When we’re young, looking in the mirror is a quick, confidence-boosting and fun event. We love the way our skin looks and feels, so we give ourselves a quick glance to make sure we’re still fresh, smile and move one. But something happens as we age—looking in the mirror can be disheartening and discouraging. If you’re ready to do something about the wrinkles, folds and loss of volume you’re experiencing, call Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to discuss how Restylane can change your life.
What Is Restylane?
Restylane belongs to a family of injectable treatments called dermal fillers, designed to temporarily reduce or eliminate the appearance of moderate to severe facial lines, wrinkles, folds and lost volume in the face and hands. This FDA-approved dermal filler is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar your body produces to keep your connective tissue, eyes, and skin lubricated and hydrated.
Why Is Hyaluronic Acid Important?
Hyaluronic acid works hand in hand with the proteins collagen and elastin to keep our skin smooth, plump and supple. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water, so it’s essential for keeping our skin healthy and hydrated. Collagen is an abundant protein in our bodies, and particularly our skin, that provides a strong foundation for cell regeneration.
In our middle layers of skin, or the dermis, the fibrous protein collagen works with elastin to keep our skin strong and in place. Elastin is a flexible protein that ensures our skin bounces back after being stretched. When a younger person rubs the skin under their eyes, it goes right back into place; but there’s a reason your mother warned you to stop pulling on the skin under your eyes. Eventually, you lose elastin and that skin will form wrinkles.
When we’re young, we have all three powerhouses in spades, making us feel our skin will never age. In our 20s, however, our production of all three slows and steadily declines each year after.
What Causes Our Faces to Lose Volume?
Think of collagen as the scaffolding on which healthy cells regenerate. As we age and production declines, the structure of our dermis begins to
falter and weaken, allowing small pockets or “potholes” to form. Gravity causes our skin to fall into those pockets, creating wrinkles, folds and larger areas of lost volume.
This is the natural aging process, so there isn’t anything we can do to avoid it. Genetics can play a role in how quickly and drastically this happens. If your family naturally produces less collagen, there’s an unfortunate likelihood you will too, so you may show signs of aging faster than others.
There are lifestyle choices we make that will expedite the loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Avoid the following to ensure you maintain your production as long as possible:
- Unprotected sun exposure and sun damage
- Drinking alcohol to excess
- An unhealthy diet of too much sugar and processed food
- A sedentary lifestyle with too little exercise
- Unmanaged long-term stress
- Consistent lack of sufficient sleep
How Restylane Can Help
This dermal filler works to restore volume to areas where the loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid has left its mark. This injectable dermal filler is a smooth, transparent gel that is injected directly into areas that need volume.
Folds and Wrinkles
This is the number one reason people are seeking this treatment. Over time, our faces can become a roadmap for the expressions we’ve made. When we are left with the permanent etching of these expressions, like frown lines, it can give other people the impression that we’re angry or upset when we’re not.
Restylane can be injected in these lines, folds, and wrinkles to add kimmediate volume, temporarily diminishing or eliminating the appearance of these etched marks. What we’re left with is smooth and plump skin that looks natural and never “over-done”. People will notice how rested and youthful you look instead of noticing any work you’ve had done.
There are several areas where these wrinkles and folds can bother us, so where you choose to have this treatment is solely dependent on where you want results. This treatment can effectively address:
- Frown lines
- Nasolabial folds or laugh lines that run from your nose to the corners of your mouth
- Crow’s feet
- Chin wrinkles
- Marionette lines from the corners of your mouth down your chin
- Tear troughs under the eyes
- Forehead lines
It’s not only wrinkles that lost volume can cause. There are larger areas of the face where age can cause us to lose contour and look hollow. Cheekbones that used to be prominent and strong can look flattened and deflated. This treatment can act as a “face-lift in a bottle” and restore volume and height to your cheekbones, giving you back the enviable bone structure you used to have (or have always wanted).
The fat pads under our cheeks responsible for the apple shape when we smile will lose volume as we lose the structure of collagen underneath. When used by an expert, these injections can restore a youthful contour to our cheeks and our cheekbones.
