Looking for a non-surgical procedure that will keep you looking your best? Restylane is an injectable facial filler that uses a hyaluronic acid gel genetically engineered to reduce the effects of aging and to reshape certain facial contours. It can effectively add volume to the lips, cheeks and areas around the eyes as well as improve the appearance of deep crevices, fine lines and acne scars. Good candidates include men and women looking for a dermal filler that is considerably more durable than collagen or fat injections.
When your face loses its youthful appearance and becomes etched with fine lines, creases and folds, it can leave you looking older than you are. Since Restylane is a natural component of the skin, it has distinct advantages over most traditional fillers in keeping facial skin plump and supple. Treatments are quick, easy and produce immediate results that are noticeable but don't leave you looking like you just had a cosmetic surgery.
How Involved Is a Restylane Treatment?
The facial areas being treated are first anesthetized to minimize any discomfort from the injections. Your medical provider will use a fine needle to inject the hyaluronic acid gel into the skin. As the Restylane hydrates the skin tissues, depressions are reduced beneath the skin's surface. The entire procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes based on the specific areas being targeted for rejuvenation. After your injections, you may experience some swelling, bruising or redness. Most patients return to their normal daily routine immediately but you should wait at least 24 hours before engaging in strenuous activities.
What Are the Risks Associated with Using Restylane?
Restylane is a very safe dermal filler with few known risks. It is a biodegradable hyaluronic gel that is not manufactured from animal or human tissue, so there is little risk of transmitting disease. The substance is naturally produced by your body to cushion and lubricate your joints, eyes and other soft tissues. The Federal Drug Administration supports the use of Restylane in adults as a soft tissue filler for a temporary solution to get rid of wrinkles and facial folds, enhance thin lips, augment the cheeks, chin and nose, treat puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, and mask acne scars or add volume to aging hands.
Will I Need Additional Treatments or Procedures?
Yes, and it depends upon your goals. After four to six months, the hyaluronic acid gel is broken down and naturally absorbed by the body. So periodically, repeat injections will be needed to maintain your enhanced appearance. Immediately following Restylane injections, the results should continue to improve for a couple of weeks, depending upon the area of the face, hands or neck being treated. Typically, Restylane injections may be used in support of other cosmetic procedures but the medical provider will explain your options during your consultation.
What Is the Difference in Juvederm and Restylane?
Juvederm and Restylane have a similar composition of hyaluronic acid gels that produce very similar results. Generally speaking, Juvederm produces slightly smoother and more pliable results making it a natural choice for correcting bags under a patient's eyes or most lip augmentation procedures. However, the difference in results are marginal and the decision as to which filler is used will depend largely on your medical provider's preference in meeting your personal goals. To properly treat sun-damaged skin or age-related problems, your medical provider will evaluate each problem individually and recommend the most suitable dermal filler.