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Restylane: Trusted Facial Fillers for a Naturally Youthful Look


Are you starting to see signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles? What is the best treatment option for these cosmetic maladies? In our professional opinion, it is Restylane. What is Restylane, why does it work beautifully for fine lines and wrinkles, and does it have risks? We will discuss these concerns, and more, in this post.

What is Restylane?

Restylane is a type of injectable treatment for wrinkles and lines. It is made of hyaluronic acid, a molecule that draws in water. This substance plumps up the skin and gives it volume. Restylane is a dermal filler created to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. It is approved by the FDA to restore lost volume and elasticity to the skin. Restylane gel is designed to plumpen the skin beneath which it is injected and smoothen the lines and wrinkles and render them less noticeable.

What Makes Restylane Effective Against Signs of Aging?

The magic behind Restylane rests in its primary active ingredient – hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturally-occurring substance found in the human body. Its job is to attract moisture and keep it in the spaces between cells. Advancements in medical technology allowed doctors to inject a synthetic form of the substance to fill the volume within the skin. Once beneath the wrinkled skin, the hyaluronic acid in the Restylane gel will attract water and keep it under the skin. The moisture will plumpen that area and fill the spaces between the muscles and the skin – therefore smoothening the appearance of wrinkles and lines.

Naturally Youthful Look

The HA molecules in Restylane make it effective in giving a more naturally youthful appearance. These molecules slowly attract moisture to the injection site and keep the water there for months. The slow attraction of water makes the change of your appearance more subtle and natural – unlike the results of more drastic measures like surgery.

Risks and Side Effects of Restylane

This section will discuss the most common side effects and risks of Restylane injections, such as pain, itching, swelling, bruising, headache, and tenderness. Since the primary ingredient of Restylane is the naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid, there are not a lot of risks associated with it. However, since the HA is synthetic, it may not be perfectly compatible with the body. Its most common side effects – swelling, redness, bruising, pain, and tenderness around the injection site – typically fade within a week. Though extremely rare, the more severe side effects of Restylane are infection, bleeding, or allergic reaction. You should let a medical professional know immediately if you encounter these symptoms after a Restylane injection. But overall, Restylane is widely accepted as safe for most patients.

How Long Do the Results Last?

The results of Restylane vary from person to person and in the treated area. In most cases, its plumpening and volumizing effects last for half a year in the nasolabial folds, a year in the cheeks, and half a year in the cheeks. However, these figures may vary depending on several factors. The effects of Restylane will only last as long as the hyaluronic acid has not yet dissolved within the body. Different individuals may have differing rates of absorption of the compound. But no matter how long your Restylane results last, you can always come back for maintenance injections.

Where is Restylane Injected?

You can have Restylane in several areas of the face. But the most often area where we inject the product is the nasolabial folds. The nasolabial folds are the lines on both sides of the mouth; they extend from the sides of the nose to the tips of the mouth. Aside from the nasolabial folds, the FDA has also approved the use of Restylane on the lips of individuals above 21 years old. Restylane is perhaps the best treatment for lost volume on the lips.

Does Restylane Require Downtime or Recovery Period?

The minimally-invasive Restylane treatment does not require downtime or a recovery period. You won’t have to cancel an entire day because you’re having the treatment. You can return to your day immediately after you step out of the medspa after the injection.

How Does the Treatment Go?

The Restylane treatment is as straightforward as they come. The provider sanitizes the syringe and your face, and you have the option of having a topical numbing agent to alleviate any potential discomfort. The numbing agent is applied half an hour before the filler injections. The injection itself will only last for about half an hour.

Who is a Good Candidate for Restylane?

Restylane is one of the most sought-after injectable treatments in the United States, and many people have used it and had excellent results. But who are the suitable candidates for this treatment? Restylane is a popular injectable that can help to reduce the appearance of severe nasolabial folds. If you are looking for a low-risk option to reduce the appearance of your nasolabial folds, Restylane may be the best choice for you. It is also great for individuals looking for natural results. Since Restylane uses molecules that attract water, the results don’t look like plastic. Additionally, the treatment also yields long-lasting results. If you want a non-invasive and low-risk option for wrinkles and volume, then Restylane is definitely a worthy consideration. You need only be in good overall health to qualify for the treatment. Here at Birem, MD, we give our potential clients a thorough consultation so they can feel safe about the treatment they want. We will provide them with all the information they need, including the benefits, risks, and contraindications, among other details. We will also inform you whether the treatment is safe for you.

Where to Have the Restylane Treatment in Virginia?

Birem, MD, Beauty & Wellness is the best medspa in Virginia. If you want to receive top-of-the-line Restylane treatment, contact us by phone at 703-712-7870, or send us a message through our contact form. We are located at 1355 Beverly Road, Suite 325, McLean, VA 22101.