When we are young our collagen gives our skin its volume, flexibility and strength. As we age, collagen breaks down and diminishes elasticity and facial volume, resulting in deep lines and wrinkles, which are only deepened by the effects of gravity, time, wind and weather.
Restylane is a natural cosmetic filler consisting of hyaluronic acid which adheres to the skin as the water contained in the acid helps to retain volume under the skin’s surface. The acid acts as a magnet for water, which helps to preserve the renewed volume of the skin.
Restylane is injected under wrinkles and age lines of the face such as the nasolabial folds, “crow’s feet” at the corners of the eyes, forehead wrinkles, and lines around the mouth. It may also be used for filling age-related hollows and “orbital troughs” (around the eyes). It can also be used for lip augmentation.
During a patient’s complimentary first visit, a full medical history will be taken. Physical examination will focus on age, genetics, skin type and elasticity. It is important to discuss any pre-existing conditions, allergies, medications, and past surgeries.
The area injected is usually numbed first either by the application of ice or with a local anesthetic. Restylane is injected with an ultra-fine needle and most patients experience minimal discomfort. The procedure is fast, minimally painful, and has a short recovery time.
Prior to the Injection
For at least two weeks prior, patients are required to refrain from smoking, alcohol and aspirin products. Smoking interferes with circulation and healing, and products containing aspirin or ibuprofen thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.
After the Injection
Results are fully evident within a week and should last for about 6 months. There may be swelling which can last 2 to 3 days.
Possible Side Effects
Restylane injections are safe and quick. However, as with all cosmetic procedures there are side effects and risks. The most common side-effects include discomfort or pain at the injection site (which usually subsides within 24 to 36 hours), bruising, and infection. Patients are advised to stay out of the sun. A rare complication may be the appearance of nodules which would require steroid treatment.
Restylane softens wrinkles and restores volume and fullness to the face and lips.