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How does Restylane® work?
Restylane is made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body responsible for hydrating and plumping our skin, as well as providing lubrication for our joints. Hyaluronic acid has the amazing ability of binding with 1000 times its weight in water molecules. So, when we inject Restylane® under a crease or area of volume loss, the hyaluronic acid instantly binds with nearby water molecules and this provides instant volume to the area, pushing up the skin and erasing the wrinkle or crease.
How long does Restylane® last?
Once we inject Restylane®, you can expect the targeted wrinkles, lines, and areas of volume loss to be erased or dramatically decreased in appearance for 9-12 months.
How much time do I have to wait between Restylane® sessions?
That depends on you and your goals. There are a couple attributes that affect the longevity of Restylane’s results, and these vary between patients and the area of the injections. First, individual metabolism varies, and this affects the duration of results. Second, the area injected impacts the duration of your results. Areas that have a lot of movement tend to break down the hyaluronic acid in Restylane® faster than areas with little movement. That’s why lip injections don’t last as long as injections for cheek volume loss. The lip area features almost constant movement, while the cheeks don’t move all that much.
When you begin to see the wrinkle or crease begin to return to their former appearance (before your Restylane® injections) that’s when you’ll want to schedule your next session at Imago to maintain your results.
Are there any side effects with Restylane®?
As mentioned above, Restylane® is made primarily with hyaluronic acid. Because hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body to hydrate and firm the skin, allergic reactions are almost unheard of. The common side effects with all dermal fillers are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, tenderness, and itching at the injection sites after your session. Some patients have been known to develop headaches for the first day or two, but this is rare. These side effects are typically mild but may last for up to a week when treating smile and marionette lines.
Occasionally, lumps will form at the injection sites. This is rare, but if it happens, they can be quickly resolved by an injection of hyaluronidase. This is an enzyme that instantly degrades the hyaluronic acid, eliminating the lump.
There isn’t any downtime Restylane®.
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