What is Restylane?
Restylane is a dermal filler product, which contains hyaluronic acid encapsulated in gel particles. A licensed physician must administer this prescription-only product. This dermal filler is FDA-approved. Perhaps best of all, patients say it plumps out lines and wrinkles and can help in reducing some of the visible signs of aging. Goodman Dermatology offers all Resylane soft tissue fillers which include Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, Perlane, and Perlane-L.which include full array of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology treatments for healthy, beautiful skin.
Am I a good candidate for Restylane?
Dr. Marcus B. Goodman discusses the patient’s treatment plan and individual goals before recommending a dermal filler. There are many products and procedures available to patients today. It’s important to establish realistic goals. Dermal fillers won’t add elasticity to the skin or correct loose skin. However, because hyaluronic is naturally present in the human body, it’s highly compatible in most cases. Unlike older fillers, few people experience any problems with hyaluronic acid-based fillers.
What are the types of Restylane I’ve read about?
The formulas vary according to the gel particle size. For instance, Touch contains the smallest-sized particular and is used to treat thin skin and lines surrounding the eyes and mouth. Perlane is the largest-sized particle and is used when correcting the deepest folds or lines or when plumping the lips. Sub adds bulk to the cheeks and chin, and is a contour product. Dermatologists use it to enhance areas or balance planes of the face. Goodman Dermatology offers an array of dermal filler products and treatments.
Why should I consider this treatment?
If lines and wrinkles are present in the face, the treatment will add bulk beneath the skin. This product enhances the face, lips, or even the backs of hands. It’s not made from animal sources, such as bovine cartilage, so the likelihood of sensitivity or immune response triggers are quite low.
Will this product correct my neck sag?
No, unfortunately this product isn’t useful for correcting lax or loose skin, a crepey neck, or similar issues. Plastic surgery procedures, such as facelift, are used to correct aged skin and underlying muscles.
Will I need downtime after receiving this treatment?
Most patients need no downtime after receiving a dermal filler treatment. Minimal anesthetic is needed to prepare the skin for filler injections. The dermatologist is likely to offer patients an ice pack prior to treatment and immediately after. Some patients use a bit of arnica gel immediately after to reduce redness or potential bruising. However, it’s probable that most patients can pat a tiny bit of concealer over the treatment site and return to work, go out to dinner, or enjoy an evening out.
How long does the treatment take?
Patients are evaluated for the treatment during an office visit. If the patient is deemed a good candidate for the procedure, Goodman Dermatology prepares a treatment plan. Although the time may vary according to how much dermal filler is used in treatment, most patients report the procedure takes about thirty minutes. It’s possible to get a dermal filler treatment done before work or on a lunch hour.
Is this treatment going to cause discomfort?
Most patients don’t experience meaningful pain during a dermal filler treatment. Restylane is administered as an outpatient procedure and many dermatologists use little or no anesthetic before the treatment is injected. The treatment area is cleansed with antiseptic before the dermal filler is injected the dermatologist can apply a mild or topical lotion or gel to reduce pain sensations. There can be some mild swelling at the treatment site for a few hours to one day for most patients. A small number of patients report slight swelling for about seven days. Results are visible very quickly.
Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to this treatment?
A highly allergic individual may be allergic to almost any product, so it’s important to discuss these concerns during an office consultation. However, allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid-based treatments are very rare.
Are the results from the treatment permanent?
No, the treatment offers temporary results only. The average patient returns for dermal filler injections every five to six months. The body naturally contains hyaluronic acid and reabsorbs the dermal filler gel particles. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University write that use of dermal fillers can actually prevent some lines and wrinkles from forming. It doesn’t remove existing wrinkles from the skin.
Are there any major risks to this product I should know about?
Hyaluronic-based fillers approved by the FDA are very safe to use. An experienced cosmetic dermatologist performs this procedure often and side effects, such as swelling or slight bruising, are short-lived.
This treatment option sounds great. Why don’t most patients use dermal fillers like this one?
Dermal filler treatments for lines and wrinkles aren’t covered by most insurance plans. Many patients are delighted when they learn how long-lasting the treatments are. They report that the results are subtle: not even close friends or family members are usually able to determine what’s different. Some patients say they hear “You look really rested,” or “Have you lost some weight?” quite often.
The desire for clear, healthy, beautiful skin is something we all share. Cosmetics claiming to cover lines and wrinkles can’t compete with today’s dermal fillers.
Goodman Dermatology offers a full array of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology treatments for healthy, beautiful skin. Patients in search of an award-winning dermatologist in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and throughout metro Atlanta should contact Goodman Dermatology at (770) 754-0787.