Did you know one of the main signs of your visible signs of aging is skin laxity associated with the depletion of collagen in the skin? One of the hallmarks of the natural aging process is the slow decline of collagen production during middle adulthood, which eventually leads to less volume in the skin that enables fine lines and wrinkles to form. However, at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL we know that one of the best ways to reverse the visible signs of aging is with dermal fillers like Restylane.
What Should You Avoid Before and After Restylane Treatment?
All dermal fillers involve the same type of care before and after treatment appointments. The most important thing to avoid before and after your Restylane treatment is prolonged and unprotected sun exposure. Not only do the UV rays in the sun cause premature skin aging, including skin laxity and dark spots, but these UV rays can also break down the chemical formula of your filler, which may mean your treatment is less effective or lasts a shorter period of time than expected.
Before your appointment, you must do your best to prepare your skin for treatment. In addition to avoiding unprotected sunlight exposure, you should also avoid the use of any skincare ingredients that may irritate the skin, including acid serums and Retinol. It’s also important that you stop taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements, as this may cause unnecessary bleeding during your treatment appointment. Other things you should avoid before your treatment include:
- Tobacco products
- Spicy and salty foods
- Exfoliating treatments
- Skin injuries
If your skin is broken or infected on the day of your treatment, you will need to reschedule; this includes having fever blisters, cold sores, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea breakouts. We may give you additional preparation instructions to follow before your appointment.
After your appointment, you must do all you can to protect your skin and allow for adequate healing time. Aside from staying out of the sun, you should also avoid unnecessary sweating and excessive exercise. Because the filler formula needs time to be absorbed into your skin, you should also avoid touching, rubbing, or massaging your injection areas. Other steps you should take post-care include:
- No blood-thinning medications and supplements
- No alcohol or tobacco products
- Avoid Retinol and acid products
- No hot water and hot tubs
- No saunas or excessive heat
- Do not use dermal rollers
After your appointment, you should be sure to adequately hydrate, which means drinking at least 48 oz of water. One of the active ingredients in this filler formula functions best in the presence of more water in the skin, so drinking enough water will help your results be more effective. We may give you more post-care instructions to follow after your treatment.
How Soon Will You See Results?
Many people mistakenly assume that the results they see immediately after their treatment appointment are the results of the treatment. however, these temporary results are largely attributed to the amount of water that has been injected into the skin, as well as the thick gel-like formula of the filler. For that reason, do not be alarmed if your initial results being to fade within one to three days of your treatment.
The true results of your treatment will appear over the course of the week following your appointment. Most people will begin to see an improvement in the texture and volume of their skin within five to ten days following a treatment appointment. Your results will continue to prove as collagen is produced in the sub-dermal layers of your skin.
How Long Do Results Last?
The results of this treatment will last varying times depending on where the filler is being used. For example, highly-mobile areas of treatment like the lips may only produce results for six to nine months, while areas that move less frequently, such as the nasolabial area around the nose, can produce results that last up to 18 months. When this filler is used on the cheeks and around the mouth, the results can last for 12 months at a time.
The results of your treatment may last longer if your body continues to produce collagen at a high rate for longer than expected. Those who experience especially long-lasting results are usually those who are younger or who are only experiencing mild to moderate age-related concerns. Likewise, the results of your treatment may last a shorter time if you have particularly severe age-related concerns.
How Frequently Should You Have This Treatment?
You should have this treatment are frequently as required to maintain your results. This means that you should pay attention to the quality of your skin so that you can schedule a follow-up treatment appointment when the first signs of aging begin to show up again. Many people choose to schedule treatment appointments in regular intervals so that they can continue to enjoy the results of this treatment seamlessly, which may mean having a treatment about once a year.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment is a dermal filler, which means it is performed by injecting a special chemical formula into the sub-dermal layers of the skin to restore facial volume. The needles used for this treatment are very thin and the treatment itself resembles a flu shot, except on the face. Most treatment appointments will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete depending on the number of areas that are being treated.
