Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: Your Complete Guide to Restylane

When the skin ages and is exposed to harmful pollutants in the environment and ultraviolet rays, the body’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid in the cells declines. Hyaluronic acid is a biological compound consisting of sugar that is found throughout every living organism that preserves water in their bodies. The amalgamation of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin gives volume, structure, and flexibility to the skin and affects the overall appearance. Due to the aging of the skin and the environmental factors, the skin starts to lose volume, which results in the formation of facial folds and wrinkles. Dermal fillers consist of various bonds of hyaluronic acid that are used by doctors to temporarily add lost hyaluronic acid and suppleness to the skin for a natural, smooth look.

RESTYLANE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Restylane is a collection of FDA- approved injectable or dermal fillers made out of non-animal, biodegradable hyaluronic acid. It is used to fix average to harsh wrinkles and folds. Restylane is a clear gel that resembles the body’s natural hyaluronic acid and it helps to smooth out the aging skin. For instance, it works on the smile lines (nasolabial folds), the marionette lines, the lips, and many more areas.

TYPES OF RESTYLANE PRODUCTS

The family of Restylane consists of various products that physicians use depending on your preferences and requirements. Each Restylane product targets specifics areas. For instance, Restylane and Restylane-L are fillers required for a mid-to-deep invasion in the tissue of the face for the alteration of mild to severe folds and wrinkles. It is also used for the plumping of the lips. Meanwhile, Restylane Lyft contains lidocaine and it is used for deep implantation in the facial tissue for the smoothing of wrinkles and folds. It is also used in cheek augmentation and improvement of the face contour.  

Restylane Silk is used for the smoothness of the area around the mouth and lip augmentation. Restylane Refyne is for the mild presence of wrinkles and folds, while Restylane Defyne is for the severely deep folds and wrinkles.

ARE YOU THE RIGHT CANDIDATE FOR RESTYLANE?

If you are looking for a temporary solution for wrinkles and fine lines, and overall loss of volume in the face, then Restylane is perfect for you. Nevertheless, this procedure is not recommended for someone with a bleeding disorder or a connective tissue disorder. Hyaluronic acid in Restylane Silk reacts to hyperpigmentation and scarring. As always, it is a good idea to thoroughly talk to your doctor before going for these treatments, no matter how mild it may be. It is always best to get the approval of your doctor before signing up for something as invasive as this.

PROS AND CONS OF RESTYLANE

Depending on the site of application, Restylane can last up to a year. This also depends on the patient’s activity level and metabolism. Moreover, Restylane shows fast results. Once the bruising and swelling goes down, the final result shows up in a little over two weeks. If desired results are not visible, then it is important to pay your doctor a visit for follow-up observation. Additionally, swelling and bruising are not severe. It depends on the area that is being injected. A little bit of swelling and bruising is expected around the area after using Restylane on the lips. However, it is best to avoid alcohol, omega acids, and certain medications. Icing for the first 48 hours is a better option to reduce swelling.

Nevertheless, every procedure like this comes with little too severe side effects. Common side effects that were observed were swelling, bruising, redness, pain, headache, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. However, with a trained professional, you should not anticipate the extreme side effects. A common side effect is the appearance of bumps around the affected area, which should disappear after a couple of months. Again, it is always advisable to consult your doctor regarding all the side effects, mild and severe, before going ahead with the treatment.

In conclusion, we here at Flawless Laser Center strive to give our clients the best treatments that there is. We are located at Burbank and Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. If you are interested, you can book an appointment or schedule a consultation with us online.

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