Cosmetic Surgery Blog: Learn All About Restylane Fillers!

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Restylane is a clear liquid gel dermal filler, administered with a needle under local anesthesia. It is a non-animal-based hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar compound. It contains no lidocaine, so patients can expect some pain and discomfort during injection. It works best on nasolabial folds, forehead wrinkles, smile lines, and to plump up thin lips.  It's a fairly straightforward procedure, and can be completed in under half an hour. Patients can return home shortly afterwards.

When you come in for a Restylane treatment, here is what you can expect. The doctor will select one or more points of injection for each location you wish to fill. Antiseptic is applied.

The doctor will identify the correct amount of Restylane to be used. In some cases, such as lip plumping, slight overfill can get the best effects, whereas when filling facial lines and wrinkles, amounts must be precise.

The filler is injected. Hyaluronic acid in the filler adheres to the skin, while the water in the acid retains volume under the skin's surface. The acid draws in water, which preserves the skin's renewed volume.

Restylane results are fully evident within one week. There is a substantial success rate for people using Restylane to reduce or eliminate deep wrinkles that have not responded to chemical peels or microdermabrasion.

Swelling should be expected, and can be intense for two to three days. There are no restrictions on activities, though staying out of the sun is advised. If your pain is severe or you are experiencing progressive or abnormal symptoms, you should call your doctor immediately.

Restylane treatments last for about a year in most people, and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by about 80 percent. Follow-up treatments may be needed to maintain the effects.

Common side effects of Restylane include nausea, headache, flu-like symptoms, redness and pain at the points of injection. Some patients may experience muscle weakness, which may resolve itself within days or months after the procedure. Possible complications and remedies should be discussed with the doctor during your initial consultation.

There are other treatments your doctor may recommend to complement your Restylane injections, such as chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or laser skin resurfacing.

Pope Plastic Surgery offers a wide variety of beauty enhancements to help you get the look you're after. Call our office today at 407-857-6261 to discuss your cosmetic surgery needs.

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