Restylane is a nonsurgical dermal filler that is injected into areas of the face with folds and wrinkles to restore volume and smooth the patient’s appearance. The main ingredient in Restylane, hyaluronic acid, is a substance that is naturally found in the body to retain moisture and improve elasticity in the skin. Irvine Plastic surgeon, Dr. Marguerite Bernett, uses Restylane on several points of the face, but it is best at treating the severe creases around the nose and mouth, the nasolabial folds, and marionette lines, as well as decreasing the appearance of jowls. Restylane is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic use and Dr. Bernett’s patients get results that last 6 months to 1 year at any of her Southern California offices. Restylane is a more precise filler that stays near the injection site, so it is also effective on small lines on and around the lips.
A typical Restylane treatment usually lasts 30 minutes, but it could be more or less depending on the number of areas being treated and the severity of the wrinkles. After thoroughly cleansing the face, Dr. Bernett will mark the areas to be injected. Then, the practitioner will slowly apply the Restylane using a fine needle until the patient’s desired shape and contours are created. Most patients report no pain after the initial injection prick, but numbing cream can be used before the treatment to enhance the patient’s comfort. Dr. Bernett will continue adding Restylane to the needed areas until the patient’s face has regained its youthful contours and the cheeks are lifted.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Patients will be able to see results from their Restylane treatment immediately, but the final results will appear after a few hours when the swelling and redness in the treated areas subside. Patients should avoid strenuous activities and exercise for at least 24 hours, but normal and light activities can be started as soon as the patient feels able. For the first day after the treatment, patients should avoid putting any pressure on their face and to help the filler settle into the contours. The head should remain elevated, so patients are advised to sleep with their head propped up on several pillows for the first night. Results from Restylane usually last 1 year, but patients may consider getting treatments every 6 months to maintain their results.
The cost of Restylane depends on the number and size of areas treated, as well as the severity of the wrinkles. A syringe of Restylane usually costs about $650 and Dr. Bernett will be better able to estimate the amount of syringes that will be needed after discussing the patient’s goals in their consultation. Restylane, like other injectable wrinkle fillers, are only a temporary treatment, so patients will need additional treatments to maintain their results.
RESTORE WITH RESTYLANE!
Don’t settle for aged, wrinkled, and lined skin for a day longer. Thanks to the safe and effective Restylane, you, too, can turn back the hands of time and restore a more youthful and enhanced look without the need for invasive surgery. With a simple treatment and no downtime, you can soon admire a smoother, younger-looking face. Please pick up the phone to call our office for a consultation.