As time goes on, elasticity and plumpness disappear from the skin, creating undesirable lines and wrinkles on the face. Wrinkles can make a person look older than they feel. Each wrinkle reminds them every day of the years that went by.
Unable to come to terms with the face looking back at them from the mirror, people often suffer from a loss of confidence and self-esteem. They look tired, unhappy, or grumpy all the time, even if they aren’t. Why do these embarrassing creases appear in the first place?
The Skin Changes Over Time
As the skin gets older, it loses its elasticity and ability to retain moisture. In youthful skin, collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are produced and continuously replenished. New skin cells continuously replace the ones that are lost to wear and tear.
With age comes a natural deceleration of these processes. Additionally, the enzymes responsible for breaking up the collagen fibers become more active. Stress, pollution, and excess exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun exacerbate these processes. As the skin thins out and the fat and moisture that gave volume to the face dissipate, wrinkles appear and the skin sags.
To those who wish for a solution, plastic surgery is always an option. But many are not ready to go under the scalpel just yet. Restylane is a non-surgical and highly effective solution that comes as a huge relief to countless people tormented by their facial wrinkles.
Restylane and Its Benefits
Restylane is a specially formulated dermal filler from Galderma. It is a natural and bio-degradable gel product. Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring compound in the body that attracts and retains moisture in the skin, is present in Restylane. The injection of this wrinkle filler not only fills in the age lines but also helps hydrate the skin.
Because hyaluronic acid gradually absorbs moisture, the volumizing effect of Restylane lasts for a long time. Unlike many other similar products that come from animal sources, the hyaluronic acid for Restylane comes from bacteria cultivated in laboratory conditions.
Though it is effective for any area of the face, Restylane is generally used in the regions around the mouth. It is a popular approach for smoothing out wrinkles like the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The nasolabial folds are depressions running from the corners of the nose to the corners of the lips. Marionette lines stretch down from the sides of the mouth towards the jawline. Restylane has also been used for enhancing the lips to make them look fuller.
There are a range of Restylane products available, each with its own unique applications. Dr. Gikas chooses the type of treatment, number of injections, and locations for administering injections. These choices will be made depending upon the requirements and medical history of the patient.
A topical numbing agent is all that is required prior to the treatment, as it is relatively painless. The injections are given using fine needles to minimize any discomfort, and the treatment is quite short.
Make an Appointment to Find Out More
Schedule a Restylane consultation by contacting our office today. For your consultation, you’ll meet with Dr. Elias Gikas, a board-certified plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients.