The dermis is the skin layer responsible for the skin's elasticity and resilience. The dermis functions as the skin's support structure, containing collagen, elastin and biological substances whose main function is to hold moisture in the skin. One of these substances is hyaluronic acid. As we age, the amount of collagen and hyaluronic acid decreases and the elastic elastin fibres become looser and tend to gather in formations, creating wrinkles and folds. However, age is not the only cause of wrinkles. Smoking, sun bathing and pollution damage the structure of your skin, irrespective of age.
A Natural Beauty Lift
Impressions of beauty change with time – as do our faces as we age. With Restylane, you can have a natural beauty lift with the body's own material. Restylane is a crystal-clear, non-animal, biodegradable gel based on a natural substance, called hyaluronic acid. The gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The result is instantaneous and produces a long-lasting, natural enhancement, gentle and safe to your skin.
Looking for non-surgical advancements in facial rejuvenation? Well, look no further. With the recent introduction of a revolutionary filler known as Restylane, patients in the United States now have access to a product that has been used in Europe for several years showing great success in achieving facial rejuvenation with injections. While there are numerous injectable fillers on the market today, many of them have their drawbacks including allergic reactions and relatively short life spans. Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic filler that is immune to these drawbacks given its unique chemical composition. In December 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Restylane for the treatment of facial wrinkles. Additional applications of Restylane include:
• Lip augmentation and/or enhancement
• Reducing the appearance of lines around the mouth
• Modifying nasolabial folds (under the nose) and eye trough deformities
• Facial contouring of the cheeks and mouth
It is important to note that while Restylane has been approved to enhance the appearance and fullness of the lips, the safety and efficacy of this application of Restylane has not been established by the FDA.
What Is Restylane Made Of?
Produced and marketed by a company in Sweden, Restylane is the first, and currently the only, dermal filler approved by the FDA that is made of a biodegradable hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance present in all living organisms. This natural acid provides volume and fullness to an organism's epidermis (i.e., skin). Restylane is produced as a clear gel substance and is injected directly beneath the surface of the skin. Through the introduction of Restylane to the treatment area, the hyaluronic-based gel adds natural volume and lift resulting in smoother wrinkles and less prominent folds. Moreover, and what distinguishes Restylane from other dermal fillers, is the way in which Restylane permeates the dermal tissue and naturally binds to water molecules. Through this action, the modified water molecules assist in achieving and maintaining volume possessing a natural appearance. Over time, Restylane is gradually degraded by the body and dissolves without any residue or trace. Restylane treatments results are immediately visible and typically last about six months. Factors such as the patient's age, skin type, etc., will effect how long Restylane treatments results are sustained. Moreover, most patients require only one Restylane injection to obtain optimal results. Occasionally, additional treatments may be required to achieve the patient’s desired outcome. During the consultation visit with the cosmetic surgeon, the number of required treatments will be addressed.
How Is A Treatment Performed?
During treatment, the crystal-clear Restylane gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The gel produces volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. When enhancing lips or facial contours, Restylane adds volume and shape to the treated area.
Side Effects Of Restylane
As previously indicated, Restylane is safe and effective when treating moderate to severe wrinkles around the nose and mouth. However, as is the case with any cosmetic procedure or treatment, various side effects are possible. While infrequent, potential side effects associated with the use of Restylane include: redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness and moderate pain. In those instances where side effects are present, they typically dissipate within a few days.
Am I a Good Candidate for Restylane?
There are several important factors you must consider in determining whether or not any cosmetic treatment, such as Restylane, is an appropriate procedure for you. During the consultation visit with your cosmetic surgeon, it is recommended that you ask the surgeon if you feel you are a good candidate for Restylane treatments. In determining one's readiness for Restylane, you should:
• Possess realistic expectations as to what Restylane treatments can and cannot do
• Be 18 years of age or older
• Be mature enough to fully understand the procedure
• Be in relatively good physical and psychological health
What Will I Look Like After The Treatment?
Immediately after the treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, tenderness or an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days. After a lip treatment, the lips may become swollen and look somewhat uneven. This can persist for a few days (up to a week). If the discomfort continues, please contact your physician.
How Long Does The Effect Of A Restylane Treatment Last?
The length of time the effect of a Restylane treatment lasts is very individual and depends on many factors, such as the structure of your skin, lifestyle, age, the degree of perfection demanded and the injection technique of the practitioner. Experience indicates that touch-up and follow-up treatments will add to the duration. Most people choose to have a new treatment within a year after the treatment of wrinkles and folds and within 6 months after a lip enhancement.