What Are the Top 6 Qualities of Restylane?
Over the years, dermal fillers have become a viable treatment option for patients experiencing a range of aging concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, folds, and skin laxity. Restylane is among the most durable and long-lasting products available today and can be used to rejuvenate the skin and lips for a fresher, more youthful appearance.
This filler is created with hyaluronic acid, which is found in your skin and acts as a powerful moisturizing factor for a healthy glow. Using a filler with hyaluronic acid helps both lift and plump the target skin, making this type of treatment ideal for patients who want to see their skin totally transformed without invasive measures.
1. Versatile Treatment for More Than Just Deep Facial Lines and Folds
Restylane was designed to significantly diminish signs of aging and is approved for treating various related concerns by the FDA. It accomplishes this by gently filling and lifting the skin, creating a tighter, smoother surface and reversing some signs of the aging process. Some of the most commonly treated concerns include frown lines and nasolabial folds, both of which may be challenging to erase with topical anti-aging products.
We can also successfully erase fine lines on the forehead, around the mouth, and at the corners of the eyes with small amounts of filler. Targeted injections around the cheeks, midface, and under-eye areas can help fill sunken regions that may have lost volume due to aging. We can even use this filler to reverse mild to moderate skin laxity, immediately eliminating loose and sagging skin around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, and jawline.
Finally, some patients may benefit from a treatment session targeting their lips. Dermal fillers can help restore the original shape and volume of your lips and may enhance your appearance by plumping and accentuating this feature. The filler formula has a skin-like texture once injected, helping it blend effortlessly into the rest of your skin and lips.
2. Instant Results
Unlike other anti-aging treatments, a dermal filler like Restylane can deliver immediate results as soon as your injection session is complete. This means that you can spend less time waiting for skin imperfections to disappear and more time enjoying your new look! During your appointment, one of our talented staff members will consistent volume with each injection to flatter your features and appearance while eliminating your aging concerns.
During the 2-week recovery period, which requires zero downtime, the filler product settles into your skin. This may cause a slight decrease in volume, which can be corrected with a quick touch-up appointment. However, most patients report feeling like they have achieved their ideal image and addressed their aging concerns as soon as they look in the mirror after their very first dermal filler appointment.
3. Easy, Infrequent Treatments
While each patient’s experience is different, results from this treatment last between 4-6 months for lip enhancement and 6-10 months for general skin rejuvenation. Regardless of the areas you choose to treat, the treatment process and recovery time is almost exactly the same. Your treatment could last between 15-45 minutes and requires zero downtime for a hassle-free, schedule-friendly experience.
Once your skin has healed, you can look forward to enjoying your refreshed appearance for 4-10 months. Over time, the injected filler will safely dissolve and you may notice some of your concerns begin to resurface. If desired, you can schedule your first follow-up treatment 6-8 months after your initial Restylane injection.
4. Non-Invasive Anti-Aging Results
In the past, aging concerns could only be effectively minimized with an invasive procedure like the facelift. This popular surgery can correct mild to severe lines, wrinkles, and loose skin by tightening your skin to erase imperfections. It is most often pursued by adults in their 40s-50s and offers results lasting up to 20 years in some cases.
While the facelift is a viable treatment option, it is not right for every patient. Some patients cannot pursue surgery due to health concerns, financial constraints, or a busy schedule. Others don’t want to take the risks associated with major surgery. A dermal filler can offer some patients results comparable to a facelift without the cost, downtime, and risks connected to this procedure.
5. Endless Combination Options
Not all signs of aging can be targeted with one treatment, but dermal fillers can be easily combined with other restorative treatments to create your ideal image. Some surface-level treatments, such as chemical peels, microneedling, and facials, can be performed before or after a dermal filler injection. These treatments can help promote collagen production and provide the skin with enhanced lift and firmness.
In addition, you may be able to combine this treatment with Botox or a similar neuromodulator. These injectables specifically target dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repetitive muscle movement and may grow deeper over time. Dynamic wrinkles cannot be treated with a dermal filler, which helps erase static wrinkles connected to a lack of collagen framework in the skin. When combined, these treatments can provide a complete transformation.
