Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. This sugar hydrates and adds volume to your skin by delivering nutrients, holding water, and acting as cushioning agent.
Due to its useful properties, hyaluronic acid has been used in various fields of medicine for more than 20 years. It has been injected into arthritic joints to aid movement, as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair. In addition, it is dermal cosmetic filler, designed to last longer than collagen, thus being able to provide a longer correction.
Restylane is a smooth cosmetic filler gel made from the naturally occurring sugar, hyaluronic acid. It is widely used to treat wrinkles and folds which result from a loss of volume beneath the skin’s surface. It treats targeted areas such as the perioral lines and nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth. Unlike other dermal fillers that have a more granular consistency gels, Restylane’s smooth consistency gel flows easily into the skin and creates a smooth, natural look and feel.
Using Restylane has minimal side-effects and little downtime. The cosmetic filler is carefully injected under the skin in targeted areas with fine needles. The results are to restore your skin’s volume and to smooth away those moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds. Restylane injections can be performed in Dr. Compton’s office with the use of local anesthesia prior to treatment to minimize any discomfort. Side effects are mild-to-moderate, usually last seven days or less, and may include temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain, firmness, swelling and bumps.
Restylane is the only hyaluronic acid (HA) cosmetic filler with FDA-approval to last up to one year. In addition, it is the first FDA-approved HA dermal filler proven to be safe and effective for persons of color and does not require an allergy test.
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