Restylane® is a safe dermal filler that is used to add volume to the skin and correct facial wrinkles and folds like the folds that occur from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth (nasolabial fold). Restylane® is a biodegradable, non-animal based, hyaluronic acid used as a dermal filler to restore volume and fullness to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body. Restylane® is completely biocompatible and, among all dermal fillers used today, has one of the longest track records for being safe. Also in the Restylane® family of products is Perlane® dermal filler which is very similar but has a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid and is used for deeper folds.
Unlike Botox® Cosmetic which softens wrinkles by working on the underlying muscles, Restylane® works directly on the skin by filling in the wrinkle or adding volume to a region of the face, as in lip augmentation. Restylane® dermal filler is not permanent; it is slowly broken down and absorbed by the body. This process takes 6-12 months but depends on the location treated and the injection technique. For instance, injections to soften the groove below the lower eyelid can last much longer than 1 year, whereas injections into the lips can dissipate in less than 6 months. Having a second treatment before the product has fully dissipated may enhance the effect and require a much smaller amount for the second treatment.
Dr. Hovsepian most commonly uses Restylane® for treating the lips, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, frown lines, forehead lines, hollows above and below the eyelids, and hollows in the temporal area just outside of the eyebrows. Restylane® dermal filler can also be used to raise the eyebrows, soften the chin fold, improve the appearance of acne scars, improve nasal deformities, and treat various contour deformities from trauma, surgery, or syndromes of soft tissue atrophy.
Restylane® is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with the use of a very fine needle. Prior to treatment, the area is made numb with a topical or injectable anesthetic and no sedation or heavy anesthesia is required. When you meet with Dr. Hovsepian in his Beverly Hills or Newport Beach office, he will assess your needs carefully before guiding you toward an aesthetic enhancement plan that matches your desires. For some patients, it may be more appropriate to combine Restylane® with another skin care or rejuvenation treatment.
Dr. Hovsepian is dedicated to providing premier-quality, individualized care through science-based treatments like Restylane®. To take the first steps in achieving your aesthetic goals, please request your consultation online or by telephone.