What Is Restylane Treatment?
Restylane Treatment is a gel dermal filler that helps lift and smooth the skin to reduce the appearance of signs of aging. The product is formulated with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the human body that attracts water and moisturizes the skin. Along with framework proteins like collagen and elastin, hyaluronic acid levels decrease as the aging process continues, leaving your skin more prone to developing signs of aging.
This product is injected into the skin with a small syringe or cannula. A normal injection process takes between 15-30 minutes to complete and requires zero downtime, making it a convenient treatment option for every schedule. The hyaluronic acid base is considered an effective filler for most patients, including those with other skin-related allergies and sensitivities.
This dermal filler is commonly used as part of a personalized anti-aging treatment plan. It can be easily combined with other skincare products or treatments. Best of all, the results achieved after the injections are instantly visible. When performed by a skilled provider, dermal filler injections can provide a natural, even lift to your areas of concern without the need for surgery.
How Often Can I Get Injections?
Our team works with you to design the best, personalized treatment plan for your unique concerns. However, each patient’s individual results will vary depending on the aging issues addressed. In general, treating the lips and surrounding skin with this dermal filler achieves results that last 4-5 months, while injections in other areas of the face could produce results lasting 6-9 months.
After your treatment, you will be able to enjoy your results until the filler begins to deteriorate and the aging process continues. Once this occurs, you will likely notice some of your original concerns reappear. This is when most patients opt to schedule their first follow-up appointment to maintain their ideal image. Due to the long-lasting results achieved by this treatment, most patients schedule 2-4 injection sessions per year to keep their skin smooth and soft.
Where Can This Filler Be Used?
Restylane Treatment was the first filler created with hyaluronic acid to be approved for use in sub-dermal tissue by the FDA. It has since been used to treat a variety of aging concerns and skin imperfections, including:
- Hollow areas in the cheek or under-eye regions
- Frown lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Smoker’s lines
- Mild to moderate skin laxity
We’re also proud to offer Restylane Treatment, a slightly different formula designed to rejuvenate the lips. Your lips age at the same rate, if not faster, than the rest of your skin. They may also be impacted by sun damage and can lose volume and definition over time. With a dermal filler, we can plump your lips, redefine lip borders, and create a natural, attractive shape instantly.
How Does This Treatment Compare to Other Anti-Aging Options?
In some cases, you may be considering multiple anti-aging options to restore a youthful appearance in your skin. Dermal fillers can often be combined with other treatments to address multiple concerns at once. In addition, they may be able to offer comparable results to more invasive procedures, giving you a non-surgical alternative to traditional anti-aging options.
This classic anti-aging procedure lifts and tightens the skin on the face, jawline, and neck to erase lines and wrinkles and correct skin laxity. It is often recommended for patients with severe signs of aging and can offer results lasting 15-20 years. This makes it the most permanent solution to aging concerns, but it may not be an ideal procedure for every patient.
As a surgery, a facelift comes with a number of inherent risks. It also requires significant preparation and downtime, making it inconvenient for many patients and their schedules. Finally, the cost of surgery can be prohibitive. Injections with this dermal filler can achieve comparable results to a facelift or patients with mild to severe lines and wrinkles and mild to moderate skin laxity with no downtime and a much easier treatment process.
Neurotoxins like Botox help smooth away lines and wrinkles by targeting certain facial muscles with temporary paralysis. The signs of aging treated with neurotoxins are called dynamic wrinkles, which means that they are connected to repeated muscle movement. In contrast, dermal fillers target static wrinkles, which appear largely the same despite facial movement and are caused by the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.
While this dermal filler cannot effectively correct dynamic wrinkles, we can combine neurotoxin and dermal filler treatments to treat both dynamic and static wrinkles. This can result in an overall smoothing effect and may take years off your appearance. Our doctor can examine your areas of concern and recommend a combined treatment plan based on the types of wrinkles you experience during your initial consultation.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re an adult man or woman seeking to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin, you could be a good candidate for treatment with Restylane injections. In general, you should be healthy and exhibit no signs of irritation or infection in the target area. It’s also important to have informed, realistic expectations for your treatment and the results you may experience.
