A Complete Guide to Restylane Injections
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid injectable gel. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration. With age, our collagen production diminishes and along with it the hyaluronic acid of the skin. Restylane delivers hyaluronic acid to your skin, adding volume and helping to smooth wrinkles and folds.
It is most commonly used for smile lines (also known as nasolabial folds), marionette lines (peri-oral lines), and lip augmentation. The procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes with minimal downtown or recovery and lasts 6 to 12 months.
A topical anesthetic may be used to reduce pain associated with this treatment. Patients are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time to apply the numbing cream. A mild anesthetic may also be combines with the product to immediately reduce discomfort during the treatment. The discomfort after the procedure is minimal, and Tylenol may be taken for any post-procedural discomfort.
In addition to discomfort, patients may experience minor swelling from the treatment. On average this resolves within 24 hours. However, it may last as long as 72 hours.
We recommend applying ice intermittently after the treatment to reduce swelling. Patients may resume normal activities after receiving treatment, and may apply makeup to conceal any bruising or redness.
Most temporary dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid which is a naturally-occurring chemical predominantly found in skin and connective tissues. Hyaluronic acid is highly effective as a dermal filler because of its ability to transport nutrients to skin.
Additionally, this substance is hydrophilic and plumps facial areas by pulling water to the skin’s surface. Hyaluronic acid is absorbed by the body within six-to-12 months.
Types of Restylane Dermal Fillers
Galderma produces the Restylane line of hyaluronic acid fillers. Restylane products have an innovative NASHA technology which uses different sized particles for precise facial correction.
Additionally, each of these fillers has undergone rigorous testing to determine the safest and most effective depth of injection.
Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne are FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane and Restylane Silk are cleared for augmentation of the lips.
Smoothing of fine lines around the mouth can be accomplished using Restylane Silk. Restylane Lyft can improve the appearance of hallow or sagging cheeks.
Newest Addition to the Restylane Family
Restylane Refyne and Defyne are the newest hyaluronic acid fillers that use an innovative XpresHAn technology. These unique products provide lifting and plumping, while also maintaining facial flexibility and expression.
Restylane Refyne is used to correct mild to moderate smile and laugh lines, while Restylane Defyne is best for deeper furrows and facial lines.
For more information on Restylane or any other brand of dermal fillers in New York, contact GlamDerm today to schedule an appointment.