What Is Restylane?
Restylane is an FDA-approved dermal filler. It is a safe and natural hyaluronic acid cosmetic filler used to erase moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. The Restylane products are formulated to act like your body’s own naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, restoring volume to your skin.
The Restylane treatment is very safe and requires no skin testing. It was the first dermal filler made from non-animal-based hyaluronic acid, these products also have lidocaine included to improve patient comfort.
What Restylane Benefits
Restylane can pretty much treat any lines on the face you want to be softened and diminished. These products fill in the depressions of the lower 2/3 of the face. We can soften the lines from your nose to your mouth, marionette lines (lines from the corner of your mouth), lip lines and fixed frown crease lines. Dr. Esta Kronberg can plump up and enhance your lips, enhance your cheeks and lift your cheeks and also treat fixed forehead lines with this filler.
Restylane Products We Offer
Before Dr. Kronberg inject the filler, she utilizes a topical anesthetic numbing cream on the patient’s skin 30 minutes prior to the treatment. Using the numbing cream ensures that our patients are very comfortable. If we are enhancing your lips or treating lip lines, Dr. Kronberg will also add a little dental block for your comfort. The Restylane treatment takes about 20 minutes for most patients while Dr. Kronberg inject the filler in the appropriate areas.
Restylane Side Effects
- Pain at the injection site
Restylane Lyft is a hyaluronic acid but is a thicker gel. It is used to treat deeper creases like the folds from the nose to the mouth, the corners of the mouth and in the cheeks. It can last more than 1 year. There is no skin testing needed and it has Lidocaine mixed in the product to enhance comfort for the patient.
Restylane Refyne and Defyne
Both new Restylane Refyne and Defyne are hyaluronic acid products. They use XpresHAn technology designed to help support your natural expression for real-life results that help maintain natural movement when you’re smiling, frowning and even puckering up.
- Refyne: is for the treatment of wrinkles and thin lines in the face, such as upper lip lines and cheek wrinkle.
- Defyne: is designed to treat deep lines like nasolabial and marionette lines.
Depending on the depth of the lines and wrinkles to be treated, a combination of both fillers may be appropriate for use in just one treatment session.
How Long Does Restylane Last?
Restylane dermal filler results can last 6-8 months.
Restylane Lips Before and After
What to Expect After Restylane Treatment
After treatment you should avoid exposing the treated area to intense heat or extreme cold for the first few days in order to avoid the risk of inflammation. However, once Restylane has integrated into the body, it will adjust to your normal body temperature.
Cool compresses (not ice cubes) can be effective after injectables to decrease swelling, as well as sleeping with head slightly elevated helps with swelling after injection. In most cases, you can return back to work as soon as the next day.
How Should I Prepare for My Restylane Treatment?
Restylane injections require very little preparation. However, there are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of discomfort after treatment. Products containing retinoids, glycolic acid, and similar wrinkle-softening and anti-aging ingredients will need to be avoided for a few days before the injections. You may also need to avoid waxing, bleaching, and other types of hair removal in the days leading up to your Restylane treatment.
Because it is non-surgical, you will not need to stop taking medications, herbs and supplements, and blood-thinning OTC products before treatment, but there may be other steps that you need to take which are not necessary for everyone. During your initial consultation, we will carefully assess your candidacy for Restylane treatment along with how you, specifically, can best prepare for the service.
How Long Before Restylane Results are Visible?
Restylane may provide some immediate benefits, but adding volume to the skin often takes a few weeks. Most people experience full results within four to six weeks, though it may take up to eight in some cases.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Esta Kronberg will evaluate your skin elasticity, assess your areas of concern, and help you determine when you can realistically expect to see the final results of your Restylane treatment.
Can Restylane be Combined With Other Treatments?
Restylane can be combined with many other non-surgical treatments. As a dermal filler, Restylane serves a specific purpose: to stimulate collagen production and add volume to the skin. However, these fillers cannot address issues like age spots, spider veins, acne, or even every type of wrinkle. If you have multiple concerns, a combination of medical and cosmetic dermatology services may be the best solution.
Dr. Esta Kronberg is a board-certified dermatologist with years of experience. She is here to listen to your concerns, provide information about each possible treatment, and guide you toward the best service – or combination of services – for your needs.
Which Areas of the Body can Restylane Treat?
Restylane has many formulations, each designed for specific concerns and particular areas of the body. Depending on the formulation used, Restylane can add volume to droopy cheeks, hollow temples, and sunken tear troughs. In addition, it can erase deep lines and wrinkles on the face, including nasolabial folds, and produce symmetrical, plump, and more appealing lips. Restylane can also be used for hand rejuvenation. It remains the only HA filler approved by the FDA to address signs of aging, such as thin skin and exposed tendons, which are common on the dorsal side of the hands.
Can Restylane Soften Static Wrinkles?
There are two types of wrinkles: static and dynamic. Restylane is designed to soften static wrinkles, like those around the mouth, along the cheeks, or between the mouth and nose, that are present regardless of your facial expression.
Dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines, occur with facial movement. Restylane cannot soften this type of wrinkle. An option like BOTOX® Cosmetic or Daxxify® is better for dynamic wrinkles.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about Restylane, please call Dr. Esta Kronberg at 713-771-8941 or at 713-988-8442 to schedule a consultation at our office in Houston, TX.