Injectable dermal fillers are more popular than ever. Restylane® fillers are a great example of the growing interest in non-surgical solutions for visible aging and undefined facial features. In fact, over 40 million treatments have been performed using products from the Restylane line.
One of the best things about Restylane fillers is their versatility. Whether you want to address lines and wrinkles, thin lips, sunken cheeks, under-eye hollows, aging hands, or other concerns, you are likely to benefit from a Restylane treatment at the practice of Ronald H. Schuster, MD.
What Is the Difference Between Restylane and Other Dermal Fillers?
Restylane fillers are formulated with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a very common ingredient in dermal fillers. It binds to water and helps your skin look more hydrated and plump.
Unlike other hyaluronic acid fillers, products in the Restylane line use innovative NASHA and XpresHAn technology™. NASHA technology, found in Restylane, Restylane Silk, and Restylane Lyft, gives each product a unique particle size that is designed to accomplish specific goals. For example, finer particles are ideal for detailed shaping while large particles add greater volume.
XpresHAn technology, found in Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne, promotes natural-looking results. It means that the gel is cross-linked to maintain facial movement.
Are Restylane Injections Painful?
Restylane injections are not as painful as you might think. Many Restylane products contain lidocaine. Lidocaine is a numbing agent that can reduce discomfort during filler treatments.
Topical numbing cream can be applied prior to the injections to improve your experience. Ice can also be applied before and after the treatment to help minimize discomfort and swelling.
Generally, you can expect to feel a tolerable pinching sensation. It should go away quickly.
How Long Does a Restylane Session Take?
You can easily book a treatment during your lunch hour. In most cases, Restylane sessions take less than 60 minutes. That includes the time needed to apply optional numbing cream and inject the filler. If it is your first time getting Restylane, you may need to start your visit with a consultation.
How Many Restylane Sessions Do I Need Before I See Results?
Some patients only need one session to achieve their desired results. Others prefer to take a gradual approach and learn what type of look they prefer. Remember that it is easier to add more filler than to dissolve the excess product. However, dissolving Restylane is an option.
How Long Will My Restylane Results Last?
Restylane fillers usually last for 6-12 months. During that time, your body will metabolize the filler. Factors such as the formula and the treatment area can affect dermal filler longevity.
For example, fillers may not last as long in the lips as they do under the eyes. That is because the lips move more. Regardless, a touch-up visit is a simple way to extend the results of your treatment. We can work with you to create the ideal schedule for maintenance injections.
How Long After a Restylane Treatment Will I See My Results?
Restylane offers an instant improvement in your cosmetic concerns. However, your final results may not be visible for several days or weeks. They can be obscured by swelling and bruising.
It is important to consider your social calendar when scheduling your Restylane appointments. Leave enough time for any side effects to resolve and for the filler to finish settling into place.
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Fillers can be a great way to refresh your appearance without surgery or downtime. Restylane is one of many safe and effective injectable products that we use here in our Baltimore area office.