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The natural aging process is unwanted by many, but impacts us all. Fine lines, wrinkles, volume loss and sunken features each take a toll on our self esteem and make us appear years beyond our prime. It can be jarring to realize that years of sun exposure, environmental elements and sleeping positions can take a toll on the elasticity of our skin. There are also factors that simply cannot be helped, like genetics, that keep us from looking young.

When it comes to combating the aging process, oftentimes the first thought that comes to mind is surgery — a facelift or brow lift that can improve the contours of the face. But many of these procedures are too invasive for some patients to undergo. When surgery is not an option, you may consider facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers at Ventura Institute of Dermatologic Arts. We specifically recommend Restylane®, which can temporarily correct those moderate to severe folds and wrinkles that are plaguing your skin. The entire product line includes fillers that target various areas of the face that have become susceptible to aging, which means that there is more than likely a solution that is right for you!

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All In The Family

Although there are different formulations of the Restylane® filler, they each have a goal to increase the amount of volume in the skin. Each injectable is used for various imperfections on the face and is produced with different particle sizes that work ideally with their specific treatment area to provide the most natural result. The unique designs of each filler makes for a more customizable treatment plan for you.

Restylane® products can be used to treat:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Volume loss in the mid-face region
  • Lip lines and lip thinness
  • Marionette lines

The natural aging process is caused by many factors, but most can be narrowed down to a loss of moisture in the skin. Your skin’s ability to hydrate itself is what keeps it smooth and firm in your youth, but with time, you body becomes less able to produce the same amount of moisture, leaving your skin dry and sagging. Like many dermal fillers, Restylane® is comprised of hyaluronic acid, which mimics the natural sugars that your body already creates. Hyaluronic acid works to retain and increase amounts of moisture in the skin, which effectively helps increase volume and improve skin elasticity.

At VIDA, we provide multiple members of the Restylane® family, including

  • Restylane® and Restylane® Lyft

Much of the sunken features on our faces can be attributed to volume loss in the mid-face region, such as the cheeks. This is what ultimately creates the sagging skin and creases that only enhance the aging process. Restylane® and Restylane® Lyft can be used primarily for filling in the hollows of the cheeks and providing a natural lift that ultimately decreases the appearance of wrinkles and facial folds.

  • Restylane® Silk

The lips are just as susceptible to aging as any other feature on our faces. Their natural appearance can also be a cause for cosmetic concern. Restylane® Silk uses a smaller hyaluronic particle that adds volume to the lips and provides a natural augmentation. Any lines that are present near and around the lips will diminish and you can achieve a natural fullness that you did not have before.

Restylane®-L is also available and provides the same cosmetic enhancement, but with lidocaine as an additional component. Restylane®-L is ideal for patients who desire injectable treatment, but are concerned about the discomfort they may feel. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that will help you feel more comfortable during your procedure with Restylane®.

Receiving Restylane® at VIDA

If you are interesting in reducing wrinkles and facial folds, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karlsberg or his Physician’s Assistant, Michele, who can perform an evaluation of the creases in your skin. It’s important to differentiate the causes of fine line wrinkles and volume loss so that we can recommend what is going to be the most effective treatment option.

Typically, patients can receive a full treatment regimen in one or two sessions, but the exact number of treatments you need will depend on your individual case. Dr. Karlsberg and Michele only design customized treatment plans that address your needs specifically so that your results look completely natural and specific to your facial contour. Additionally, a cannula will be used to inject Restylane® into the skin as opposed to a traditional needle. A cannula limits the amount of trauma inflicted on the skin and enhances the accuracy of the product’s placement.

Depending on the product you are using, you can expect your results with Restylane® to last between 6 and 18 months, after which the Restylane® in your skin will break down naturally and become metabolized by the body. Restylane® is shown to last up to 18 months while Restylane® Lyft is able to retain its effects for up to 12 months. Restylane® Silk is capable of improving lip fullness for up to 6 months. In order to maintain your results, touch-up injections will be necessary.

You can expect each treatment session to last up to one hour, depending on the severity of your wrinkles and the amount of Restylane® being used. You will also notice that the results of Restylane® take effect immediately after it is injected.

To learn more about Restylane® and the rest of the family, or to find out whether treatment with Restylane® is right for you, contact Ventura Institute of Dermatologic Arts and schedule a consultation.

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