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Dermal Filler treatment of facial lines and folds Restylane is FDA approved hyaluronic acid fillers for the treatment of facial lines and folds such as nasolabial folds. Restylane was the first HA filler to be approved in the US in 2003.

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What Is Restylane®?

Restylane® falls under a class of cosmetic compounds known as dermal fillers. The primary ingredient of Restylane® is hyaluronic acid (NASHA), which is a naturally occurring organic compound that is found in human skin and other organic sources. In the case of Restylane®, this hyaluronic acid is biodegradable and carefully acquired from non-animal sources. Instead, plant-based sources are used through fermentation techniques, so Restylane® is Vegan friendly.

Restylane® is approved by the Food & Drug Administration and was one of the earliest of the dermal fillers to be administered for cosmetic purposes. This non-animal source of hyaluronic acid is currently only manufactured by one company, Q-Med, based in Sweden.

How Does Restylane® Work?

When we are young, our skin is very durable and flexible. This is down to two basic characteristics. The first is the tightness of the skin, which is what gives it its smooth appearance and texture. The second characteristic is the elasticity of the skin, which is the ability for the skin to stretch and contort as we move, such as speaking, or frowning, while being able to “snap” back into its original tight “neutral” position when we don’t work our muscles.

The aging process, especially after 50, decreases these abilities in our skin. Hyaluronic acid is one of the components in our skin responsible for this elasticity, but the amounts in our body decrease with age. This is how cheeks that used to appear “full” can sink and lose their volume. It is also how the lines that used to appear around our nose and mouth as we laughed smiled or spoke, known as nasolabial lines, become deeper and visible all the time.

Restylane® is a dermal filler that provides more hyaluronic acid so that cheeks, lips, and the muscles around the mouth can rejuvenate and replenish themselves, filling in wrinkles and once again softening the lines that have begun to set in. When Restylane® is introduced into a targeted area, unlike some other treatments, it does not disperse, it remains in and near the site of insertion.

The Treatment

Fortunately, Restylane® is not a surgical procedure, so there is none of the preparation required such as fasting, general anesthetic, or recovery in a hospital. This is an injectable dermal filler, so the treatment occurs in just one visit and requires no additional “downtime” on the part of the patient. While it is an injection, a numbing agent is often available to provide more comfort during the procedure.

Restylane®, once administered, shows immediate results, there may be some light bruising in the injection area. It’s important during the first 24 hours to not undertake any strenuous activity and to keep the face elevated. Avoid any pressure to the face at this time. The body will take a little bit of time to make full use of the influx of hyaluronic acid, so the full results may take 7-10 days to be completely visible.

This is not a permanent solution the way surgical procedures like facelifts are. Depending on the treatment, a Restylane® injection may last an average of about one year, though touch-ups may be recommended at the six-month mark.

If you’d like to get some volume and fullness back in the lower part of your face, losing wrinkles and lines, talk to a medical specialist, and get a consultation to see if Restylane® is right for you.

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