6. Safe and Effective for Most Patients
You may be wondering who is an ideal candidate for treatment with a dermal filler. The good news is that almost every adult candidate could benefit from this treatment. Its natural ingredients make it safe and effective for most patients, skin types, and sensitivities. A good candidate is healthy and has realistic expectations about this treatment and its possible results.
Treatment with Restylane is not intended to correct dynamic wrinkles or severe skin laxity. If you experience these concerns, our doctor can recommend an alternative or combination treatment to achieve your cosmetic goals. If you’re still unsure whether Restylane is right for you, our doctor will help you evaluate your areas of concern during your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
To start your journey to rejuvenated, younger-looking skin, you’ll first meet with our experienced doctor for an initial consultation. This appointment will include a basic review of your medical history, including any skin conditions or previous anti-aging treatments and procedures. Our doctor will also examine your skin and areas of concern and ask you about your desired results from this treatment.
If you’re approved for treatment, our doctor will recommend a personalized injection schedule that can be adjusted to achieve and maintain your ideal results. They will also provide you with instructions to help you prepare for your first appointment.
While preparing for your appointment, you should continue to care for your skin as normal. However, you should avoid any exfoliating or resurfacing skincare treatments that could cause irritation or inflammation. This may include exfoliants, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and some hair removal methods in the target area. We recommend avoiding these products and treatments for at least 2 weeks before and after your appointment.
You may be instructed to stop taking blood-thinning medications and painkillers, including ibuprofen and aspirin, before your treatment. This could reduce your risk of bruising or excessive bleeding after the injections or during the healing process. For the same reason, you should stop drinking alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours before your first appointment.
Finally, you should practice good sun protection habits by applying sunscreen daily and avoiding sunburn and tanning. One of our staff members will carefully screen your skin for signs of infection or irritation before beginning treatment.
Before you arrive for your appointment, you should wash your face with a gentle cleanser and remove any makeup or skincare products. Our staff member will sanitize the target area and apply a topical numbing agent to help keep you comfortable during treatment. Once your skin is numb, they will use a hollow syringe to inject the filler under the skin and slowly build volume.
During this process, our staff member will be able to monitor the progress of each injection and ensure a symmetrical, natural-looking lift in your areas of concern. A normal injection process takes less than an hour, and you’ll be able to examine your results as soon as this treatment step is complete. While your results may shift slightly once the filler settles, the overall appearance of your results will remain the same.
Your skin should look have a new, vibrant glow after treatment. Any lines or wrinkles in the target skin should be diminished or erased, and loose skin should appear filled and firmer. Our staff member will give you instructions for recovery before your appointment is complete and you can return to your normal activities with zero downtime.
For the first 2 weeks after treatment, you should avoid touching, rubbing, or pressing on the injection sites. This could disturb the filler before it has the chance to settle into your skin and may impact the appearance of your final results. After 2 weeks, you can touch your face normally. The filler will be in its final position, and you can schedule a touch-up injection appointment to re-fill any areas that may have lost a small amount of volume.
Once the filler has settled, your skin should be completely healed. You should continue to protect your skin from harmful sun exposure to avoid the accelerated deterioration of the filler and other skin concerns caused by UV and UVB rays. You should also consult with our doctor before scheduling any resurfacing skin treatments.
Your final results should last between 4-10 months, depending on the concerns treated and how carefully you follow our doctor’s instructions for aftercare. Once your results begin to fade, you can contact our office to schedule your first follow-up treatment. If you choose to continue with your recommended treatment plan, you could maintain your ideal image for as long as desired with regular dermal filler injections.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Don’t let signs of aging keep you from feeling confident in your own skin. With Restylane, you can achieve natural-looking, long-lasting results with appointments that fit into your schedule and lifestyle. To learn more about this treatment option, contact our team of experts at Advanced Skin & Facial Rejuvenation, to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you reach your cosmetic goals!