Restylane or Juvederm are safe and natural cosmetic dermal fillers that restore volume and fullness to the lips and skin. They are made of hyaluronic acid which helps add volume lost during the aging process.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring sugar. It is found in the human body in the skin, cartilage, joints and the eye. In skin tissue, hyaluronic acid fills the space between collagen and elastin fibers. The role of hyaluronic acid in skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water and to act as a cushioning agent.
The most commonly reported side effects are temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These typically resolve within one to two days. To help reduce these side effects, it is best to avoid using aspirin and aspirin-containing products, herbal remedies, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for two weeks prior to your scheduled appointment.
The most common question I receive is “How long does it last?” Studies have shown that the average treatment results last six months or longer. There is evidence showing that having a touch up treatment before the product has fully dissipated enhances the lasting effect.
The procedure is simple and convenient, and results are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, a local anesthetic to the treatment area is often given.