This treatment is not ideal for patients who wish to correct dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by muscle movement and cannot be addressed with a filler. It may also not ideal for patients with severe skin laxity. This concern could be better corrected with a more intensive treatment or procedure recommended to you by our doctor during your initial consultation.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment Process?
Are you unsure what to expect during a dermal filler treatment? While each patient’s experience and results will vary, here is a general idea of what you can anticipate from treatment with our dedicated team of professionals.
The first appointment we schedule with you is an initial consultation. This appointment allows our doctor to discuss your goals for treatment before examining your areas of concern and reviewing your medical history. Based on the results of this evaluation, our doctor will make a professional recommendation for a treatment plan that fits your needs.
Once you are approved for treatment, you will be given instructions to follow as you prepare for your first dermal filler injection session. Following these instructions carefully to prepare your skin for treatment is the best way to guarantee optimal results from treatment.
As you prepare for your first dermal filler injection, your main focus will be protecting your skin from any irritation. This may include avoiding harsh exfoliants and skin resurfacing treatments like chemical peels or laser rejuvenation for at least 2 weeks before your appointment. In addition, we recommend that patients wait to try any new skincare or makeup treatments that may cause an allergic reaction in the target skin.
You should also take steps to prevent sunburn in the target area. The best way to do this is to apply a sunscreen with SPF 30+ each day and to reapply the product every 2 hours when you’re outdoors. Tanning should also be avoided to minimize irritation in the target skin, and we recommend that any patients who self-tan apply their preferred products at least 1 week before treatment.
Finally, you should perform most forms of hair removal at least 1 week before treatment. This may include waxing, plucking, or threading. Shaving can be performed up to 24 hours before treatment.
On the day of your appointment, you should cleanse your skin and avoid applying any makeup or lip products. One of our trained staff members will meet you at our office and can answer any questions you may have about the next steps. Once you’re ready, our staff will sanitize the target skin and inspect it for any signs of irritation. If you prefer, they can also apply a topical numbing agent to ensure your comfort during the injections.
Our staff member will use a syringe or cannula to deliver the dermal filler under the skin. The volumizing nature of the filler means that your skin will be immediately lifted, giving our staff the ability to create symmetrical changes to enhance your skin and natural facial structure. They are also able to precisely target your areas of concern and smooth away lines and wrinkles before your eyes.
After the injection process is complete, our staff member will let you admire your new results in the mirror. You should notice that your skin appears firmer and more youthful. Any signs of aging should be noticeably reduced or even erased. You will be given instructions to follow during your recovery period and can then return to your normal daily activities right after your appointment.
While your skin heals, you should continue protecting it from irritating products, treatments, and harmful sun exposure. It’s important to avoid touching the target area for at least 2 weeks while the filler settles into its final position. During this time, you may notice that the appearance of your results changes slightly. Once 2 weeks have passed, you can return to our office for a touch-up appointment if you wish to boost volume in any areas of concern.
Most patients find that their skin feels completely normal after 2 weeks. The appearance and texture of your skin and lips should be indistinguishable from your natural skin, making it impossible for anyone to know that you had this transformative treatment unless you choose to tell them.
Once your final results are visible, you can expect to show off your new skin for 4-9 months, depending on the areas treated. Because the lips are an active part of the face, results in this area often wear off first, while dermal filler injections in the rest of the skin may last longer. You can schedule your first follow-up treatment 4-6 months after your first injection session to enhance and maintain your ideal image.
Contact Us for All Your Skin Rejuvenation Needs!
If you notice signs of aging in your skin, you don’t need to put your life on hold or try endless products to reclaim your youthful appearance. A dermal filler treatment plan can deliver predictable, sustainable results indefinitely, keeping you looking and feeling your very best. To learn more about Restylane Treatment, contact our team of experts at Anazao MD in Steamboat Springs, CO to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you soon!