How Long Does Restylane Last?
Wrinkling is one of the features or changes that comes with aging. It is no uncommon to see wrinkles and sagging and fold around corners of your skin. Your skin will no longer become smooth like it was when you were younger. It is not also bad if you want to remove those wrinkles and look good again. In fact many people are undergoing a procedure that will clear these wrinkles. These substances are called dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected into the skin to clear wrinkles and folds which are signs of aging. These substances are non toxic and safe to the body. They are injected into various areas of the body where these wrinkles are found. They are:
- Give the skin a new look and appearance
- Contour the face and bring our sunken cheeks
- Remove the signs of scars and marks caused by acne
- Plump up the lips
- Smoothens the lines and wrinkles around the eyes, cheeks and nose
These fillers contain hyaluronic acid, this acid is found naturally in the body of all living organisms and it makes the skin full and have volume. There are different brands of dermal fillers produced, one of them is restylane.
WHAT IS RESTYLANE?
Restylane is a dermal filler that is made from biodegradable, non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA). The hyaluronic acid in restylane is gotten from a specie of bacteria called Streptococcus and this acid is biotechnologically fermented in a sterilized laboratory environment.
Unlike other dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid, the one used in making restylane is not gotten from animal sources but from natural fermentation. This is because there are risks involved such as transmitting disease from one specie or body to another.
Also, this is because getting the hyaluronic acid from animal sources can spike off allergic reactions in people who are allergic or sensitive to the animal used. Using restylane as a dermal filler cancels these complications and risks.
The hyaluronic acid helps the body to retain its moisture which can help lubricate the joints. When restylane is injected into the body, it draws water to the layers of the skin and this helps to reduce scars, blemishes and wrinkles. It will also help the body to produce more collagen for the skin to become elastic, smooth and hydrated.
Restylane can be used to attack wrinkles in different parts of the skin and body like
- At the corners of the mouth (you may have wrinkles when you smile or laugh)
- From the nose to the mouth (Nasolabial wrinkle)
- Mouth to the chin (Marionette wrinkle)
- Hands or other body parts
There are different restylane products you can use but your dermatologist should be the one to make the recommendations.
Some of the brands are:
- Restylane Lyft
- Restylane Refyne
- Restylane Defyne
- Restylane Silk
- Restylane Kysse
Each product has different use and part of the body it works on. Restylane Kysse and silk are used to fill the lips and mouth.
Each of these restylane products has a mild agent that numbs the body to avoid pain and keep you comfortable, this agent is called lidocaine. The injection is administered by a dermatologist using a very thin needle. This procedure takes not less than an hour and you can continue your normal activities.
The results can be immediately the hyaluronic acid gets below the surface of your skin and your skin starts having smooth effects. As the week goes by, you see more result. After two weeks, you can get the best result in your skin.
HOW LONG DOES RESTYLANE LAST?
This is a question most people who want to get a restylane procedure ask. Dr. Sapna Palep of Spring Street Dermatology says some dermal fillers can last for 6 to 12 months, while other dermal fillers can last 2 to 5 years.
Restylane products can last for a year or longer, some even up to three years. Let’s look at some of the longevity of some restylane products.
- Restylane-L – Approximately 5–7 months
- Restylane Silk – Approximately 6–10 months
- Restylane Defyne, Refyne, and Lyft – About 12 months, with a possible touch-up at 6–9 months
However, there are some factors that can influence how long these fillers can last. Factors like:
- The amount of restylane injected
- The area where the filler is injected
- The speed at which your body absorbs the filler.
Restylane is used to to clear wrinkle, blemishes and scars. The choice of the product to use should be made by your dermatologist and not you. He or she will help you decide on which will clear the wrinkles on any part of your body and the side effects of there are any.
There may be side effects like redness, bruising, swelling or tenderness but they can fade away in less than 2 weeks. It is advised that you eat whole food and drink lots of water after the injection. You should also avoid taking supplements and medications that can affect blood viscosity.