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.
Like other product families, the Restylane line features unique formulations that are made for specific uses.
Restylane Lyft was approved by the FDA for use in the mid-dermal layer of tissue. This product has been formulated to correct more prominent facial creases and to restore volume to the mid-face area. The way that Restylane Lyft achieves natural-looking, long-lasting results is by inserting larger particle sizes of hyaluronic acid deep into the dermis. The thicker consistency of this gel holds its shape beneath the skin and is therefore excellent for restructuring the contours of the face, including the chin and jawline.
The results achieved with Restylane Lyft typically last six to nine months before the product begins to degrade naturally. Treatment can be repeated as needed to keep the skin and face looking youthful.
Have your lips begun to shrink and flatten out as you’ve aged? Has smoking or pursing your lips over the years caused tiny vertical lines to develop around your mouth? The appearance of the lips inevitably changes over time but can be managed with careful lip enhancement. In some cases, a lip filler like Restylane Silk is used to augment the fullness and volume of naturally thin lips.
Restylane Silk is an outstanding product for filling in the lips and also correcting fine lines around the mouth. This is because Silk has been formulated with small hyaluronic acid particles that serve delicate areas well. In a clinical study including over 200 patients, Restylane Silk demonstrated cosmetic improvements to the lip area beyond the six-month mark after treatment in 76% of participants.
What sets Restylane Refyne apart from other higher-density fillers is its extraordinary flexibility. The last thing you want when correcting smile lines around the nose and mouth is for this highly-movable area of the face to become firm, even if only for a few months. Restylane Refyne is thick but not stiff. This has been made possible with XpresHA Technology, a manufacturing process that assures maximum flexibility for more expressive areas of the face.
Restylane Refyne is used to gently lift and support the tissue around the nose, mouth, and chin. This product can correct mild to moderate laugh lines (nasolabial folds) and marionette lines for up to twelve months.
Also made with XpresHA Technology, Defyne is similar to Restylane Refyne, only with slightly more structure to it. The increased support and lift with Defyne make this product suitable for deeper, more prominent creases around the nose and mouth.Each of the Resylane products used in our facility is made with lidocaine to promote maximum comfort for each patient and treatment area.
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.