The signs of aging seem to be more evident on the face than any other part of the body. There are a few reasons for this. One, the skin on the face is thinner than in other areas. Two, the face is exposed to sunlight more so than many other parts of the body, and sunlight degrades the collagen that makes the skin firm and thick. Finally, we look at our face daily and so cannot help but notice the subtle changes that occur.
You are probably well aware that you cannot stop aging from affecting your skin and the appearance of your face. Hopefully, you are also aware that there are many ways to address aging skin. One of them is to see a professional for dermal filler injections. In our Ocala practice, we help people correct the signs of aging with Restylane. Here, we answer common questions to introduce what this product can do.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is an FDA-approved cosmetic injectable that is made of hyaluronic acid (HA). This chemical is naturally occurring in the human body so does not pose a risk of an allergic reaction. In the body, hyaluronic acid is involved in maintaining moisture and lubrication for joints and the eyes. It is also what helps the skin stay full and hydrated. Hyaluronic acid reduces wrinkles and enhances areas like the lips and cheeks by replenishing the natural supply of moisture through targeted injections. It’s very simple, really. More importantly, it’s very gratifying.
What Areas Does Restylane Treat?
Restylane is a family of products, all made with hyaluronic acid but all manufactured to have a specific consistency. Some Restylane products are softer and great for fine lines and lip augmentation. Others are more structural, made to contour the cheeks, chin, and jawline. Some of the common areas in which Restylane is used include:
- Creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Frown lines
- Tear troughs (to reduce undereye bags)
- Forehead lines
- Chin and jawline
- Backs of the hands
How Soon Will Results Be Noticeable?
One of the most satisfying aspects of dermal filler treatment is that results are immediate. You may notice some swelling and possibly some redness or bruising in the treatment area (avoid aspirin and alcohol to decrease this risk) but these are temporary side effects that may result in just a few hours. When hyaluronic acid is introduced into the skin, it quickly draws more water molecules into the area, where they become trapped until the product dissolves over time. The results of treatment can last up to several months.