If you are bothered by signs of facial aging like fine lines, sagging skin, and facial volume loss, you don’t necessarily have to opt for plastic surgery to get the dramatic rejuvenation results you want. Restylane, a popular and effective injectable dermal filler, is renowned for its ability to restore long-lasting youthfulness to the face without incisions or downtime. Here at Doctors Plastic Surgery, we are pleased to offer Restylane to men and women in Chicago and New York who would like to take years off their face for months at a time and feel more confident in their own skin.
How Restylane Works
Restylane is an injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that tightly binds to water. It works by adding volume and fullness to the skin and soft tissues of the face. By replacing lost volume, the treatment can restore youthful contours and smooth out facial wrinkles and folds. Because hyaluronic acid is found in the body naturally, Restylane can produce incredibly natural-looking results when the injections are performed by an experienced plastic surgeon.
Benefits of Restylane
Restylane is a great choice for both men and women who would like a non-surgical anti-aging solution. Restylane dermal fillers offer a variety of benefits, including a quick and easy recovery period and long-lasting results. Fillers can be injected in an hour or less during a patient’s lunch hour and involve only minimal, temporary side effects.
Good Candidates for Restylane
Restylane can be an ideal cosmetic procedure for men and women who are struggling with the early signs of aging and do not wish to undergo a surgical procedure. In some cases, the fillers can also complement other cosmetic treatments or surgeries for more comprehensive results. Our surgeons suggest Restylane to patients who are in good health, have a thorough understanding of the Restylane treatment, and have reasonable expectations.
Individuals of all skin types can benefit from Restylane. During a private consultation, our surgeons help each patient determine whether Restylane is a good option for their particular needs. It is important to note that Restylane is not a viable treatment for patients with a history of allergic reactions, those who are pregnant, or people under 18 years of age.
Types of Restylane Injections
There are several different Restylane formulas, which are designed to address a range of aging concerns. Doctors Plastic Surgery offers the following Restylane injections:
Restylane Lyft has the largest particles of all the Restylane brand fillers. This treatment comes in gel form and can effectively resolve deep lines, wrinkles, and fold. It can also be used to add fullness to the lips and is injected into a deep layer of the patient’s skin.
Restylane Defyne is a firm dermal filler, making it ideal for facial folds and lines that are very deep. It is intended to be injected into the mid to deep dermis. Once it has been injected into the appropriate area, Restylane Defyne can be contoured to naturally mold to the patient’s surrounding tissue. This filler can be used to achieve very specific results.
Although Restylane Refyne is similar to Restylane Defyne, it is a bit more flexible and better for treating moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. Our surgeons suggest Restylane Refyne for folds and wrinkles that are superficial.
Our surgeons will further explain the different types of Restylane injections available and help patients determine the appropriate injection type for their specific skin type and concerns.
What to Expect During a Restylane Consultation
Patients who would like to learn more about Restylane injections should schedule a consultation with our experts. Consultations typically begin with our surgeon evaluating the patient’s face and taking a close look at their fine lines, wrinkles, creases, skin laxity, and skin type. Then, our surgeon will ask the patient about their goals in order to understand what is bothering them.
Lastly, they will educate the patient on the Restylane procedure and answer any questions they may have. Before and after pictures may be shared as well for illustrative purposes. Patients are encouraged to use their consultation as an opportunity to speak freely about their aesthetic concerns and learn as much as they can about Restylane and what it entails. The goal of the consultation is to help patients make an informed decision about Restylane treatment and allow them to eliminate any confusion or uncertainty. Although most people are good candidates for the treatment, the consultation also allows our surgeons to ensure that the patient is healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
The Restylane Procedure
Restylane injections can be administered in our modern Chicago and New York offices. Local anesthesia may be used to improve patient comfort.
Our surgeon will begin by selecting one or more injection points for each location to be treated. Then, they will identify the right amount of Restylane to be used. The surgeon will then gently inject the Restylane filler beneath the skin. Patients will see improvement right away and can expect to see complete results within one week.
Recovering From Restylane
After Restylane injections, patients can expect to experience some swelling that will subside after two or three days on average. A cold compress can be used to reduce swelling and the use of aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen should be avoided. Patients will be able to resume their everyday activities immediately after receiving the injections and be encouraged to stay out of the sun. In the event they experience any abnormal symptoms or severe pain, patients should contact our office right away.
Frequently Asked Questions About Restylane
What is Restylane made of?
Made of non-animal based hyaluronic acid, Restylane is a natural substance that can be found in the human body. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a clear gel called Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid, which is biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.
How does Restylane differ from other hyaluronic acid-based products?
Most hyaluronic acid-based products are derived from rooster combs. Restylane, however, is non-animal based, meaning it reduces the risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.
Is Restylane painful?
Restylane injections are not typically painful. However, some patients may experience some minimal discomfort. A local anesthetic can be used to prevent pain.
What can Restylane reduce or eliminate?
There are a number of flaws that Restylane may be able to reduce or even completely eliminate. These include vertical lip lines, lines at the corner of the mouth, folds that run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth, and acne scars. Restylane is not appropriate for treating “dynamic” wrinkles like crows’ feet or frown lines. These are better addressed with Botox or similar treatments.
How long does Restylane last?
While Restylane does lead to long-lasting results, these fillers do not last forever. Most patients return to Doctors Plastic Surgery every six to twelve months for additional injections. Factors such as their age, lifestyle, and skin tone will all determine how long each injection lasts.
What is the history of Restylane?
Restylane was developed by Q-Med and has been used around the world for more than 20 years. Its products have established a legacy and earned the reputation of optimal safety.
What areas can Restylane treat?
Most patients undergo Restylane treatment to smooth out wrinkles and soften facial lines. However, Restylane can also be used to add subtle volume to your lips, cheeks, and jawline as well.
What will I look like after Restylane treatment?
Right after treatment, you may notice some redness and swelling, which should fade within a few days. You will find that you look fresher and more rejuvenated. Large folds will be smoother and fine lines and wrinkles won’t be as noticeable.
What will happen when the effects of Restylane wear off?
Once the effects of Restylane wear off in six to twelve months, you can expect to look like you did prior to treatment. Restylane does not worsen lines and wrinkles or make you appear older.
Restylane at Doctors Plastic Surgery
Doctors Plastic Surgery is the ideal choice for Restylane treatments in Chicago and New York. Our surgeons understand just how difficult it can be to wake up each morning with unwanted fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.
We are committed to providing each and every patient with the individualized attention they deserve and designing treatment plans that are right for their particular needs. We look forward to educating you further about Restylane and hope to see you in our office for a consultation soon.
Schedule a Restylane Consultation Today
If you’re wondering whether Restylane is a good option for you, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation at our New York (718.395.5220) or Chicago (312.313.2833) offices today. A surgeon will examine your face, review your medical history, ask you about your aesthetic goals, and help you determine if Restylane makes sense for you. Call us or fill out our online contact form to schedule your private consultation at a date and time that works best for your schedule. We can’t wait to meet you!