When you are young, your body produces substances such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin plump, smooth, and elastic. As you age, the production of these substances can start to wane, leaving you with skin that feels thin and has more fine lines and wrinkles. While you can minimize these effects by protecting your skin from the sun, limiting stress, and having a good skincare routine, you may still start to see the effects of age over time.
While you can feel good about yourself at any age, you may be looking for a way to restore your skin and make it feel smooth and plump again. At Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery, we offer Restylane products to help people who want to achieve smoother skin without facelift surgery or other invasive procedures. Here are some of the most common questions we are asked about Restylane.
1. What Is Restylane?
Restylane is a series of hyaluronic fillers that can be used in many different areas of the face and hands to fill in wrinkles, minimize fine lines, and bring fullness back into lips, hands, cheeks, and more.
The formula used in Restylane is hyaluronic acid which is one of the substances that your body naturally produces when you are younger. With different formulations, we can target various areas of your face to help you achieve a more youthful look. Some of the Restylane fillers also include lidocaine to help with comfort during the treatment.
2. Who Can Benefit From Restylane?
If you want a product that targets smile lines, hands, lips, cheeks, or the midface, Restylane fillers could be a good choice for you. These products can help you to appear younger without losing the natural movement of your face.
Restylane products should only be used by people who are over 21 years of age. A good candidate for the treatment is someone who is in good overall health, is not on blood thinners, and doesn’t have any serious allergies to drugs. If you have a sensitivity to lidocaine, you can talk to us to find a Restylane solution that does not have lidocaine as part of the formula. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you are not a good candidate for Restylane products.
3. Are Restylane Products FDA Approved?
Several Restylane products are FDA approved for specific uses. Restylane Lyft is FDA approved for use in the back of the hands, the cheeks, and the midface. Restylane Silk is FDA approved for plumping up the lips and reducing wrinkles around the mouth. This product is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic filler on the market for treating the hands and face.
4. What Are the Different Restylane Products Used For?
With every treatment, you’ll work with us to build a customized plan for your skin with the products that we recommend. However, here are some of the most common applications of the different Restylane products.
- Restylane Silk: The smoothest and most precise of all the Restylane products, Restylane Silk is most often used to add volume to the lips.
- Restylane Lyft: This product is commonly used in the cheeks, back of the hand, or the middle of the face.
- Restylane Defyne: This product is often used to help with smile lines above the mouth, and marionette lines below the mouth.
- Restylane Refyne: Restylane Refyne can also be used for lines around the mouth or in the corners of the mouth.
5. What Does a Typical Restylane Treatment Look Like?
Treatment times can vary depending on how many areas we are treating. However, the average time is 30 minutes to one hour. Before your treatment appointment, you’ll spend time with us to let us know your goals so that we can recommend specific products and treatments. We’ll also take a basic medical history to make sure the treatment will be safe for you. We apply topical anesthetics and then inject the filler into the desired locations.
6. What Can You Expect After Your Treatment?
After your treatment, you won’t have to expect a long recovery time. Many people feel comfortable going back to work or resuming their routine right away. However, you can expect some swelling and bruising, and you may experience itching at the injection sites. These effects should go away within a week of your appointment or two weeks after Restylane lip fillers.
7. Does Restylane Need to Be Administered by a Professional?
Restylane is a medical product that should only be administered by a specialist who is qualified to work with hyaluronic fillers.
8. How Long Does Restylane Last?
Some people see the results that they are looking for after one initial treatment. However, we recommend a follow-up appointment for certain situations. After your treatment, you may want to schedule maintenance appointments since the effects of Restylane treatments can start to diminish after 6, 12, or 18 months depending on the area treated.
9. Does Insurance Cover Restylane Treatments?
As an elective treatment, Restylane is not covered by insurance. However, you can consider financing options if you want to spread the payments out and make them more manageable for you.
10. How Can You Recover Faster After Treatment?
You can begin your fast recovery before you even arrive for your appointment. A few days before your treatment, take care of your skin by gently washing it and applying a light moisturizer. The day before your appointment as well as after, stay away from alcohol or caffeine which can both act as blood thinners and make bruising more pronounced. After the treatment, you can ice the area, making sure to not apply it directly to the skin and for no longer than 15 minutes.
If you want to plump up the skin on your face, hands, or lips without a long recovery, you can talk to us about Restylane. At Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery, we offer Restylane lip fillers and other Restylane products in Palm Beach, FL. Call us today for more information!