What are the Restylane family of products used for?
These products can be used to add volume and fullness to the skin, build cheek volume to create a more youthful contour, and to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds), or lines from the corners of the mouth down to the chin (the marionette lines). Restylane may also be used for lip enhancement and reducing vertical lip lines.
Do the injections hurt?
We use a very potent topical numbing agent to numb the skin prior to the injections. The Restylane products also has lidocaine in the syringe with the filler agent, so you will get more numb as the injections are being done. Most people are surprised at how comfortable the treatments are.
How long does the filling effect last?
This varies from person to person, but generally speaking the first time you treat with either product in the lower face (around the mouth area), the results will last around 6 months. If you then repeat your treatment when the results start to dissipate, it usually requires less product, and the results are longer lasting. Areas which are less mobile (such as around the eye area or upper face) require treatment less frequently as the results are longer lasting. Restylane Lyft has a 12 month indication for the midface/cheeks.
Are there specific instructions to follow around the time of my treatment?
You should avoid taking the following medications for at least 7 days prior to your injections to minimize bruising:
– Any type of anti-inflammatory medication – including Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, etc.
– Any type of Omega-3 supplements such as fish oil, flax seed oil, etc.
– Vitamin E.
We also recommend Arnica to help prevent bruising. There is an oral pill and a topical gel form – we recommend you use both. T-Relief is a topical gel with Arnica and many other natural ingredients for healing. Start the pills 3-7 days before your treatment and continue the pills and add the gel afterward until any bruising is gone. This will cut the healing time by half. You can purchase these products at The Village Lane Apothecary, which is located a block South of our office, or most health food stores.
We will send you home with an ice pack. I recommend that you ice the treatment area off and on for at least the first 24-48 hours. This will reduce swelling and bruising – especially the eye area and the lips.
Read more and see before and after photos at www.RestylaneUSA.com.