The Importance of Hyaluronic Acid
The true key of this treatment is the main active ingredient in the formula, which is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a special sugar molecule that is naturally produced by the body and found in the sub-dermal layers of the skin. Scientific research has found a significant connection between the presence of hyaluronic acid and collagen within the skin; collagen is more likely to produce in greater quantities when exposed to hyaluronic acid. In this way, the hyaluronic acid formula helps the body naturally produce higher amounts of collagen to reverse the visible signs of aging.
Hyaluronic acid is particularly important to maintain the health and structure of the skin. This special acid is responsible for helping the skin maintain a healthy moisture balance since hyaluronic acid is capable of holding several times its own weight in water. This is why products that contain hyaluronic acid are typically moisturizers or geared toward anti-aging needs.
2. Does This Treatment Hurt?
No, dermal fillers do not hurt. In addition to some filler formulas containing lidocaine, a local anesthetic, it’s a common part of the treatment process to apply a topical numbing cream to the patient’s skin before the appointment. Some patients even like to prepare for this treatment by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol to minimize any potential discomfort during the treatment.
3. What Are Your Restylane Filler Options?
The Restylane family of products has several filler variants that are designed with specific purposes in mind. Some of your filler options will include:
4. Which Filler Is Right for You?
Determining which filler out of the Restylane collection is right for you will depend on what your exact skincare needs are. If you would like to restore facial volume, then the original formula may be your best option; if you want to contour the lips, then the Kysse formula may be the best. We will help you determine which filler variant is most appropriate for your skincare needs.
5. How Much Filler Will You Need?
Most people only need one syringe of this filler to achieve their desired results. This filler comes in two syringe sizes, one that can handle most mild concerns, and one that can handle concerns in multiple areas. The amount of filler required for your treatment will depend on the severity of your skin condition, how many areas are being treated, and your aesthetic goals.
6. How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Most people only require one treatment appointment to reverse the visible signs of aging. Depending on how well your body absorbs the filler, it may be necessary to schedule a touch-up appointment if your desired results aren’t achieved from the first treatment.
7. How Can You Maintain Results?
Maintaining the results of your dermal filler treatment will depend on how well you dedicate yourself to your skin health. Much about maintaining your results is protecting the integrity of the filler formula and taking proactive skincare steps to enhance the health and quality of your skin. The two best practices to focus on include:
You should always wear SPF when you plan to be outside, even if you’re only going outside to check the mail. During the daytime, the best SPF is usually graded 30 or higher. However, if you have fair skin or skin that burns easily, SPF 40 or higher may be more appropriate. Fortunately, many SPF products are also combined with daily moisturizers and BB creams, so you should be able to easily incorporate sun care into your daily routine.
Compatible Skincare Products
You should also be sure to use skincare products that are compatible with your skincare needs. For example, if your concerns are mostly about the visible signs of aging then you may want to use products that are known to help fight against aging. Some of these products include hyaluronic acid, collagen, Retinol and retinoids, and even Vitamin C. If you aren’t sure which skincare products are most compatible with your skin health needs, please let us know so we can guide you to your best options.
8. Who Are Ideal Candidates?
Candidates who are ideal for dermal fillers are those who have mild to moderate age-related concerns, such as skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles. This treatment is particularly helpful for those who want to reduce the signs of aging on the mid-face, especially the areas around the nose, mouth, and eyes, as well as any hollow areas on the cheeks, temples, and eyes.
Ideal candidates include those who are not currently breastfeeding, pregnant, or allergic to any of the ingredients in the filler formula. You may also be a good candidate if you do not have any active skin infections or a history of easy skin scarring. We can further determine your eligibility during your consultation appointment.
Reignite Your Beauty With Restylane Dermal Fillers
You don’t have to live with the visible signs of aging – the right aesthetic treatment can reverse these signs and help you feel radiantly beautiful again. If You think that Restylane is the right dermal filler for your aesthetic goals, please contact Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to schedule your first appointment today.