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When you look in the mirror on a daily basis, are you happy with the reflection that is staring back at you? If the answer is no, know that you have multiple options to take control of your confidence, and our team at Ashpole Plastic Surgery is here to help! Restylane is a great option to restore your natural, younger-looking skin through collagen replacement. 

Restylane first hit the market in 2010 and, since then, there have been over 11 million treatments in over 65 countries. Patients keep coming back to Restylane to help a variety of imperfections. 

What is Restylane? – Chicago, Schaumburg & Naperville

Similar to Botox in Schaumburg, Restylane is made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which can be found naturally in our body. As we age, the hyaluronic acid content in our bodies tends to decrease, which contributes to the loss of elasticity of our skin, ultimately leaving us with loose skin that we didn’t always have. In addition, as we age, the volume of fat in our face tends to decrease and shift. Both of these problems result in frustrating lines and wrinkles that can chip away at our self-confidence.

An injection of Restylane at problem spots on your face like the nasolabial folds, the corner of your mouth and lips will restore the volume and reduce these fine lines to almost invisible levels and give you the appearance of smooth, perfect skin. Since there are no incisions required, the downtime following a Restylane injection is generally very brief. Most patients return to work following the injections.

What Can Restylane Treat?

Restylane is an ideal treatment for many different areas of the face. It helps smooth away stubborn facial wrinkles and can even provide subtle lip enhancement for patients who want to add more volume to their natural smile. If you have frustrating lines around your mouth that appear every time you smile, Restylane is an ideal option to smooth these lines as well. Do you have frustrating dark circles underneath the eyes? Treating the tear trough is a simple solution to improve these dark under-eye bags. 

It can also add volume to the cheeks and lift them for a brighter, younger appearance. Finally, some patients even utilize Restylane in order to reverse the signs of volume loss in the back of the hands.

Types of Restylane

There are three different types of Restylane products that are available, and our team is happy to suggest the specific product that will work best for your particular needs. 

  • Restylane: This is the original form of the product and can add volume and fullness to moderate-to-severe facial folds and wrinkles. This product is ideal for treating the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds), however, it can be used in any area of the face. 
  • Restylane Silk: This is the first FDA-approved product that is designed specifically to treat areas of the face that naturally have delicate contouring, such as the lips. This particular gel is smaller and smoother than other Restylane products, so we often recommend it for enhancing the lips. 
  • Restylane LYFT: The third form of Restylane is Restylane LYFT, which is ideal for filling moderate-to-severe facial folds, including smile lines, improving the fullness of cheeks, and restoring the volume of the midface area. The LYFT product offers more support and longevity, lasting up to 18 months.

How Long Does Restylane Last?

Although there are similarities between Restylane and Botox in Schaumburg, Restylane works differently. On average, Restylane treatments last between 6-9 months and lip treatments last between 3-4 months. Keep in mind that everyone’s body metabolizes Restylane differently and there is no one specific answer that will hold true for all patients. 

If you are unhappy with your Restylane results, your body will naturally metabolize the filler without any lasting effects on your body.

Side Effects of Restylane

Rest assured that the side effects of Restylane are minimal and won’t require the disruption of your daily routine. The procedure itself is completed by using a fine needle to help fill wrinkles and add volume. When Restylane is initially injected, you may feel slight discomfort at the injection site. As a precaution, Dr. Ashpole numbs this area with a topical anesthetic before beginning. The side effects of this procedure are minimal. Slight redness, tenderness, swelling, itching or bruising may occur. If present, it usually lasts less than a week and is easily camouflaged with make-up.

Restylane – Chicago, Schaumburg & Naperville Patients Consult Dr. Ashpole

To learn whether this dermal filler treatment is the solution for your frustrating wrinkles, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashpole to evaluate your skin to see Restylane would work for you. Chicago area patients can call 847.884.8346 to book an appointment. Or for more information click here and fill in the online inquiry form. We look forward to helping improve your self-confidence!

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