What is Restylane?

Restylane St. Louis - Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery

One of the reasons that skin becomes wrinkled as we age is because we lose subcutaneous (beneath the skin) tissue, including collagen, fat, and hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring “filler” in the skin. Restylane is a formulation of hyaluronic acid that restores the volume of the skin. It is a gel filler similar to Juvéderm that smoothes and corrects even severe facial wrinkles.

If you have troublesome face wrinkles or folds that make you look older, Restylane treatment in St. Louis may be a great option for you. Restylane treatment can correct:

  • The lines that sometimes create folds from the nose to the mouth.
  • Lines at the corners of the mouth.
  • Lines from the corners of the mouth to the jaw.
  • “Lipstick lines” just above the upper lip.
  • The grooves that increasingly define the eyelid and eye socket with age.

Restylane is not made from animal tissues but is a non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA). It is a very popular filler for wrinkles that has been used for more than a decade in 65 countries. Because Restylane is made up of a substance that our bodies naturally produce, it is very safe with only very rare reactions.

Restylane® Treatment

Your Restylane injections are done in the doctor’s office or adjacent medical spa area on an outpatient basis. Before your procedure, it’s important to avoid blood thinners, including aspirin and non-steroidal medications such as arthritis drugs for 5-7 days. Ask Dr. Holds’ office if this is an issue for you.

Most patients are given a mild local anesthetic block, as well as a topical anesthetic, because the areas around the mouth are sensitive. Depending on the number of injections you need to achieve the results you want, your procedure will last a few minutes up to a half hour. You can go home the same day and continue with your normal activities.

You may see some results from your injections immediately, but you will see the full effects within a week. You must avoid facials or treatments where your head is in a cradle or in a prolonged dependent position for one week. You must also avoid yoga, pilates, and other strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours.

Generally, evaluation of the treatment is between 2-3 weeks after the injection. Some patients require more volume, and it’s always best to come in for a follow-up to see if additional volume is needed.

The new fullness will last for 4-12 months, wearing off gradually. After a second procedure, the results can last as long as a year and a half. Some people opt to get other procedures at the same time as their Restylane treatment, such as Botox injections in other areas of the face. Restylane treatment can also be a great addition to the improvement achieved with a Brow Lift, Facial Fat Transfer, or Blepharoplasty.

Recovery from Restylane®

Most patients experience some mild swelling, bruising, soreness, and redness after Restylane injections, but these symptoms will be gone within a few days to a week. The injections will make your skin sensitive to the sun, so it’s important to stay indoors as much as possible for the first week. When outside, wear sun block and a hat.

If you have an autoimmune disease, severe known allergy (very rare), or a bleeding disorder, you should avoid injections like Restylane. Before scheduling your procedure, talk with Dr. Holds about any medical conditions and concerns that you have. For most people, Restylane is a fantastic and safe way to look younger.

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Call Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. in St. Louis today at 314-567-3567 for a consultation to find out if Restylane may be right for you.
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