Aging can be a difficult and traumatic process in many ways, particularly for those who find that they have trouble accepting the changes in their physical appearance as aging sets in; from wrinkles and creases to sagging and fine lines, the ravages of both aging and sun damage can alter the face in a variety of ways and rob the skin of it’s supple, youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers are a facial rejuvenation solution which have become popular over the past several years; often called a ‘liquid facelift’, these fillers are derived from gel and/or liquid substances which are injected directly into wrinkles and which work by filling out the skin underneath and providing a boost in the volume which has been lost throughout the aging process.
Dermal fillers are administered by a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon during a quick, minimally invasive procedure and often perform very well, with results that can last anywhere from several months to more than ten years.
One of the most popular injectable fillers is Restylane, a gel substance derived from hyaluronic acid which is formed by the Streptococcus bacteria; Restylane is produced through advance biotechnology in a lab setting utilizing natural fermentation, with the sterile environment of the lab serving to ensure minimal risk of transmitting the disease to humans or of causing reactions in patients who are allergic to common foods.
How Restylane Works
Restylane is considered to be a safe and non-toxic facial rejuvenation treatment that works to significantly reduce the signs of aging by integrating itself into the deep tissue beneath the skin and binding to water molecules to both build and maintain volume.
The results of Restylane are visible immediately after the procedure and can last up to six months before requiring touchups, although longevity is also affected by the site of the injection and some may see results that last longer than six months, depending on the location of their injection.
Restylane is considered to be very effective for moderate to severe wrinkles and creasing, particularly in facial areas such as the nasolabial folds; there have also been studies that indicate that the drug performs well in lip enhancement procedures.
Restylane is very popular on a global level, having been used in over 10 000 facial rejuvenation procedures in over 65 countries around the world.
Risks and Special Considerations
Restylane is not considered suitable for use in patients who have severe allergies to bacterial proteins, those with bleeding disorders or for any procedure other than facial or lip augmentation.
While there is no pre-treatment allergy test required for the procedure, there are a variety of possible side effects with the drug, most of which are extremely rare and not serious; potential side effects range from short term reactions at the site of the injection, swelling, pain and soreness, infection and a hard nodule appearing at the site.
If you experience any of these effects, contact your surgeon immediately to determine whether further treatment is needed; your cosmetic surgeon will take the time to discuss all potential risks and side effects before your procedure in order to be sure that all precautions are taken.
If you’re looking for a clinically proven, non-invasive solution to aging skin, be sure to contact your cosmetic surgeon today to discuss whether Restylane is a viable solution for your age-related skin issues.