Dermal Fillers and Hyaluronic Acid
The key to Restylane formulas and other soft-tissue fillers is hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is similar to a clear, gel-like substance that occurs naturally in the body.
Hyaluronic acid helps lubricate joints, and it also has benefits for maintaining skin moisture and plumpness. Some research indicates that hyaluronic acid administered below the skin’s surface may actually stimulate the production of collagen, the protein that provides structure and strength to our skin.
With Restylane and other dermal fillers, the hyaluronic acid formula is injected via a small needle to the affected site. Different Restylane products are designed for different problem spots on the face that tend to show early signs of aging.
Restylane was the first hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds (the skin folds that can form on the sides of the nose and stretch to the corners of the mouth, and are also known as “laugh lines”).
Restylane may also be used to treat marionette lines, the lines that extend from the corners of the mouth to the jaw, and to add volume to the lips. Following Restylane injections, fine lines, folds and wrinkles progressively fade and the skin begins to look smoother and fuller.
Restylane Lyft works similarly to Restylane and can also correct nasolabial folds, but it is formulated and FDA-approved for cheek augmentation.
As we grow older, many of us lose skin tone and volume in the cheeks, which accentuates loose skin from the nose to the mouth and gives the appearance of sunken cheeks. Restylane Lyft restores plumpness and definition for a more youthful, healthier look.
Restylane Silk is the first FDA-approved soft-tissue filler for lip enhancement. Silk also helps smooth out the fine wrinkles that tend to develop around the corners of the mouth.
Restylane Silk not only plumps the lips, it allows your plastic surgeon precise control in shaping the volume of the lips. Most patients see visible improvement in lip fullness within two weeks of initial injections, and the improvements to volume and the reduction of fine lines will continue in the following weeks.
Results with Dermal Fillers
Though the effects of dermal fillers are generally immediate and can be long-lasting, they will not be permanent. The duration of noticeable results varies depending on the affected area and other individual factors.
Follow-up treatments will be necessary to maintain results. Often, patients benefit from a couple closely timed Restylane sessions followed by a touch-up treatment six to nine months later.
It’s important to note that dermal fillers like Restylane are not the same as facial injectables including BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport. Those products use a formula that inhibits muscle contractions in order to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.
For more information about dermal fillers and facial injectables, please contact Precision Medical Arts to schedule your personal consultation with one of our accomplished plastic surgeons.