What is Restylane?
One of the reasons that skin becomes wrinkled as we age is because we lose subcutaneous 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.
Restylane is not made from animal tissues but is a non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA). It is a very popular filler for wrinkles and has been used in more than 65 for over a decade.
Restylane Treatment Areas
If you have troublesome face wrinkles or folds that make you look older, Restylane treatment in St. Louis with Dr. John B. Holds 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.
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 NSAIDs such as arthritis drugs for five to seven days. If you are concerned about your medication Dr. Holds will discuss these issues during your consultation.
Most patients are given a mild local anesthetic block and a topical anesthetic, because of the sensitive areas around the mouth. Your procedure can last a few minutes up to a half hour depending on the number of injections you need to achieve the results you want. You can go home the same day and continue with your normal activities.
Risks Of Restylane
Restylane is made up of a naturally occurring substance, it is very safe with only very rare reactions. Any risks that you may experience such as swelling, redness, pain, bruising and tenderness in and around the injection sites, typically disappear within a week. There is also the risk of infection, bleeding or an allergic reaction after a Restylane injection. If you have an autoimmune disease, severe known allergy, or a bleeding disorder, you should avoid injections like Restylane.
Recovery from Restylane
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. If you do go outside, wear sunblock and a hat to prevent skin damage.
Additionally, patients are required to avoid facials or treatments where their head is in a cradle or in a prolonged stationary position for one week. You must also avoid strenuous exercises including yoga and pilate for 24-48 hours.
You may see some results from your injections immediately, but you will see the full effects within a week. Generally, patients will come back between 2-3 weeks after the injection to evaluate the results. 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 resulting fullness typically lasts for 4-12 months and wear off gradually. After the second round of injections, the results can last as long as a year and a half.