At Perfect Skin Center in Scottsdale, AZ, we know that hyaluronic acid and collagen are the keys to youthful skin, which is why we offer Restylane products, a collection of dermal fillers designed to smooth wrinkles in just a few quick injections. The signs of aging used to be just a fact of life, but thanks to dermal fillers like these, now they’re completely optional. There is a solution to aging, and we want to tell you all about it.
Does Restylane Build Collagen?
While Restylane is not a collagen-stimulating filler in and of itself, it does stimulate collagen production. It works with your body’s healing processes to stimulate collagen production in your problem areas so that not only do you have fewer wrinkles, but your body will be working hard to naturally smooth your wrinkles over time.
The Link Between Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen Production
Restylane helps builds collagen with its main ingredient: hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a compound that the body produces naturally. It is a water-retaining compound that keeps your skin moisturized from the very top layer to the deeper subdermal layers. It holds more than twice its weight in moisture content, which is why it is so beneficial to the skin.
When skin cells have all of the hydration they need, your skin appears healthier, it has elasticity, and it has volume. With the aging process comes a natural decline in hyaluronic acid production, and your skin loses volume as a result. This family of fillers contains a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid that matches what the body produces naturally, yet the key is that this hyaluronic acid can also help feed the collagen present in your skin.
Dermal Fillers and Increased Collagen
Hyaluronic acid helps increase collagen production, but when the body produces less of it, there is a ripple effect, which leads to less collagen production. When you use dermal fillers like Restylane that contain hyaluronic acid, you deliver pure hyaluronic acid directly to your skin, and its presence below your skin’s surface can feed collagen and help your body produce more.
You’ll get the instant benefit of smooth, wrinkle-free skin as well as the long-term benefit of increased collagen that will give you more youthful-looking skin in the long run.
What Is Restylane?
Restylane is a collection of dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid that treats the signs of aging in the lower half of the face. These fillers can improve the appearance of nasolabial folds, augment the lips, erase smile lines, enhance the cheeks by adding volume, fill hollow areas beneath the eyes, and help smooth other facial wrinkles.
Is There Any Downtime?
While you will have to follow some aftercare instructions for approximately one week post-treatment, you won’t have to take any time off of work. Within a week post-treatment, you can resume your normal skincare routine and apply your anti-aging products again.
How Long Does It Take To Notice Results?
Once you are injected with this dermal filler, you will notice an immediate improvement in the appearance of your problem areas. However, it does take approximately one to two weeks to experience the final results. During this time, the ingredients in Restylane will be working on blending seamlessly below your skin surface to provide a smooth yet voluminous skin texture.
Results will continue to improve as collagen production increases below your skin’s surface, and you will see the most dramatic change in your appearance within six to twelve weeks of your initial treatment. Results might appear sooner if you chose to treat more minor signs of aging in your skin.
How Long Will Results Last?
When you choose one of these dermal fillers to enhance your features or address skin concerns, you can expect those results to last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. This particular product line delivers long-lasting results, so you will get to enjoy smooth and voluminous skin for at least a full year.
Those who choose to treat mild signs of aging may experience results that last even longer. The total length of time that your results last depends on how quickly your body responds to the ingredients and when it chooses to metabolize them.
Will I Need Multiple Treatments?
Typically, patients only require one treatment to achieve their desired results. Some patients choose to schedule a follow-up treatment to add additional filler to help meet their aesthetic goals a few weeks after their first treatment.
What Happens During Treatment?
Your treatment will begin with an in-person consultation at our office, during which we will evaluate your skin condition and your problem areas. We will also learn more details about you, your health history, and any past experience you’ve had with dermal fillers. We will discuss your expectations regarding the treatment and your results and answer any questions you may have about this product, the process, and what you can expect.
Preparing for Your Appointment
At this point, we will provide you with a list of instructions on how to prepare for your treatment. These directions should be followed for three to five days before your appointment to ensure optimal results. You may be asked to discontinue the use of certain products, including retinol or anti-aging topicals that contain acids.
