Southwest Michigan Dermatology Portage, MI
Restylane Injectable Filler Questions and Answers
Restylane Injectable Filler Questions and Answers
Restylane is one of many injectable fillers available for anti-aging treatment. Not only does it use hyaluronic acid, but it also stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen for longer lasting results. To learn more about Restylane injectable fillers, call Southwest Michigan Dermatology today or book an appointment online.
Restylane is a cosmetic dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring bodily substance that provides the skin with fullness and volume. It is the world’s most used and studied dermal filler. Restalyne restores contours to the skin by smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds like the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth. The three dimensional hyaluronic acid molecules in Restylane allow them to bind many times their own weight in water and as the hyaluronic acid begins to diminish, each molecule can bind to more water which helps maintain the effects of the treatment for about six months.
What Is Restylane?
Fighting the signs of facial aging is one of the most popular and common non-invasive procedures done by dermatologists in the United States. For this reason, the technology behind the treatments has progressively improved, especially in terms of safety, effectiveness and convenience. Restylane made its mark on the anti-aging world when it became the first hyaluronic acid cosmetic injection filler to be FDA-approved in the United States. It has since become the trade name for a range of fillers designed to meet different anti-aging needs through the use of non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid. Restylane is composed of a hyaluronic acid-based gel that has been specially formulated to mimic the hyaluronic acid that the body produces naturally. This gel is injected under the surface of the skin to help visibly correct wrinkles and folds in the face that have formed due to natural loss of volume. Restylane is one of several anti-aging treatments offered at Southwest Michigan Dermatology, where we have a team of skin specialists ready to help you with all of your anti-aging needs.
How long do Restylane fillers last?
With a full treatment of Restylane, patients can see results that last for up to 18 months when used on the nasolabial folds (the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth) up to 12 months for cheeks and up to 6 months for all other facial wrinkles and folds. A clinical study was performed using Restylane to treat nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines, and in this study, evaluators found that 95% of test subjects reported improvements that lasted for up to 18 months following the initial treatment, plus follow-up treatments at approximately 4, 5 and 9 months after the initial injection. Patients who choose to treat mild signs of aging may experience results that last longer than those who are treating more moderate to severe signs. The length of time that the results last is dependent on how your body metabolizes the ingredients in the injection, and will vary from one person to the next. Normally, patients require only one treatment with Restylane to achieve the results they desire. At Southwest Michigan Dermatology we want you to be happy with your treatment and will provide you with a recommendation for when to come back in to make sure that your results are meeting your expectations. Touch up injections can be performed if needed at that time.
Does Restylane build collagen?
Yes, Restylane does help build collagen using hyaluronic acid, which is a compound the body produces naturally and helps keep the skin layers moist and hydrated. The appearance of healthy skin that has elasticity and volume is a sign your cells are well hydrated. Aging does cause a natural decline in our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, which is a water-retaining compound that holds twice its weight in moisture content, and is very beneficial for the skin. This decline in moisture content in our cells results in a loss of volume, causing our skin to appear older. Restylane is a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid that perfectly matches what is naturally produced in the body. The key point is that this hyaluronic acid also helps stimulate the collagen already present in your skin.
What is Restylane used for?
Restylane adds fullness and volume to patients’ faces in order to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and can also be used in lip enhancement for patients 21 years of age and older. With the technology behind Restylane, this treatment, and the skills of the professionals that administer the injections, can rejuvenate and rehydrate your skin back to its younger looking condition.
Our team of highly-trained expert dermatologists at Southwest Michigan Dermatology are here to help you achieve your goals of younger and healthier looking skin. To book a consultation, call our office today, or visit our website. We serve patients from Portage MI, Milwood MI, Kalamazoo MI, and Vicksburg MI.