What is Restylane®?
Restylane® is a brand of dermal filler that is designed to reduce unwanted wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. Restylane® is hyaluronic acid-based, which is a plus because hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in the body, so the body accepts it readily when injected under the skin.
Who is an ideal candidate for Restylane injections?
The question of whether you’re a candidate for a dermal filler, such as Restylane®, or a neuromodulator, such as Botox®, is the kind of wrinkles you want to target. If your wrinkles and lines occur on the upper third of your face, they are likely due to muscle contractions under the skin when you make expressions such as frowning, showing surprise, or squinting. These are known as dynamic wrinkles. Over time, repeated muscle contractions begin to form wrinkles on the skin above them. These are crow’s feet, the 11s between your eyebrows, and forehead lines. Dermal fillers have no effect on dynamic wrinkles.
However, if your wrinkles and creases are on display at all times — things like laugh lines, barcode lines around your lips, parentheses lines, and areas of volume loss such as the cheeks — then the Restylane® is the perfect answer. This type of wrinkle is known as a static wrinkle. Static wrinkles are the result of sun damage, declining collagen production, environmental factors, and personal habits such as smoking. Botox has no effect on static wrinkles; they are the domain of dermal fillers.
So, whether Restylane® is right for you depends on where you want to erase your wrinkles and lines.
What benefits can I get from Restylane®?
What is the benefit of looking younger? What’s the benefit of having more shape on your lips? What’s the benefit of masking those tendons and blood vessels protruding on the backs of your hands?
Restylane® works to return the volume to areas where volume has decreased. This is typically the result of declines in collagen production, sun damage, thinning skin, and other factors of natural aging. When Restylane® is injected beneath, say, your parentheses lines that frame the corners of your mouth, it instantly returns volume and erases the lines. It also plumps and firms the skin. These are all tenets of younger-looking skin.
Plus, Restylane® does this naturally. Its hyaluronic acid isn’t a manmade thing. It occurs naturally in the human body, and also in most mammals.
Is Restylane Safe?
Since its launch in 1996, the efficacy and safety of Restylane® have been studied extensively.
What areas can Restylane® treat?
Restylane® is an effective treatment for facial wrinkles and folds. It can also be used to create fuller lips and keep facial contours in shape. Here are the problems/areas Restylane® can treat:
- Smooth out nasolabial folds, the lines located between the nose and mouth
- Smooth out glabella lines, the lines between the eyebrows
- Give additional volume and shape to the lips
- Improve the shape and contour of the chin and cheeks
- Rejuvenate the face, neck, and back of the hands
How does Restylane differ from other dermal fillers?
Restylane® is very similar to Juvéderm®. Both of these hyaluronic acid fillers debuted on the market about the same time in the U.S. in 2003. Both Restylane® and Juvéderm® are classified as “natural fillers” because hyaluronic acid makes up the majority of their formula and this substance occurs naturally in the human body.
This differs from other fillers categorized as “synthetic fillers.” Sculptra®, Bellafill®, and others are made from manufactured substances. For instance, Sculptra® is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) microparticles that create an inflammatory response under the skin, triggering the body to create new supplies of collagen in response.
Restylane® does not have that kind of effect on the body. When injected, its hyaluronic acid binds with nearby water molecules (just as it does under the skin naturally in the body), and this firms, hydrates, and plumps the skin. Eventually, the body breaks down this association and it simply absorbs the hyaluronic acid.
What to expect during treatment
Restylane® gel is injected in small amounts with a very fine needle directly into the skin that needs treatment. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes, is done in Dr. Croley’s office, and has no recovery time.
When Will I See Results?
Results are visible immediately after the procedure and continue to improve over the next few days.
Is there any after-care required with Restylane?
There isn’t any recovery or special aftercare required after your Restylane® injections at Central Florida Eye Institute. You can get right back to work or your other normal activities.
How many treatments are involved in Restylane injections?
These are single treatments. Dr. Croley injects Restylane® underlines such as your marionette lines or smile lines and the hyaluronic acid binds with water and fills and plumps the area, removing the line.
How long does Restylane last?
Once we inject Restylane®, you can expect the targeted wrinkles, lines, and areas of volume loss to be erased or dramatically decreased in appearance for 9-12 months.
Can Restylane injections be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Restylane is very easy to take, and it can be combined with other treatments. It works well as a complement to Botox® injections, as Botox® only works on dynamic wrinkles on the upper third of the face, while Restylane® only works on static wrinkles predominantly around the mouth.
Are there any side effects of Restylane?
As mentioned above, Restylane® is made primarily with hyaluronic acid. Because hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body to hydrate and firm the skin, allergic reactions are almost unheard of. The common side effects with all dermal fillers are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, tenderness, and itching at the injection sites after your session. Some patients have been known to develop headaches for the first day or two, but this is rare. These side effects are typically mild but may last for up to a week when treating smile and marionette lines.
Occasionally, lumps will form at the injection sites. This is rare, but if it happens, it can be quickly resolved by injection of hyaluronidase. This is an enzyme that instantly degrades the hyaluronic acid, eliminating the lump.
There isn’t any downtime with any Restylane® filler.
Central Florida Eye Institute proudly serves the Ocala, Gainsville, Lady Lake, Leesburg, and Inverness, Florida area with Restylane® treatment. To find out if Restylane® is right for you, call (352) 237-8400 or visit our Contact Us page to request a consultation today!