Unlike BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, which paralyze targeted muscles responsible for wrinkling, Restylane® is a dermal filler that works by plumping up facial wrinkles. Restylane® is comprised of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally within the human body and which is partly responsible for the fullness of skin. In skin that has lost this fullness, Restylane® effectively restores volume by binding with water molecules. As the hyaluronic acid breaks down over time, its molecules continue to bind with water, until it eventually disappears from the system. This process takes about six months, after which Restylane® treatment can be repeated if desired.
As a method of facial re-contouring, Restylane® is highly effective. The injections rejuvenate the facial skin by smoothing moderate to deep wrinkles and creases around the mouth, nose, and eyes. Restylane® injections can also be used to achieve natural-looking lip augmentation. Because Restylane® is completely natural and contains no animal proteins, the injections are extremely safe and well-suited to people whose allergies preclude them from using other dermal fillers. Indeed, patients who opt to undergo Restylane® treatment require absolutely no allergy testing beforehand. The injections involve minimal-to-no discomfort, and any swelling or discoloration that appears at the site of injection generally subsides within a few hours.
As with all cosmetic enhancement treatments, Restylane® injections should be administered only by a trained and experienced facial plastic surgeon. The treatment can be combined with other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including facelift, laser skin resurfacing, neck lift, and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). For those with deeper folds and wrinkles, Perlane®, which is a similar injectable also composed of hyaluronic acid but with larger gel particles, may be a more suitable option. To determine which treatment or combination of treatments is best suited to your individual appearance goals, speak to your cosmetic surgeon today.