Restylane® is a series of hyaluronic acid facial fillers that can help mitigate the natural aging process by smoothing facial wrinkles and frown lines, firming facial contours, and adding volume to lips and cheeks. Plastic surgeons in West Palm Beach typically use Restylane® on strategic skin areas such as the patient’s cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and the lines around the mouth.
How Restylane® Works: The Power of Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural compound widely present in different areas of the body, including the neural system, connective tissues, and skin. It helps bind water to collagen, thus preserving skin moisture.
Unfortunately, hyaluronic acid production in the body slows down as we age. Together with the dwindling of collagen and elastin, this results in loss of moisture and volume and ultimately leads to the typical signs of aging: wrinkles, skin sagging, and loss of contour.
Restylane® injections treat wrinkles and sagging by giving the skin a hyaluronic acid boost and restoring moisture, firmness, and volume to strategic areas.
Types of Restylane® Treatment Products
The Restylane® brand includes several products. The formulations are dermal filler injections based on hyaluronic acid, but each product targets a different treatment area. The Restylane® line includes:
- Restylane® Silk: A lip filler perfect for lip augmentation and smoothing out lines around the mouth
- Restylane® Lyft: A formulation designed for adding volume to the cheeks and hands
- Restylane® Refine: A product that targets fine lines (marionette lines and nasolabial folds)
- Restylane® Defyne: A powerful treatment that helps smooth out deep, severe wrinkles and enhances chin projection
- Restylane® Kysse: A dermal filler that focuses on lip enhancement, including volume, texture, and color
- Restylane® Contour: A new product specifically formulated for correcting mid-face contour imperfections and cheek augmentation
The optimal Restylane® treatment depends on the designated treatment areas and patient goals. It’s best to schedule a consultation with an expert plastic surgeon for guidance on the best treatment to achieve your desired results.
Is Restylane® Safe?
Restylane® is FDA-approved for patients over 21. Over the past two decades, patients worldwide—and across West Palm Beach County—have enhanced their facial appearance with over 15 million Restylane® procedures.
This type of dermal filler gel treatment is generally considered very safe when an expert injector performs it. Side effects, usually minor and temporary, include pain, swelling, bruising, topical itching, and headache. The side effects should dissipate within 2-3 days. However, Restylane® isn’t a good fit for some patients, including:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- Immunocompromised patients
- People with bacterial protein allergies
- People who take blood thinners
- People under 21
Benefits of Restylane®
Many patients worldwide choose Restylane® injectable dermal filler products for their multiple advantages, which include:
A natural effect
Restylane® dermal fillers act exactly like the hyaluronic acid the body produces naturally. The line’s unique formula allows it to achieve maximum effectiveness in restoring skin volume, smoothness, and elasticity.
The NASHA technology Restylane® uses results in a diverse, flexible line of products, each one with a different particle size for individually customized treatments.
Finer particles target tiny wrinkles and allow high-definition shaping. Medium-sized particles act on moderate to severe facial wrinkles, folds, and laugh lines, and larger particles work on severe, multiple wrinkles and lines.
Different Restylane® products use patented formulations that give each product unique properties and make it a perfect fit for a specific area: the face, lips, or hands.
How Restylane® Compares to Other Injection Treatments
Many patients wonder how Restylane® performs compared to other injectable treatments like Botox and Juvederm. It is essential to know how each treatment works to understand the difference between these products and their expected outcome.
Restylane® vs. Botox
While Restylane® is an HA-based dermal filler, Botox injections use a botulinum toxin to treat skin wrinkles. Both procedures are effective and usually involve quick recovery and minimal disruption of the patient’s everyday activities.
However, while Botox mainly works on reducing facial wrinkles, Restylane® improves face and lip contouring. Restylane® also usually provides a longer-lasting effect compared to Botox.
Restylane® vs. Juvederm
Both Restylane® and Juvederm are HA-based dermal fillers. Both types of injections give comparable appearance improvement, but Restylane® treatments work particularly well on facial folds and marionette lines near the cheeks and nose.
What to Expect from a Restylane® Procedure
Restylane® is a quick in-office procedure that involves little to no pain. The doctor will usually administer a topical anesthetic to minimize the patient’s discomfort and sanitize the injection sites before starting the injection process.
Depending on the scope of the procedure, the entire Restylane® treatment process takes between a few to 30 minutes. The patient should see an almost immediate effect.
Most patients recover quickly and can resume their normal activities shortly after a Restylane® treatment. Some swelling, bruising, redness, and localized pain are expected during the recovery process and should disappear within a few days.
Patients should call their doctor at once if they experience excessive pain, bleeding, an infection, or an allergic reaction.
How Long Do Restylane® Effects Last?
“When will I need a repeat procedure?” is another common question patients ask before they walk out of the clinic. While individual results may differ, on average, the effect of a Restylane® treatment will last between 6 and 18 months.
How long the procedure’s benefits last may depend on the specific face or body treatment area, the number and volume of injections, and each patient’s metabolism.
Plastic Surgery Near Me: Restylane® Treatment at Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in West Palm Beach, FL
Are you ready for a refreshed, rejuvenated look? Want to learn more about the benefits of our injectable treatments? Schedule a consultation at Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, founded by Dr. Fredric M. Barr, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Barr, a cosmetic and reconstructive surgery leader, has served patients in Palm Beach County for over thirty years. At Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, you can be sure of excellent results, safe procedures, and five-star service. To schedule a free consultation in West Palm Beach, FL, call (561) 833-4122 or fill out our contact form.