What is Restylane® and am I a good candidate?
Restylane® is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to instantly, visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds or add fullness. Anyone who desires more fullness in their lips or softening of the nasolabial folds is a perfect candidate. Products should not be used during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
What are the benefits of Restylane ® and how does it work?
Restylane® can take years off of a person’s appearance by bringing back the fullness that is synonymous with youth. Restylane® works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid, and eventually breaks down naturally.
How many treatments will I need?
Injections are recommended every 6 to 10 months.
What type of results will I see?
If the lips are injected, they will appear fuller and lines will be smoother. If the nasolabial folds or “smile lines” are injected, they will be much softer giving the face a fuller, more youthful appearance.
Is there any downtime associated with this procedure?
The procedure is very quick and easy. Prior to filler injections, a numbing cream is applied to the site. Some patients may experience mild swelling or bruising at the injection site that lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Cold compresses can be applied post treatment to reduce any potential side-effects. Camouflage makeup may also be used and most patients can return immediately to work and resume normal activities. We recommend that patients avoid aspirin, vitamin E supplements and alcohol for 3 days prior to any injectable procedure to minimize the risk of bruising. The doctor will discuss your medical history at your office visit to rule out any contraindications to this product.
What other treatments/procedures can Restylane® be combined with?
Filler helps with restoring volume to areas, but sometimes additional treatment like Botox® or Dysport® may be needed to help soften some excess muscle contractions which result in the formation of lines. Treatments to help the epidermis and general skin health are Dermasweep, chemical peels, laser resurfacing and a customized topical regimen. The combination of these therapies can be very satisfying to effectively treat signs of aging from various angles.
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