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Designed for patients who wish to treat the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles or folds, Restylane injections are now FDA approved for use in the United States. In addition to correcting the signs of aging, Restylane injections can be used to provide lip augmentation and facial contouring. The major advantage to using Restylane injections is the active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body. And because Restylane injections contain no animal or human products, there is no risk of allergic reaction, so patients can receive treatment with Restylane injections immediately following consultation, without having to wait days or weeks for the results of an allergy test.
Restylane injections contain a clear gel that is injected just under the skin, raising the folds, creases and wrinkles to create a smoother surface. The material used in Restylane injections, hyaluronic acid, binds with water up to 1000 times its volume making it ideally suited as a filler, since even as the Restylane injections are being naturally absorbed by the body, they continue to attract more water, prolonging the appearance of the results. Although the effects of Restylane injections vary depending upon the individual and the location of the treatment, the majority of people receiving Restylane injections report 50-80% of the effect remains after 6 months. Most patients choose to have touch up Restylane injections done within one year of the original treatment.
The length of the effects of Restylane injections is almost twice that of collagen, and without the risk of allergic reactions or need to wait for treatment, Restylane injections are rapidly gaining popularity. There is a low risk of side effects associated with Restylane injections, including swelling, tenderness, and redness, all of which are temporary and often avoidable through the use of proper needle techniques. Restylane injections can be administered by a cosmetic surgeon in comfort and convenience of a doctor's office.