Restylane is an hyaluronic acid-based injectable gel that smoothes your facial wrinkles and creases by adding volume. It is recommended for treating nasolabial folds and other wrinkles around the mouth. It is also used to augment the size of the lips, enhance the appearance of cheekbones and give more mass to the chin, and fill hollows below the eyes. It is an excellent complement to Botox Cosmetic injections.
Orlando, Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Hartog has developed a sophisticated procedure for facial rejuvenation that often combines multiple fillers, treatments, and surgical procedures to give you a youthful look. To learn what combination of procedure might work best for you, please schedule a facial rejuvenation with Dr. Hartog.
The basic material of Restylane is the same as Juvéderm, hyaluronic acid. It is present naturally in your body in the skin, joints, and the intraocular and spinal fluids. Unfortunately, naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid diminishes with age, which contributes to skin dryness and the loss of a youthful "glow" as we age.
Because it is a natural compound, Restylane is absorbed by the body, but as it is absorbed, the remaining material binds water molecules, allowing Restylane to maintain its volume for about 4-6 months or longer, depending on the injection site. In the nasolabial folds, durations are shorter because movement of the muscles speeds its dissociation, whereas in the lips it can last for up to a year.
Restylane is not animal-based, so you will not need an allergy test prior to your treatment.
The Restylane Procedure
As with other injectable fillers, Restylane injections take 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated and the amount of filler necessary.
- First, numbing cream is applied to the area
- Restylane is injected under the skin
- The treated area may be gently massaged
You may experience some minor swelling, discomfort, and redness after injection. This should subside within one to three days after your treatment. For at least 24 hours after treatment, you should try to avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure and excessive heat. Rarely, some people experience allergic reactions to Restylane, so you should watch for signs of a rash or excessive swelling that expands beyond the treated area.
Restylane vs. Juvéderm
Restylane and Juvéderm are very similar fillers, but they do have some important differences that may make one or the other better for specific applications. Juvéderm is a smooth gel, which makes it ideal for injection near the surface in thin-skinned individuals because there is no risk that it will create an uneven skin texture. It also causes less discomfort and swelling after injection. The tradeoff is that Restylane may last longer in some treatment areas.
Dr. Hartog will look at your skin and discuss your cosmetic goals to help you determine which injectable filler might be right for you. Please schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation today at The Bougainvillea Clinique to learn more.
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