Years ago, all you could do was hope to grow old gracefully over the years. Today, you can do more than hope – you have options! Many people choose to go through a full facelift to restore their youth, accepting that this procedure is very invasive and entails a long recovery period.
Restylane Treatment Information
If you are not so willing to go under the knife, you can use dermal and wrinkle fillers. These injectables can take years off your appearance, without surgery and its potential complications. One of the most common dermal fillers used is Restylane. Millions of people have used Restylane and have been thrilled with the results.
What is Restylane?
Restylane was originally created for lip injections. When a person wanted to plump up their lips a bit, they went to a doctor and asked for this particular filler. However, the FDA recently approved Restylane for use as a dermal filler as well as a lip filler.
Restylane is made up of hyaluronic acid, a chemical that is found in our skin. One of its main benefits is that you do not need to be tested for allergies before the procedure since it is naturally hypoallergenic.
What Will Restylane Do?
After the injection into the facial folds, the skin’s volume and fullness will be restored. Restalyne will also increase the volume under the skin, filling in all of the small lines and wrinkles, making you look younger and healthier.
How Does Restylane Differ From Collagen?
Collagen is an older treatment for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen and Restylane differ as collagen has a very temporary effect. Collagen is injected just below the skin’s surface, to plump the lips or fill in lines and wrinkles. Because it is injected so close to the surface of the skin, it is absorbed into the tissue quickly. Once the collagen is completely absorbed, the wrinkles will come back, and you will soon need another treatment. Restylane is injected deeper into the folds, and can last between six and 12 months.
Preparing for Your Restylane Treatment
Because Restylane is hypoallergenic, there is no allergy pre-testing required. Most other dermal filler treatments require a pre-treatment visit, where the doctor would inject the filler into test sites on the arms to determine whether or not you would have an allergic reaction. This visit is not necessary when you use Restylane. However, before treatment, you should avoid using any products that can cause bruising or bleeding at the injection site or thin the blood. These products include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Vitamin E supplements
- Blood thinners
Potential Side Effects
The side effects of Restylane are very rare and minimal. They include:
- Slight swelling, bruising, or redness
- Recurrence of recent facial cold sores due to the needle puncture
Follow Up Care
The care required after Restylane treatment is very minimal. There are no activity restrictions or special care of the treatment site necessary. You would only need to schedule a follow up appointment two weeks after the treatment and return every 6 to 12 months to maintain results.
If you are looking for a non-invasive and effective way to take years off your face, Restylane is an excellent option. Call to make a consultation with Dr. Mani at San Diego Cosmetic Laser today, for a smoother tomorrow!
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