We will also provide you with a list of herbal supplements to temporarily avoid as well as specific anti-inflammatory medications that act as blood thinners. We also ask that patients call us in advance and reschedule their appointment if they develop a cold sore in the treatment area prior to their appointment.
Your Treatment Day
When you arrive for your appointment, we will take the necessary steps to prepare your skin for treatment. We will clean your skin to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup which will help sanitize your skin and remove any bacteria. Then, your injector will apply a topical numbing cream to your skin to make sure that you remain comfortable during your treatment.
Once your skin has gone numb, your injector will mark the planned injection sites with a skin pen. Once your skin is prepared, your injector will administer a series of injections into your problem areas. During your consultation, we can provide you with a better idea of how many units are necessary to help you achieve your desired results.
Caring for Your Skin Post-Treatment
After your treatment is complete, your injector will provide you with a complete list of aftercare instructions. We will typically ask that you follow these directives for three days after your appointment. To ensure the best results, you should continue to avoid certain herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning medications. We will also direct you to avoid excess sun exposure and wear an SPF of 30 or higher during the day, regardless of the forecast.
Additionally, you should avoid strenuous exercises that cause excessive sweating or your body temperature to increase after your appointment. You should also avoid heat sources like hot tubs and saunas. As the filler settles below your skin’s surface, you should avoid rubbing, massaging, and touching the areas. This will ensure that the filler remains in the optimal locations so that you get the best results.
What Are the Benefits of This Filler?
Patients choose Restylane to meet their anti-aging needs because it offers many different benefits. It is a minimally invasive treatment that does not require an extended amount of downtime, and it delivers quick results in just one treatment.
It Delivers Natural-Looking Results
Since this dermal filler contains a natural substance that is already found in your body that helps keep the skin youthful, it delivers natural-looking results. Your face will still retain the ability to move post-treatment, and you won’t have to treat your skin differently once you receive injections. You will get natural-looking results that make you look more youthful and well-rested.
This treatment is versatile in that it can both address the signs of aging and enhance the features. Those who want to do both can easily do so with different formulations that target different needs. It can smooth smile lines, add volumes to the cheeks, and restore volume in hollow areas around the eyes. It can also augment the lips and restore youth to the hands.
A Skin Test Is Not Required
There are some dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables that require that you undergo a skin test before officially confirming that you are a candidate for treatment. With this particular dermal filler, you will not need to undergo a skin test which means you can receive immediate treatment once we confirm this is the right option for you.
You will not have to wait weeks before finding out the results of your skin test, but instead, we can get to work on solving your skin and aging issues as soon as possible.
The Results Are Long-Lasting
Many skincare treatments require that you return for follow-up treatments within a month or so to maintain those results. The benefit of this particular group of fillers is that it delivers results that will last a calendar year or longer. We won’t have to constantly schedule appointments to maintain that youthful look. Touchup appointments are few and far between.
Not only does this product line deliver results, but it is also a safe option for those who want to enhance their features or improve the signs of aging. It is FDA-approved to restore volume to the face. It has been tested through various clinical trials and has been determined to be a safe option for those who don’t want to let their face be defined by the aging process.
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for this treatment are adults over the age of 21 who are in good health and want to increase their confidence by improving their appearance. If you want to create natural, subtle-looking changes in your appearance to smooth the signs of aging and restore volume to your skin, you are most likely a good candidate for this treatment. Ideal candidates want to:
- Erase smile lines
- Restore volume to their skin
- Fill in hollow areas in the cheeks and below the eyes
- Address nasal labial folds or other facial lines and wrinkles
Smooth, Wrinkle-Free Skin Is Just an Appointment Away
You can age gracefully, thanks to dermal fillers like this one. If you want the freedom to smile without worrying about deepening your smile lines or restore volume that has been lost due to the aging process, don’t wait another day before experiencing this treatment. Contact the experts at Perfect Skin Center in Scottsdale, AZ, to learn more about the different Restylane fillers and how they can improve your appearance and your confidence.