Restylane dermal fillers are a line of hyaluronic acid-based injectable gels used for soft tissue augmentation. They are part of a category of injectable treatments known as dermal fillers, which help to restore facial volume, enhance features, and smooth out wrinkles and lines.
Restylane fillers are created from non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA). Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in our bodies, especially in the skin, connective tissues, and eyes, where it helps retain moisture, keep tissues well lubricated, and maintain elasticity. Over time, the amount of fatty tissue and natural hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases, leading to loss of volume and the formation of wrinkles.
Restylane dermal fillers are designed to mimic the body's natural hyaluronic acid. When these fillers are injected beneath the skin's surface, they replenish the loss of fatty tissue volume and hyaluronic acid that has been lost due to the aging process, thereby restoring facial volume and reducing wrinkles and folds.
One unique feature of the Restylane brand is the use of NASHA technology to create a variety of product formulations. Each product in the Restylane line is designed to target specific problems when injected at various depths and areas in the skin, providing tailored and effective aesthetic solutions.
Restylane products are biodegradable, meaning they will naturally degrade over time. The longevity of the results varies based on the specific product and treatment area.
In summary, Restylane fillers have a well-established safety profile and are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are popular with Aesthetic Doctors and are commonly used worldwide to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, add volume, and enhance facial features.
Restylane dermal fillers work based on the natural properties of hyaluronic acid (HA), that exists naturally in our skin. HA plays an important role in skin health by retaining moisture, providing hydration, and contributing to the skin's elasticity and volume.
As we age, the natural hyaluronic acid in our skin diminishes, which can lead to the formation of wrinkles and folds, and a loss of volume and facial contours. The volume loss is further exacerbated by the loss of fatty tissue and migration of fat pads in the face. This is where Restylane fillers come into play.
Restylane products are injectable gels composed of a modified form of hyaluronic acid. When a Restylane filler is injected beneath the skin, it acts like the body's own hyaluronic acid. It integrates into the dermal tissue, then attracts and binds to water molecules to help maintain volume. The gel also provides support to the skin's structure, filling in wrinkles, fine lines, and folds, or adding volume to restore or enhance facial contours.
Specifically, Restylane products use a technology that cross-links the hyaluronic acid molecules in the gel, creating a longer-lasting effect. This cross-linking technology also helps to create a variety of gels with different levels of lift or flexibility, making it possible to tailor treatment to the unique needs of individual patients and specific areas of the face.
After injection, Restylane fillers continue to work in the skin. Over time, the hyaluronic acid in the filler is naturally broken down and absorbed by the body. However, due to the cross-linking in the gel, the fillers provide lasting results that can be maintained with touch-up treatments.
It's important to note that while Restylane fillers mimic the body's own hyaluronic acid, they are not permanent and are gradually metabolized by the body. The longevity of the treatment effects depends on the specific Restylane product used and the area treated.
The most common side effects occur at the injection site and may include:
These are usually mild and resolve naturally within a few days (for lip injections, it may take up to a week).
In rare cases, more serious side effects can occur, such as:
These side effects are uncommon, especially when the treatment is administered by an experience doctor.
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