As part of the aging process, the texture and tone of your skin will change as your body produces less collagen and holds on to less moisture. Although you won’t be able to permanently stop the natural aging process, there are aesthetic treatments that can slow this process down and help you look younger. One such treatment is Restylane, a dermal filler that can be used to refine your appearance at Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA.
How Long Does Restylane Last?
Restylane is a dermal filler that can produce results lasting over one year. Many patients can enjoy consistent results for at least 18 months before requiring a touch-up appointment. This makes the dermal filler one of the most low-maintenance aesthetic treatments available to reduce the visible signs of aging.
Of course, the longevity of your results may be influenced by the severity of your lines and wrinkles, as well as the specific formula being used for your treatment. Sometimes, even lifestyle factors such as stress, exercise, and overall hydration can influence how long the results last.
How Soon Will You See the Results?
One of the lovely things about a dermal filler is that you will be able to see the results of your treatment very soon. Most people will be able to see early results on the same day as their appointment, since a dermal filler will instantly increase the volume of your skin with the injectable formula.
A few days after your treatment, you may see that your results seem to deflate. However, this is part of the process as the dermal filler is absorbed by your skin cells. Your final results will usually develop about seven to 14 days after your initial treatment.
How Does Restylane Work?
This filler works by increasing the volume of your skin with a formula created with artificial hyaluronic acid. By injecting low-volume areas of your skin with this formula, you can immediately increase your skin volume, which will then smooth away the visible signs of aging such as skin laxity, hollow areas, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Your appointment for this injectable treatment will take about 30 minutes or sometimes longer if you’re treating multiple areas. Because this treatment is formulated with lidocaine, it is generally considered very comfortable for most people.
Why Is Hyaluronic Acid Good for the Skin?
The key ingredient to this dermal filler is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule that is used in the body to lubricate joints and hold moisture to skin cells. Although your body naturally produces this acid, as you age, you produce less of the molecule and that can make your skin appear less voluminous and dry.
Hyaluronic acid injectable treatments are good for the skin because they can increase moisture retention, solidify your moisture barrier, and help your skin cells hold on to more water to restore skin volume.
What Are Your Filler Options?
Like many other brands of dermal fillers, Restylane comes in a few different formulations made for specific areas of the face or body. For example, the Silk formula is designed to increase lip volume and reduce the appearance of perioral lines. The Lyft formula is used for both the face and the hands to increase skin volume. The Refyne and Defyne formulations are specifically designed to reduce the appearance of laugh lines, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.
Choosing the right filler option for you will depend on your aesthetic goals, as well as other treatments you may currently be using. For example, if you also want to increase the volume on the back of your hands, the Lyft formulation is typically the best option.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
Before any injectable treatment, you will need to revise the medications and supplements you are taking. You may need to temporarily stop the use of products such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ginkgo, fish oil, and vitamin C for at least a week before your treatment. It can be a good idea to use Arnica Montana tablets to supplement your body’s healing abilities.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, you should not massage any area of the face that has been injected. Instead, it’s best to sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated and to avoid pressure, hot water, or harsh chemicals on the skin.
Although you will be able to go back to work, it’s usually a good idea to avoid strenuous exercise and other kinds of heavy labor for at least 48 hours. You should also avoid wearing makeup for at least 24 hours.
Can You Enhance Your Results?
If you want to have long-lasting results, then you may want to consider methods to enhance your results. Methods to enhance your results will focus on prolonging your anti-aging effects, complimenting your results, and protecting your skin. By enhancing your results, you can enjoy a more comprehensive anti-aging effect.
Some people like to pair dermal fillers such as this one with resurfacing facials, which can include dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, By using a resurfacing facial, you can reduce the appearance of superficial concerns such as sun damage, dark spots, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, and more. Furthermore, some resurfacing facials can moderately stimulate collagen growth, which can further restore the elasticity of your skin.
It may be a good idea to use neurotoxins to improve your results. Although Restylane can be used on virtually all areas of the face, wrinkles and lines on the upper face typically respond better to neurotoxins that relax the muscles. A treatment such as Botox or Dysport can be a good option to correct forehead wrinkles.
The skincare products you use every day can also have a huge impact on your results. In general, if you want to achieve anti-aging results, it’s best to use anti-aging skin care products that are formulated with ingredients such as niacinamide, retinol, hyaluronic acid, and certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin A.
By using skin care products that are formulated for anti-aging, you can increase your skin cellular turnover, reduce hyperpigmentation, and brighten your skin tone. If you aren’t sure which skin care products you should be using, we can make recommendations for you during your appointment.
Finally, sun protection is the key to preventing visible signs of aging from appearing or worsening. The UV rays in the sun can extensively damage skin cells, which can break down hyaluronic acid, elastin, and collagen in the skin more quickly. By protecting your skin from the sun, you are protecting your dermal filler formula and preventing free radicals from creating new wrinkles.
Is There a Best Age for This Treatment?
Many people use dermal fillers to correct the visible signs of aging starting in their 30s or 40s. That said, there is no best age for a dermal filler, particularly because some can be used to augment or contour the face. If you feel like you’ll benefit from a dermal filler, then it’s probably the right time to have a dermal filler treatment.
Why Should You Consider This Treatment?
Aside from the long-lasting results of this treatment, there are several other benefits of using a dermal filler such as this one. For example, hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the skin so this treatment is usually considered low-risk since hyaluronic acid is a hypoallergenic ingredient. Other benefits of this treatment include:
Overall, Restylane can be used on most areas of the face, from around the eyes, to the nose, cheeks, mouth, and chin. The versatility of this treatment means that you can create a comprehensive anti-aging result with only a few injections.
Hyaluronic acid-based formulas for dermal fillers tend to produce natural-looking results. This is because the synthetic hyaluronic acid in the filler formula will draw moisture to the skin, which will naturally increase skin volume. Furthermore, these natural-looking results will also feel natural.
Get Youthful-Looking Skin With Dermal Fillers
If you want to have youthful-looking skin, then you may need a combination of effective skin care products and aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers to correct visible fine lines and wrinkles. A dermal filler such as this one can be used on most areas of the face and can produce results lasting up to 18 months or more. Get in touch with Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA to schedule your initial appointment today.