Restylane is the first and currently the only dermal filler approved by the FDA that is made of a biodegradable hyaluronic acid. This acid is a naturally occurring substance present in all living organisms and provides fullness and volume to one’s skin. Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic filler, immune to allergic reactions and short life spans due to its unique chemical composition. Restylane is primarily used to treat facial wrinkles and fine lines but is also used for lip augmentation and lip enhancement, to reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth, to modify nasolabial folds (under the nose), to correct eye trough deformities and for facial contouring of the cheeks and mouth.
Restylane is produced as a clear gel substance and is injected directly beneath the surface of the skin. The hyaluronic based gel serves to add natural volume and lift to one’s facial skin, resulting in smoother skin and a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Unlike other dermal fillers, Restylane permeates the dermal tissue and naturally binds to water molecules. Through this process, the modified water molecules assist in achieving and maintaining volume, creating a natural appearance. Restylane is eventually degraded by the body and dissolves without any residue or trace. The majority of Chicago Restylane patients experience results up to six months, depending on the patient’s age, skin type and other related factors.
Because of its natural composition, Restylane treatments do not require a skin test. Treatments usually take about 20-30 minutes to perform and treatments are done as in-office treatments. Ideal candidates for Restylane cosmetic treatments are 18 years of age or older and are in good physical and emotional health. Desirable candidates have realistic expectations for what Restylane can and cannot do, are mature enough to fully understand what the procedure entails and are seeking personal enhancement, not perfection.
Because of the extremely short amount of time it takes to perform and the incredible results it has to offer, Restylane cosmetic treatments have dramatically grown in popularity in recent years. It is essential, however, that prospective patients research and fully understand everything the procedure entails, what Restylane can and cannot treat, inherent risks and other related topics. Restylane is a positive option for individuals seeking physical improvement without having to undergo a surgical procedure. Other facial rejuvenation options offered by Dr. Gikas include Chicago Botox and Radiesse injections.
In addition to facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Gikas is also considered a top Chicago tummy tuck specialist for his ability to create ideal body contours.