Age can bring a loss of facial fat and collagen, causing us to look older than we feel. In addition, aging adds lines and wrinkles to the face. Other treatments can firm and improve facial skin and address the appearance of shallow irregularities and dull texture, but only dermal fillers like Restylane® can replace lost volume and restore a fuller, more youthful appearance as well as improve deeper wrinkles and lines.
How Does Restylane® Work?
The Restylane® family of fillers works using hyaluronic acid, a molecule found in young skin that attracts and binds moisture. Hyaluronic acid levels decline in older skin, so hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane® not only add volume but also attract moisture into the skin for additional plumping.
How Long Does Restylane® Last?
Different members of the Restylane® family become absorbed by the body at different rates. More flexible fillers in high-motion areas like the lips tend to fade faster than more dense fillers in other areas. On average, Restylane® fillers can last anywhere from six to eighteen months.
Types of Restylane® Dermal Fillers
Injected into the skin, Restylane® adds natural-looking fullness to the skin. The Restylane® family of products has a filler for any part of the face. These fillers differ in the arrangement of hyaluronic acid molecules, making them thicker and sturdier or thinner and more flexible.
This filler, used for the lips and fine lines around the mouth, uses a micro-fine needle for precise application and a soft, natural appearance.
Designed specifically for the lips, this filler uses XpresHAn technology, a proprietary Restylane® formula that gives the filler a smooth, natural appearance for soft, plump, flexible lips.
This filler restores lost volume in the cheeks, and also effectively restores volume and definition to the jawline.
Restylane® L corrects moderate lines and wrinkles.
Acting like your body’s own hyaluronic acid, this filler works in the deep lines between the nose and mouth (nasolabial creases) and smile lines around the mouth (marionette lines) for longer lasting correction of wrinkles and folds in mobile areas.
Also used for nasolabial folds and marionette lines as well as finer lines on the cheeks and upper lip, this filler enhances flexibility to make sure the area around the mouth maintains all its natural appearing flexibility.
What to Expect After Restylane®
Most people see results immediately after treatment from the effects of the filler but will see added plumping over the next few days as the hyaluronic acid attracts more moisture to the skin, providing fullness and hydration. Mild to moderate bruising and redness are common but resolve quickly, particularly if treated with our V-beam laser in office up to a few days post treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Restylane®?
If you are 21 years of age or older and are not pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be a good candidate for Restylane®. Hyaluronic acid makes for a very safe dermal filler that is even reversible!. Anyone who has ever had an allergic reaction to any dermal fillers or to lidocaine, an injected numbing medication, should consult with their provider since some Restylane® fillers contain lidocaine.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about Restylane®, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Krauss Dermatology. Call us at (781) 416-3500 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.