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 that is responsible for hydrating and plumping the skin. Other fillers such as Radiesse are known as synthetic fillers.
The advantage 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. And 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.
Where is Restylane® Effective?
Restylane specializes is addressing creases and lines surrounding the nose and mouth. Because it has a smooth consistency, it can spread a bit once injected to widen the treatment areas. Any area of the face that has folds, creases, and lines can be addressed with Restylane.
This is where we usually specifically target Restylane:
- Smile lines — These are the lines that run from the nose down to the mouth. Technically, these lines are known as nasolabial folds.
- 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 to the lips. Restylane is formulated to add volume to the lips, while a new sister product, Restylane Silk, adds definition to the lips and can remove vertical age lines on the lips.
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 with Restylane?
The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headaches, tenderness, lump formation, and itching at the injection sites. These are typically mild in severity and usually resolve themselves in seven days with smile and marionette lines, and within 14 days on the lips. 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. This side effect can be reversed 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.
There is no downtime after an injection session with Restylane.
Additional Restylane products
SKIN Medical Spa offers the following Restylane products in addition to traditional Restylane:
Restylane Refyne and defyne
Restylane Refyne and Defyne are a hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that help soften laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). This can help you restore a more natural look to your face while maintaining your facial expressions.
Restylane Lyft is approved by the FDA for cheek augmentation and the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies.
Schedule A Consultation
For more information on Restylane and how it can help you achieve a more rejuvenated appearance, call SKIN Medical Spa at 415.409.6500 to schedule a consultation.
*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.