines.
What is Restylane®?
Restylane is designated a “naturally derived” filler. This is because Restylane is mainly compromised of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for hydrating, plumping, and smoothing the skin to make wrinkles less noticeable. Other fillers such as Radiesse are known as synthetic fillers.
Restylane Treatment Areas
Restylane specializes is addressing creases and lines surrounding the nose and mouth. Since Restylane has a smooth consistency, it can spread a bit once injected to widen the treatment areas. Restylane can address any area of the face that has folds, creases, and has lines which specifically includes:
- Nasolabial folds: These are the lines that run from the nose down to the mouth.
- Marionette lines: These lines, named for the mouth movements in marionettes, run from the corners of your mouth down toward the chin.
- Lips: Restylane can also enhance and add plumpness and volume to the lips.
- Glabellar lines: the short vertical lines between the eyebrows that run up towards the middle of the forehead.
Benefits of Restylane Injections
One benefit of Restylane is that it is formulated to act like your body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, simply taking over where your body is lacking. You may wonder why this is necessary. As we age, our bodies produce one percentage point less collagen each year after our 20th birthday. Since collagen provides the skin’s underlying support structure, this decrease leads to sagging skin and the formation of lines and wrinkles. By binding with water molecules at the injection sites, Restylane firms and plumps the skin, pushing up lines and creases, making them far less noticeable and taking years off your face.
Additionally, Restylane contains no animal products. Therefore, patients do not need any allergy testing prior to injections, which can sometimes take weeks to complete. Restylane injections can be done in office, by Dr. Colvin, in less than half an hour and almost no downtime is necessary.
How long does Restylane last?
As with all naturally occurring fillers, the body eventually absorbs the hyaluronic acid. At that point, to maintain your results, you’ll need a follow-up treatment. This timeframe varies between patients, but Restylane usually lasts from nine months to one year.
Are There Side Effects from Restylane?
The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headaches, tenderness, and itching at the injection sites. These are typically mild in severity and usually resolve themselves in seven to fourteen days. If you’re allergic to lidocaine you cannot use Restylane, as it has some lidocaine in the product to keep the patient comfortable. Occasionally, lumps or granulomas can form near the injection sites. Dr. Colvin can easily reverse this side effect with an injection of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that speeds up the natural degradation of the hyaluronic acid in the filler.
As with all fillers, the expertise of your injector is important to achieve the best results and avoid side effects. Dr. Colvin has received special training in the use of various fillers, including Restylane. In fact, he is a national trainer for two companies that produce dermal fillers.
Additional Restylane products
SKIN Medical Spa offers additional products from the Restylane line of fillers. This includes Restylane Refyne and Defyne which are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that help soften nasolabial folds and marionette lines. These fillers can help you restore a more natural look to your face while maintaining your facial expressions. In addition, we offer Restylane Lyft which is FDA approved for cheek augmentation and the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies. We also offer a new sister product, Restylane Silk. This filler adds definition to the lips and can remove vertical age lines on the lips.
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*Note that each individual is unique, during your consultation at SKIN Medical Spa we will help you determine the best procedure to obtain your desired results.