Restylane® is safe and a natural dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds. Made of a substance called hyaluronic acid (a natural and very important part of skin structure), Restylane®’s job is to replace the natural hyaluronic acid that diminishes with age – or was insufficient to begin with, as is the case with thin lips.
Why is hyaluronic acid important?
Since hyaluronic acid helps to bind water, the ability of the skin to retain water also declines with age. As a result, your skin becomes drier, thinner, and less capable of restoring itself. The loss of skin fullness also means that your skin becomes looser, which leads to wrinkling and an older appearance.
A Youthful Look With Hyaluronic Acid
The lower layer of your skin, the dermis, contains two protein fibers – collagen and elastin. These fibers support many of the active structures found in the dermal layer of your skin – things like hair follicles, oil glands, sweat glands, and blood vessels. You can think of the fibers like the inner walls of a house. When the walls weaken, things start to sag.
When you’re young, your body keeps everything hydrated by floating these proteins and skin structures in an “ocean” of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water so it’s an incredible support molecule that helps keep your skin looking young.
Once there is decreased hydration, which happens to all of us as we get older, all these little components weaken and the skin structures lose flexibility. With time and exposure (to things like sun, smoking, pollution) we lose all three – the collagen, elastin, and that vital hyaluronic acid “ocean”. What we get as a replacement are wrinkles, lines, and skin that has lost much of its bounce-back and firmness.
Recreating Lost Hyaluronic Acid
Recent advances in technology have made it possible to recreate this hyaluronic acid in a lab and stabilize it to make it last longer. It is known as NASHA gel – Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid – and it enables us to instantly ‘add back’ what we’ve lost in a simple and quick office procedure.
Hyaluronic acid is such an important part of hydration that it exists in the same form in almost all species on earth, and has been around since the dinosaurs—and now, with these recent remarkable scientific advances, you can essentially stop in and ‘get a refill’ whenever you need it!
How does Restylane® work?
Restylane® cosmetic dermal filler is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in your body. Hyaluronic acid also creates volume in your face, giving it a healthy, youthful appearance.
When Restylane® is injected directly into areas where the body’s support structures have been weakened, depressions can be raised to the level of surrounding skin. This smooths and minimizes facial lines and most types of scars. In addition, skin texture is improved and has a softer and more even tone.
How is Restylane® injection performed?
Restylane® is injected directly into your skin in tiny amounts by an ultra fine needle or with a tiny flexible cannula, resulting in minimal discomfort. The integration of lidocaine further reduces any potential discomfort. The procedure is simple and quick, and results are practically instantaneous.
A “lip block” may be used before the Restylane® treatment to optimize your comfort during the short procedure if your treatment is in areas such as the lips or around the mouth. Numbing cream is used for other facial areas.
A Restylane® treatment will actually fill the depressions in your skin and smooth out the skin’s surface, resulting in the appearance of a more youthful complexion.
Where can Restylane® be used?
The most commonly treated areas are:
- The area between the eyebrows
- The nasolabial folds
- The area around the mouth
- Lip border definition
- Jowl area
Restylane® Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Restylane® with BOTOX®?
Yes, and in many cases. By preventing extreme muscle movement, the BOTOX® Cosmetic helps the Restylane® last longer. It’s a synergistic effect that seems to prolong the positive effects of both.
How long will the results of a Restylane® treatment last?
Restylane® effects last between six and nine months. With a timed program of injections, you can see effects for up to 18 months.