Restylane

Restylane is an instant volumizer which requires little to no downtime. As we grow older, our skin loses volume and begins to develop changes recognizable as wrinkles and folds. Some of the main components of healthy skin are water, fat, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. There are a number of injectable cosmetic fillers available to help improve upon one's facial appearance and achieve a more youthful look without plastic surgery. These fillers restore the lost volume and smooth out skin wrinkles. Collagen and fat are some of the more traditional fillers used for cosmetic enhancement but they can have some drawbacks.

Restylane has a number of advantages over other injections. The hyaluronic acid that makes up Restylane is naturally found in our bodies and provides volume and fullness to the skin. Restylane has been proven to last longer than collagen injections as it maintains its shape using the body's own moisture. Fat injections, although typically much longer lasting, are a more involved procedure and typically require more down-time than Restylane.

Lines, wrinkles, and folds are created as our skin loses volume with ageRestylane can help fill in lines, wrinkles, and folds due to volume loss

Cosmetic fillers such as Restylane are used to treat skin lines, wrinkles, and folds.

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Restylane injections can enhance nasolabial folds and aging lips.

Restylane is a non-animal, biodegradable gel based on hyaluronic acid developed in 1996. Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide (a natural sugar) that is found largely in the skin. Its primary function is to provide volume and pliability to the skin. The unique characteristic of hyaluronic acid is its ability to bind with water up to 1,000 times its volume. This water-retaining property makes it ideal as a filler agent, for even while hyaluronic acid filler is being naturally degraded it continues to attract more water to it. After Restylane injections, the skin appears healthier, fuller, and tighter and as a result the lines, wrinkles, and folds are improved. There are a number of other hyaluronic acid injectable fillers similar to Restylane available in the market. These include Hylaform, Captique, and Juvederm.

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Restylane injections can improve lip lines and enhance aging lips.

Problems that can be improved by volume enhancement of the aging face using Restylane injections include:

  • Frown lines between eyebrows
  • Deep-set eyes
  • Tear trough area
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Droopy corners of the mouth
  • Lip lines
  • Thinning lips
  • Sunken acne scars

I am interested! What do I do next?

If you are considering Restylane injections we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Naficy's office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis of your face, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure. If you are thinking about Restylane, you may also wish to consider Botox and Sculptra treatments as well.

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