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What you should know about Restylane

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No one really likes to look their age now, do they? However, not everyone is willing to go under the knife either. Fortunately, there is a way to regain a youthful appearance without undergoing surgery and that is by resorting with dermal fillers and wrinkle fillers, all done on an outpatient basis. There have been many types over the years, but one has stood out from all the rest: Restylane.

If you want to erase those wrinkles and fine lines but do not wish to have surgery, call Dr. Carter today for a consultation about the wonders of Restylane wrinkle fillers.

What exactly is Restylane?

While it was originally just used for lip injections, it has recently been approved by the FDA for use as dermal filler as well. Made up of hyaluronic acid, which is created from non-animal sources, it restores volume and fullness to the skin. Restylane is injected directly into the folds created by the skins aging and sagging.

Since it is made from a chemical that is naturally found in skin, it is completely hypoallergenic and no allergy testing will be needed before use. Its use boosts the moisturizing effect within the skin and bonds with the skin’s own moisture, increasing the volume underneath the skin and filling all the lines and wrinkles throughout.

How is it used?

The smooth gel is injected directly into the sub dermal tissues of the face with a fine needle to smooth out the skin’s appearance. It literally fills up the wrinkles with the body’s own water, which is drawn to each area by the gel. The complete effect restores the skin’s natural glow, improving the texture, tone and overall health of the skin around the injection site.

Often compared to collagen, it does not have the same effects as the older treatment. Collagen was used superficially, injected just below the surface to fill in areas like the lips and facial wrinkles, where it would later be absorbed into the tissues, making for a very temporary effect. Restylane, however, is injected much more deeply and has a longer lasting effect before it is absorbed by the body.

Preparing for Treatment

The good news is, unlike some other wrinkle fillers, this product requires no allergenic pre-testing, which would often consist of injecting it into test sites on the arms to gauge whether the patient would have an allergic reaction.

This does not mean that there are no precautions used in conjunction with Restylane. Before beginning treatment, patients should avoid using aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications or Vitamin E supplements, mostly because these products have been known to thin the blood and increase bruising and bleeding at the injection sites.

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