Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body. One of its roles is to keep the skin hydrated, elastic and firm. As we age, the supply of hyaluronic acid within the body diminishes. Restylane treatments replenish hyaluronic acid and moisture levels within the skin. Restylane is extremely safe: over the past fifteen years, Restylane has been used in no less than twelve million treatments across the globe.
Which areas can be treated?
Hyaluronic acid can be used to treat all kinds of wrinkles, such nasolabial folds (nose to mouth) and marionette lines (leading down from the corners of the mouth). Lip lines and wrinkles on the cheeks can also be nicely corrected using hyaluronic acid. So too can lips and tear troughs be filled.
There are six Restylane products. They each differ from the next in size and form of the hyaluronic acid particles, and each have a specific application:
- Restylane Vital and Vital Light – improve skin condition
- Restylane – for lines and lip contouring
- Restylane Perlane – for deeper lines and volume
- Restylane Lip Volume – for lip volume
- Restylane SubQ – to restore facial volume
Restylane is injected in or under the skin by means of small injections. Depending on the area and extent of the treatment, an anaesthetic cream or gel may be applied to the skin beforehand. Treatments usually last between 15 and 30 minutes and produce instant results.
One of the properties of Restylane is that it promotes the production of new collagen in the skin. To take advantage of this, your practitioner may recommend a course of treatments. Sessions will be spread over a number of months to allow the skin time to produce new collagen, thereby enhancing the results of the subsequent treatment further.