The Power of Restylane

Published on July 10, 2019

Do you avoid looking in the mirror because you’re worried about seeing frustrating wrinkles? Though science has yet to discover a way to permanently prevent wrinkles from forming, there are options that can correct the appearance of these signs of aging. One such option is Restylane, an injectable wrinkle treatment offered by Dr. Sami at Houston Oculofacial.

What Is Restylane?

Restylane is a cosmetic product used to reduce the appearance of age lines, resulting in smoother skin. This dermal filler is made of a specific formulation of non-animal-sourced hyaluronic acid. It is one of the first hyaluronic-acid fillers to be approved by FDA for injection into subdermal facial tissues and is made by Q-Med.

Hyaluronic acid occurs normally in the body. Its production decreases with advancement in age, resulting in age lines, wrinkles, thin lips, and sunken cheeks.

When injected into the subdermal tissues in the areas suffering from volume loss, Restylane gives the region new youthful volume. The moment the active ingredient enters the target tissue, it starts attracting water molecules. This restores the lost volume in the area in addition to providing increased moisture.

What Can Restylane Treat?

The best part of Restylane is its versatility in function. It can be used to treat the following problem areas:
• Thin sagging lips that need volume and contouring
• Sunken cheeks
• The chin, forehead, and nose (when they lack contouring)
• The nasolabial folds (lines stretching from the sides of the nose to the sides of the mouth)
• The melomental folds (lines stretching down from the corners of the mouth)
• Orbital troughs (depressions beneath the eyes)

What Is a Restylane Treatment Like?

The Restylane treatment involves Dr. Sami carefully injecting the dermal filler into the subdermal tissues with an ultra-fine needle. Numbing creams or injections are used to address any pain or discomfort the patient may be feeling. The treatment takes less than an hour to complete. The results of Restylane can last for up to a year.

Restylane Treatment Aftercare

After treatment, most patients experience mild discomfort in the form of temporary swelling, discomfort, and redness. In rare cases, there may be a formation of lumps or granulomas. These can be easily reversed with a treatment of hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase is an enzyme responsible for speeding up the natural degradation of the injected hyaluronic-acid filler.

Recommended care after treatment at Houston Oculofacial includes:

• Using a cold compress on the treated areas immediately to reduce swelling
• Avoiding touching the treated areas for six hours after the treatment
• Avoiding exposing the treated areas to intense heat
• Avoiding taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications

After Restylane, downtime will not be needed, as it is a non-surgical minimally invasive treatment. You will not need to take any time off from work for it, and afterwards, you can simply return to your normal day.

Pay a Visit to Houston Oculofacial

Restylane offers a number of benefits and may be right for your frustrating wrinkles. Contact the office of Dr. Mirwat Sami to set up a Restylane consultation at Houston Oculofacial. Dr. Sami is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.