Gravity pulls our soft tissues down as we age, which can leave us with jowls. Because these are also made more apparent by the lost volume over the bone of our chin, adding volume to the chin can smooth the appearance of jowls and take away the aging effect they have on our looks.
We’re not all born with the set of full lips we see on celebrities and models, but most of them weren’t born with it, either. Our lips thin as we age, and the structure of collagen below them weakens, so if you started with thinner lips to begin with, it might leave you with a shapeless appearance riddled with lines.
This treatment can be used in multiple ways on the lips and mouth area. First, it can add volume to thin or thinning lips to give you supple and natural-looking plumpness that we associate with youth. If you have vertical lines around your mouth, you know how frustrating wearing lipstick or gloss can be. It can feather and bleed onto the surrounding skin. This treatment can plump those lines up so they’re no longer visible, giving you definition between your lips and skin.
Over time, gravity can tug at the corners of our mouth, causing them to become down-turned. This can give us the appearance of being sad, upset or angry when our faces are at rest. In the right hands, this treatment can sculpt the corners of the mouth and upturn them, instantly changing our resting expression to a happier, more positive one. People love this treatment for the natural-looking, total lip transformation it can achieve.
We often overlook how much our hands can betray our age. These are one of the most visible parts of our bodies and often go unprotected against the sun and everyday pollutants. This causes the collagen in them to break down quickly, leaving us with visible bones, ligaments, and veins. Losing collagen can make our already thinner skin wrinkle, particularly around our knuckles.
This treatment can help your hands regain their youth and match how it has transformed your face. Why take time and care to restore youth to your face only to have your hands appear hollow and aged? You can enjoy the appearance and feel of youthful, supple hands again.
What to Expect
When you and your doctor have determined Restylane is the right treatment for your various areas of concern, you don’t have any preparation to do, unlike more invasive procedures. Most doctors will ask you to stop taking supplements like vitamin E and fish oil as well as over-the-counter medications like Aleve, Motrin, Advil, and aspirin because they’re blood-thinning. When you stop taking these for about a week before treatment, it will reduce the low likelihood of bruising.
To start your appointment, your doctor will apply numbing cream or lotion to the areas of injection to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process. Then, a series of small injections will be made to add volume to the treatment areas. Because results are immediate, your doctor can see his progress the entire time, which allows him to make adjustments as he goes. You’ll also be able to see the transformation and give your feedback so you achieve the perfect results for you.
Afterward, you can resume your normal routine. This is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment that requires no downtime and little to no aftercare. You should stay out of direct sunlight and avoid other treatments that use direct heat for a few days or as your doctor directs.
The results of these treatments are what make them so popular. You will walk into the office showing all the signs of aging that bother you and walk out totally rejuvenated and youthful-looking. Because this dermal filler is made of hyaluronic acid, the results are smooth and natural-looking but can still produce dramatic results.
Depending on the areas treated and which version of this dermal filler is used, results can last between six months for the back of the hands, up to a year for areas of the face with lost volume and up to 18 months for moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.
Results are different for each client and depend on factors like your body’s metabolic rate, your age, the areas to be treated, and your lifestyle. Your doctor can give you a good idea of how long you can expect results and recommend a follow-up session schedule to give you continuous results.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Most healthy adult men and women who are concerned with the signs of aging are good candidates for this treatment. Only your doctor can determine which treatment is right for you based on your areas of concern and the desired outcome. This treatment may only be a part of the treatment plan developed for you.
There are other treatments that can address other concerns you have about your appearance, so be sure to discuss each one with your doctor. Other areas to address may be:
- Skin laxity
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Age spots
- Acne scarring
- Sun damage
- Dull complexion
- Fine lines
Choosing the Right Doctor
The most important decision you have to ensure a positive outcome is choosing the right doctor. Call the office of Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to schedule a consultation with the expertly trained and experienced Dr. Hanna and his compassionate, impeccably trained staff. We believe when you are once again confident in your appearance and natural beauty, you will enjoy a renewed sense of happiness and satisfaction of life. We can’t wait to help you achieve that.