There are several dermal fillers in existence and used by cosmetic physicians to achieve a variety of anti-aging results. Patients in Maryland are discovering that Restylane, a dermal filler, may be helpful in removing wrinkles and enhancing the lips, thus giving many patients a younger appearance. Not all dermal fillers are the same, so patients should discuss the fillers with a cosmetic physician before receiving treatment.
Restylane is composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid works to trap water and helps to keep the intercellular space within the dermis. When people age, they gradually lose hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin in the skin. The loss of these substances often results in skin laxity, wrinkles and a loss of volume. This leads many people to seek treatment that will help them reverse these effects by restoring these substances.
Restylane is a non-animal, hyaluronic acid based dermal filler that has been FDA approved to treat wrinkles. While it has only been approved since 2003, this treatment has been widely used in Europe and in other parts of the world for a longer. The procedure restores the volume loss which leads to wrinkles. This treatment may also be used to enhance the lips and to treat acne scars. Patients should discuss all possible uses of this treatment with a skincare or medical professional.
There is no skin testing required prior to treatment, unlike other dermal fillers that may require testing to avoid any allergies or other effects. A fine needle is used to inject the Restylane gel. The gel is injected into the dermis below the wrinkle, which pushes the wrinkle outwards to the appropriate level. When injected, the Restylane integrates with the patient's dermis and binds with naturally-occurring water. The normal metabolism and movement of nutrients and water is not disturbed during this treatment, and results are almost immediate.
A topical or local anesthetic may be used around the injection site, but this is not always the case. Patients should discuss this with a physician before receiving treatment. For lip enhancement procedures, the gel is injected directly into, or around the lips.
During the injection, there may be a mild or moderate stinging or burning sensation. Following the procedure, swelling or redness may last for a few hours to a few days. Follow up treatments may be required every six to twelve months after each treatment, as Restylane is gradually absorbed. Pain around the injection site may also be a side effect of this treatment and may last for several days. Small bumps may also be present following this procedure and may last for several weeks or months. All side effects should be discussed with a physician for further information.
There may be other, more serious complications associated with Restylane including a severe inflammatory reaction called granuloma. Patients should disclose their full medical history before receiving this and other treatments to help avoid these instances.
Patients are usually able to resume their normal activities following Restylane injections, as only minimal discomfort may be present. In cases of lip enhancement, swelling and tenderness may be present for the first two or three days following treatment, but should subside shortly afterwards.
Many patients in the Nottingham, Maryland area have benefited from this procedure. Other patients who are interested should contact a clinic providing cosmetic services such as Restylane for more information about the procedure and to discuss any possible risks or side effects that may be involved. The cost of this procedure may vary, so patients should inquire about the price of this treatment during their consultation.