Restylane® is one of a number of so-called dermal fillers. These are medications that are injected into the face in areas where wrinkles are present and are also injected in the lip to give a fuller look. They fill up these areas, make them plumper and flatten out wrinkles, giving a smoother and more youthful appearance. This is a completely different mechanism than that of Botox® which works by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkling. Restylane® was approved in 2003 by the FDA for lip augmentation. Though only formally approved for this purpose, FDA regulations allow for off-label treatment of other areas. Though only formally approved for this purpose, FDA regulations allow for off-label treatment of other areas. Restylane injections at our Connecticut med spa work well in conjunction with several of the other advanced therapies that are available at Vivesse. During your initial consultation we will develop a customized Restalyne treatment plan that will address the problems that concern you.
What exactly is Restylane®Treatment and is it safe?
Restylane® is the first cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body where it provides volume and fullness to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is a crystal-clear gel called NASHA or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is biodegradable and fully biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid. Unlike rooster-derived hyaluronic acid-based products, Restylane® is free from animal proteins. This quality limits the risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. Restylane® contains trace amounts of gram-positive bacterial proteins and should not be used by patients with a history of allergies to such material. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or under 18 you shouldn't use Restylane®. Restylane® has been used for over 4 million treatments worldwide with an excellent safety record.
The Restylane® Injection Procedure at Our Connecticut Med Spa
When you come to Vivesse we will review in detail the areas that concern you. After deciding on the appropriate sites for treatment the area will be anesthetized. We will then inject the Restylane® treatment into the chosen location with an ultra-fine needle. This procedure causes minimal discomfort. The results are immediate and you can resume your normal activities with no downtime. However, there may be some redness or swelling after treatment. This will normally last less than seven days. Sunbathing and cold outdoor activities should be avoided until any redness or swelling disappears.
How long does the effect last?
Though responses vary from patient to patient, in general Restylane® injections last for six months. It is important that you understand that repeat treatments will be necessary. Otherwise, the biodegradable material that is used will be slowly absorbed and your appearance will return to its pretreatment state.