With time, the adverse effects of sun damage, gravity, genetics, and the loss of collagen and elastin show across our faces. These factors cause our natural facial fat to vanish and the supporting skin to thin out and descend toward our jawline, creating an overall gaunt and aged appearance. Restylane® is an injectable hyaluronic acid filler that restores volume that has been depleted by age, sun damage, and lifestyle choices. This added volume allows for natural-looking improvement in laugh lines, jowls, marionette lines, thinning features, and facial hollows. Dr. Friedlander can help make your facial contours appear more youthful with Restylane®, giving you a higher sense of self-confidence.Have a Question
Why is Restylane® Helpful?
Facial wrinkles and creases are part of the natural aging process. These changes in our appearance occur as the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin begin to wear out. Fittingly, the first fillers were made from collagen, a protein naturally found in the skin of all mammals. These fillers created excellent results that lasted only a short time. The original collagen products have now been replaced with better, longer-lasting products that have a great deal of versatility.
Fillers such as Restylane® are non-animal derived, biodegradable gels that are used to add fullness to your face and improve the signs of aging. Fillers are injected under the dermis layer of the skin to correct wrinkles and fine lines and to add volume to areas of the face like the lips, cheeks, and forehead. The most common fillers contain HAs (hyaluronic acids), which are natural sugars (polysaccharides) found in the body. Fillers vary in their composition and density, which helps to determine where they can be used to achieve the best results.
Am I a candidate for Restylane®?
Restylane® is approved for adults looking to restore or enhance facial volume. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of their results. This injectable filler can provide temporary relief for patients with insecurities stemming from their:
- Sunken cheeks
- Thinning lips
- Nasolabial folds (the lines that run between the nose and mouth)
- Droopy brows or eyelids
- Under eye circles and bags
- Aging hands
How do I prepare for my treatment?
Before your Restylane® treatment, you should refrain from taking Aspirin, NSAIDs, or any other blood thinners, as they can increase the likelihood of post-treatment bruising and swelling. Patients are advised to stop all tobacco use at least four weeks before injectable treatments, as tobacco can increase your chances of complications and affect the quality of your results. When you arrive for your treatment, ice packs are placed on the injection site to improve comfort. Restylane® contains traces of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which will ease any discomfort during the injection; however, if you prefer, a topical anesthetic can be applied to further minimize discomfort.
What are my Restylane® options?
There are several formulations available in the Restylane® family. Each one is designed to treat specific concerns. Dr. Friedlander can use them separately or together to give you the vibrant, youthful results you desire.
Restylane® provides subtle to dramatic enhancement of mild to severe fine lines, wrinkles, and facial volume loss that has been created by the aging process. Restylane® offers versatility while enhancing youthful contours. Restylane® is used to correct nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lip lines, jowls, and the hollow area beneath the eyes. You will find yourself looking more youthful and alert.
Restylane® Silk addresses volume loss and fine lines around the lips. As you age, your lips start to lose their fullness and plumpness. Restylane® Silk can provide either subtle or dramatic enhancement to your naturally thin or thinning lips, giving you the youthful pout you desire.
Restylane® Lyft™ is ideal for facial augmentation and filling in facial hollows. The denser consistency of Restylane® Lyft™ adds volume to the cheeks, softens nasolabial folds and smile lines, and minimizes the appearance of jowls. This injectable maintains its shape better than other injectables, providing greater fullness for added lift. Restylane® Lyft™ can also benefit the tops of your hands by reducing the appearance of veins, tendons, and bones.
Restylane Defyne and Refyne
Restylane® Refyne™ and Restylane® Defyne™ are specifically designed to target the effects of aging and volume loss in facial areas that experience a high degree of movement, such as the space in between the nose and mouth (also called the perioral or nasolabial area) and the marionette or jowl region. Restylane® Refyne™ is a flexible filler, providing subtle enhancement for mild to moderate lines, whereas Restylane® Defyne™ is a bit less flexible, making it ideal for treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. These hyaluronic acid injections allow you to maintain a more natural-looking appearance when laughing or smiling.
What will my recovery process be like?
Restylane® offers a non-surgical and non-invasive approach to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and increase facial volume. This treatment does not require a lengthy recovery or time off of work, and patients can resume their normal activities shortly after the injection. Some patients experience temporary redness, bruising, swelling, and tenderness at the injection site. Any discomfort can be remedied with cold compresses and over-the-counter medication like TYLENOL®. Alternatively, arnica gel can be applied to reduce any signs of the treatment.
What results can I expect?
You can expect to see a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and improvement in facial fullness immediately following your treatment session. You will also notice a boost in your confidence and self-image. Your results will continue to improve over the following days and weeks. Results vary from patient to patient; however, most individuals experience improvement in the treatment area for six to nine months. Treatments may be repeated as often as desired to maintain your results.
What risks and side effects are involved?
Injectable treatments are safe, and side effects are short-lived. The most commonly reported side effects are redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the injection sites. These effects will continue to improve over the days following your injection.
Schedule a Restylane consultation
For more information about Restylane® or any of the Restylane® products, contact Dr. Friedlander by calling (973) 524-7124 or by filling out our online contact form to set up a consultation.