What Is Restylane Used for?

Navigating the world of dermal fillers can be a complex journey. There are a myriad of options available, but at Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics in Fulton, MD, we are here to guide you every step of the way. Today, we turn the spotlight on a remarkable filler known as Restylane.

The Basics of Restylane

This dermal filler harnesses the power of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. This clear gel bolsters skin volume and elasticity, lending a youthful appearance to treated areas. It’s useful in a wide variety of applications:

Lip Enhancement

Restylane can be used for lip augmentation, adding volume and definition to create a more balanced and proportionate facial appearance. This filler is highly regarded for its ability to sculpt fuller lips while maintaining a natural look and feel. Dr. Rodney and our team provide the expertise and artistic eye required for this procedure, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction from consultation to aftercare.

Non-Surgical Nose Jobs

One of the most innovative uses of this filler is in non-surgical nose jobs, a less invasive alternative to traditional rhinoplasty. Restylane can reshape the nose, smoothen bumps, and create a more harmonious profile, all without the need for surgery. This procedure, performed by our seasoned dermatologists, exemplifies our commitment to utilizing the latest advancements to better serve you.

Marionette Lines

Marionette lines are the long vertical wrinkles that develop between the corners of the mouth and the chin. These lines can create an appearance of sadness or sternness. Restylane’s ability to restore volume and smoothness can be effectively applied to this area, providing a lift and leading to a softer, more relaxed expression.

Nasolabial Folds

One of the most common uses of this filler is treating nasolabial folds, the deep lines running from each side of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. These folds can become more prominent with age, as the skin loses its natural elasticity. These injections, applied with precision can rejuvenate this area, restoring volume and reducing the depth of these folds.

Backs of the Hands

Our hands, much like our faces, are not immune to the signs of aging. In fact, they often tend to show age sooner, as they are constantly exposed to the elements, and we frequently neglect to care for them as meticulously as we do our faces. This filler can be used to replenish volume in the hands, reducing the prominence of tendons and veins and smoothing out wrinkles.

Chin Projection

A well-defined chin adds balance and proportion to the face. This filler can be an effective solution for individuals seeking to enhance their chin projection without resorting to surgical methods.

Delving Deeper Into Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule naturally produced by our bodies and the main ingredient in this dermal filler. It has a unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules, playing a crucial role in maintaining skin hydration and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an excellent natural moisturizer. It is abundantly present in our skin, connective tissues, and eyes, ensuring they remain well lubricated and healthy.

Why Hyaluronic Acid Diminishes as We Age

As we age, the natural production of hyaluronic acid in our bodies begins to decrease. This reduction is part of the biological aging process and can be accelerated by factors like sun exposure, pollution, and lifestyle habits such as smoking. As the levels of hyaluronic acid decrease, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity. This is one of the primary reasons for the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as we grow older.

Restylane’s Role

Restylane fills the gap left by this reduction in our body’s natural hyaluronic acid production. Made of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid, this filler mimics the effects of natural hyaluronic acid, adding volume and hydration to treated areas. When injected into the skin, the filler binds to water and expands, filling up the spaces where subcutaneous tissue has been lost due to aging.

This process effectively smoothens out wrinkles and folds from within, while its biocompatibility with the human body allows for the free passage of necessary nutrients like oxygen and hormones. The result is a fresher, more youthful appearance, with skin that feels as good as it looks.

The Necessity of Regular Treatments

While this filler provides an efficient method of restoring the skin’s natural elasticity and volume, it is a temporary treatment. Because hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring and biocompatible, our bodies will gradually break it down and absorb it over time. This is why regular treatments are necessary to maintain the desired results. The frequency of treatments can be discussed during your consultation at Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics, ensuring a personalized treatment plan that works best for you.

Get Started on a Younger Look Today!

Contact us at Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics in Fulton, MD, where we’re passionate about helping you navigate your beauty journey. Our skilled and experienced team, led by Dr. Ife J. Rodney, MD, FAAD, is dedicated to providing the highest level of care with the most advanced treatments, including Restylane.

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