As your skin ages and comes into contact with environmental pollutants, the elements, and UV rays, your body’s ability to manufacture hyaluronic acid within your skin diminishes.
Hyaluronic acid is an important component of healthy, youthful skin, which draws moisture into it for a plumping effect.
As your natural hyaluronic acid levels decline and your body slows its production of it, your skin becomes drier and more susceptible to the formation of wrinkles that can give away your age.
Fortunately, a treatment with Restylane can restore the hyaluronic acid levels of your skin, leading to a reversal of much of the aging that it has undergone. This injectable product is able to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles so that you look like a significantly younger version of yourself.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is a collection of hyaluronic acid facial fillers delivered via injection. After it is injected, its ingredients go to work to fill in lines and wrinkles on the face.
Restylane is not an individual treatment. It is an entire family of products, each of which is suitable for treating a different part of the face or lips.
Restylane injections are suitable for the treatment of the following:
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Accordion lines
- Cheek area
- Neck and décolletage
The best candidates for treatment with Restylane are those who are in good overall health with some signs of facial aging, or thinning lips that could use some plumping.
Anyone with an ongoing skin infection in the area requiring injections would need to resolve their condition before undergoing treatment with Restylane.
The average cost of a Restylane injection is between $500 and $700, although the cost of your individual treatment can vary, depending upon factors like your geographic area and individual provider.
Refyne and Defyne
Refyne and Defyne are the newest members of the Restylane product line. They are specially formulated facial fillers containing hyaluronic acid. They are used specifically for the correction of smile lines, sometimes called “marionette lines.”
One distinction between the two products is that Restylane Defyne is normally used for correcting moderate to severe smile lines, while Restylane Refyne is mainly for the treatment of mild to moderate lines and wrinkles. But when it comes to results, both types provide long-lasting results of up to 12 months.
As your skin becomes less elastic because of aging, some facial lines start becoming more prominent. In particular, lines running from the corners of your mouth to the chin, and those that run from the corners of the mouth to the sides of the nose, tend to become more defined. This makes them perfect for treatment with Refyne and Defyne, since these products are more appropriate for facial areas that experience more movement.
Lyft is known for being an amazingly versatile facial filler appropriate for treating moderate to severe skin wrinkles and folds. Patients commonly use it to create additional volume in the area of the cheeks and to banish smile lines around the mouth. It also works for filling in hollow or sunken temples.
Although fillers are often used off-label to smooth wrinkles around the lips, and to enhance the lips, Restylane Silk is actually the only product that the FDA has approved for this purpose.
Getting older tends to lead to a loss of volume in the lips. Formerly plump lips grow thinner and start losing shape. And don’t forget about those annoying wrinkles and creases that start appearing around the mouth and lips, making it look as if you’re always frowning.
Restylane Silk is helpful for those who have naturally thin lips that they would like to be more volumous and pouty. Due to its small particle size, Restylane Silk is also great for the correction of volume loss in the upper eyelid and eyebrow area.
The main difference between Restylane-L and the other line of filler products is that this one contains lidocaine, which is an anesthetic used to minimize the sting of the injection.
Restylane Contour is the only cheek filler available today using proprietary XpresHAn technology for the restoration of your natural cheek contours and rejuvenation of your facial appearance.
Restylane Kysee is appropriate for anyone looking to add volume to unpleasantly thin lips, whether due to genetics or the aging process. The product has been found to create an improvement in lip fullness, while also requiring significantly less product than other lip fillers.
Recovery and Results
There is very little recovery time needed after Restylane injections, as this is a minimally invasive treatment that does not disturb the skin very much. You may experience some minor redness and tenderness at the site of injections for a day or two.
The results of your Restylane treatment can last for up to a year or more, depending upon which product in the Restylane family that you were treated with.