Regardless of how well you care for your skin, its texture and appearance will change over time. Unfortunately, many people feel uncomfortable with the inevitable changes. At Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek in Denver, CO, we are proud to offer a wide range of anti-aging solutions, like Restylane, to help our clients look as young as they feel.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get about Restylane fillers is how long the results of the treatment last. After all, if you are investing your time in attending a consultation and an injection session, you want to feel confident that you are investing in a long-term solution.
Fortunately, this injectable dermal filler provides long-lasting results. The exact longevity of your results depends on such factors as your skin health, the formula used, and your metabolism. However, you can expect your results to last for up to one-and-a-half years.
Restylane is a versatile, long-lasting injectable filler that will improve the health and appearance of your skin. To help you determine whether this filler is right for you, we invite you to take a closer look at what it is and how it works.
Restylane isn’t just one dermal filler. Rather, it is a line of products, each designed to be effective in different regions of the body. Regardless of the formula that will best address your unique needs, the medication is injected into the foundational layer of your skin with a tiny needle. Each formula contains a special polysaccharide known as hyaluronic acid, or HA.
This polysaccharide is one of the most abundant chains of sugar molecules in your body. It plays a number of important roles, including keeping your joints’ connective tissues lubricated, keeping your eyes moist, and keeping your skin hydrated.
There are several things this polysaccharide does when it is injected deep beneath your skin. The first thing it does is provide an immediate, noticeable volume increase to the treatment area. The skin loses a significant amount of volume over time, especially in the face, chest, and hands. This volume loss leads to wrinkles, very visible veins, and hollowness.
When Restylane is injected into areas of concern, there is an immediate improvement. However, the second thing this injectable does is encourages the production of extra collagen. This is thanks to its ability to attract and retain an amazing amount of water. What’s great about the production of extra collagen is it ensures dramatic, long-lasting, natural-looking results.
If you’re considering these hyaluronic acid injections, you may wonder why your skin is wrinkling in the first place. As stated previously, extreme volume loss, especially volume loss caused by a slowdown in collagen production, leads to wrinkled skin.
Your skin will also wrinkle as there stops being enough elastin produced. Fortunately, the presence of extra hyaluronic acid and water in your skin following your Restylane injections encourages the production of extra collagen and elastin. Therefore, you can expect with complete confidence that your wrinkles will be erased if they are caused by volume loss.
If you have concerns about lines and wrinkles forming around your mouth, there is a very good chance that Refyne will be right for you. The mouth area is one of the most commonly targeted treatment areas because it is used so much throughout the day to emote, speak, eat, and drink.
Refyne is an excellent choice for you if you have concerns about smile lines, otherwise referred to as laugh lines. These lines can develop around the mouth and nose and prematurely age your skin.
There is also a chance that Defyne will be the right formula for you if you are concerned about smile lines around your mouth and nose. Notably, this injectable may also be perfect for you if you want to erase moderate-to-severe marionette lines. Marionette lines are the vertical lines that form at your lips’ corners and extend down towards your chin.
Are you worried about the appearance of your cheeks? If you are, then Lyft is the formula for you. This extremely powerful formula features larger hyaluronic acid molecules that attract even more water than the other formulas. This means it can restore a significant amount of volume to your cheeks with just one injection session. In response to this treatment, your skin will produce a lot of collagen, volumizing the apple of your cheeks and lifting sagging cheek skin.
Do you think this treatment sounds like it could benefit you? If so, you’re probably wondering what the treatment process is like. Here’s what you need to know about what to expect from start to finish.
The first step in the treatment process is coming in for an initial evaluation with Dr. Adrienne Stewart. During this evaluation, she will assess the cause of your cosmetic concerns to verify that they are caused by volume loss and can be treated with this injectable. She will also discuss your health history to ensure that there are no medical conditions that may preclude you from qualifying for this treatment.
However, you don’t have to worry too much about your health disqualifying you for this treatment. For instance, due to the biocompatibility of hyaluronic acid, you won’t have to take a preliminary allergy test to ensure you are not allergic to the filler. As a general rule, you will qualify for this treatment if you are a fairly healthy adult and concerned about changes to your skin caused by collagen or elastin loss.
The second step in smoothing your wrinkles away for months to come is preparing for your injection session. Fortunately, there is very little you need to do to prepare for your injection session due to the non-invasive nature of this treatment. During your initial evaluation, Dr. Stewart will provide you with a complete list of pre-treatment instructions. Among the things you will be asked to avoid for several days before your session are:
Besides refraining from any cosmetic treatments that may irritate your skin, like chemical peels, you will be asked to take other steps to ensure your skin is not irritated at the time of your appointment. For instance, you will be asked to prevent a potential sunburn by being diligent about sunscreen use.
The third step in the treatment process is coming in for your injection session. This will be scheduled after your initial consultation once we have determined that this treatment is appropriate for you. On the day of your injection session, you should come in with a clean, bare face. Any cosmetics, such as lotion or makeup, applied to the treatment area will be removed prior to your injections. We will start your appointment by evaluating the areas of concern.
We need to ensure there is no skin irritation and clean the skin thoroughly. Then, we will apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment areas if you want your skin to be numb while the injections are being administered. However, you should keep in mind that we use a tiny needle to administer the medication, so you will only feel a little pressure during your treatment. You will not feel any pain regardless of whether your skin is numbed.
Since this anti-aging treatment is not invasive, there is no downtime required following your injection session. We will review your post-treatment care instructions with you after we have administered your injections. Then, you will be free to resume your day.
Dr. Stewart is a board-certified dermatologist who is so skilled that she serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado. She is also a national Botox trainer and serves as a clinical instructor for internal medicine residents at St. Joseph.
If you feel self-conscious about your appearance due to extreme volume loss, Restylane injections may be able to help you boost your skin volume and self-esteem. The best part is that this injectable provides long-lasting, natural-looking results. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Adrienne Stewart at Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek in Denver, CO today to find out whether this treatment is appropriate for you.