As we age, our skin begins to lose its natural elasticity and ability to retain moisture. Most noticeable in the facial area, effects may include dryness, loose skin, and wrinkles. This is due, in part, to the body’s reduced ability to produce hyaluronic acid.
One of the hallmarks of youthful-looking skin is moisture, and hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to hold one thousand times its weight in water. This substance exists below the skin’s surface, acting as a support structure that keeps it looking smooth. As we age, the body naturally produces less hyaluronic acid, resulting in skin that is thin and can begin to sag. Luckily, there is an in-office cosmetic treatment that provides a simple option for bringing back a healthy, youthful look: Restylane.
What Is Restylane And How It Can Improve Your Appearance?
Restylane is an injectable, non-surgical, cosmetic dermal filler known as NASHA gel–Non Animal derived Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. It is a lab-created version of the hyaluronic acid that is naturally produced in the human body. A safe and natural alternative,it is not derived from animal products, reducing the risk of allergic reaction.
How Does This Filler Work?
Restylane is injected directly into the area to be treated using an ultra-fine needle or flexible cannula. Pain is minimal, and a numbing cream may also be used to further reduce discomfort. The treatment restores volume and fullness to your skin and almost immediately after treatment, you will notice a softer appearance and more even skin tone.
Results include smoothing and minimizing of facial lines, reduction of discomfort from dryness, and reduction in the appearance of most types of scars. It is most often used to treat creases, deep folds, and light wrinkles. Areas commonly treated include the space between the eyebrows, nasolabial folds, around the mouth, or jowl area. It is also commonly used as a lip-filler to enhance both volume and shape.
How Long Does Restylane Last?
Treatment typically lasts from six to nine months, and with timed injections the results can last up to 18 months. Using Botox and Restylane in conjunction with one-another results in a synergistic effect allowing Restylane treatments to last even longer.
There are numerous benefits from the Restylane treatment that are safe, effective and easy to receive. If you are looking for a non-surgical solution, Restylane may be for you. Click here to learn about Restylane Silk, a newer facial filler.