Restylane is a cosmetic dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that exists naturally in the human body. It is for this reason that allergy testing is not required. Restylane helps replenish the volume that the skin and lips lose through aging.
Restylane is approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Many people use Restylane to treat the lines that form from the nose to the corners of the mouth, known as nasolabial folds. Restylane can also be used to fill-in other facial wrinkles and folds, or to lightly plump and/or define the lips. The results last for about 8-10 months for most people — which is about twice as long as collagen. Restylane treatments are typically scheduled twice a year.
WHAT CAUSES WRINKLES AND FOLD IN THE SKIN?
One factor involved in the development of facial wrinkles is the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that provides skin with flexibility and volume. As we age, our skin begins to lose some of its hyaluronic acid, which decreases the skin’s volume and increases the speed at which wrinkles and folds occur.
IS RESTYLANE SAFE?
Restylane is one of the most researched products of its kind (dermal fillers). Restylane has been used for over a decade and has a wealth of published studies that indicate its effectiveness and safety. Restylane is FDA approved, and is available in over 70 countries. It has been used in well over 1 million treatments in the United States. Though patients with a history of sensitivity to gram-positive bacterial proteins may need to check with their physician before treatment, there are no animal proteins in the compound and therefore there is no allergy testing required.
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO GET RESTYLANE?
You will begin seeing results shortly after your first treatment, and results have been documented in clinical studies to last for up to 18 months. For most, it lasts around 8-10 months, give or take. Results are unique to each individual and the doctor will be able to evaluate your progress before deciding when another treatment should be administered.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I COME TO YOUR OFFICE FOR RESTYLANE?
Usually numbing cream or numbing injections are used, depending on patient preference. So, you may need to wait for the numbing to take effect. Results are fairly immediate and no downtime is required. Most people experience a little swelling or redness for a few hours afterward. In some, minor redness, swelling or bruising can last for several days or even up to a week, though it’s our experience that this is rare.
WHY DOES IT MATTER WHO DOES MY RESTYLANE IN LOS ANGELES?
Anyone with a nursing credential and some training can perform injectable services. We keep our prices very competitive, while offering expert injections by Dr. Elhosn. The difference lies in years of specialized aesthetic training, level of experience, physical skill, and an eye for getting a good result that looks natural. With years of experience in injectable treatments, Dr. Elhosn is able to effectively gauge the amount of dermal filler to use, the brand/type and exactly where to put it to make it look great.
Lip Augmentation With Restylane Kysse
Beautiful lips are something everyone wants and now everyone can have. Lip enhancement has gained much popularity over the past two decades. Patients desire fuller, more sensuous yet natural lips. Patients who come to see us for lip augmentation fall into two categories: those who desire more voluptuous lips and individuals who want to restore a more youthful shape. Fuller lips are sought out by younger patients. The latter group is treated using our “Cupid’s Bow Lip” technique. The Cupid’s bow lip is the V-shaped area in the center of the upper lip along with the philtral columns that go up to the base of the nose. However, all lip treatments are individualized for each patient’s special needs.
Lips should be treated by first determining what should be enhanced. Is it more definition? Is it a fuller body of the lip that is desired? Each is treated differently. Just like putting on lipstick. The lips are first outlined by enhancing the border, akin to lip liner. This is followed by filling the body of the lip for volume.
Gravity eventually takes a toll on every part of the body, even the lips. As we get older, the upper lip loses not only volume, but firmness and definition. As a result, the Cupid’s bow, a signifier of youth and beauty, is lost, leaving an undefined, flat line in its place.
As in all areas of cosmetic surgery and enhancement, there are a number of ways to recreate beautiful lips. A consultation with Dr. Elhosn will help determine the best treatment for you. There are a number of substances that can be injected into the lips to make them fuller.
For truly aesthetically perfect lips, the lower lip should be at least 1 1/2 times the size of the upper lip. That is the way medical books on aesthetic surgery and beauty experts alike define it; that’s what the well-informed patient desires, to achieve natural – yet enhanced – glamorous lips.
Lip treatment options:
Hyaluronic acid substances like Restylane Kysse have become the most popular lip enhancing substances in our practice due to the simplicity of placement. Restylane Kysse is a slightly thinner hyaluronic product that is very forgiving. What you see is what you get, there is no need for over or under-correction. This product is perfect for achieving a plumper yet subtle enhancement to your lips.