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What is Restylane?

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler that comes in various formulations for specific applications. Thinner formulations are used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, and to plump the lips. Thicker formulations are designed to restore volume lost due to age and to fill moderate to severe lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. The Restylane family of fillers contains lidocaine to reduce injection discomfort.

Why hyaluronic acid fillers?

HA fillers are the most popular fillers because they are safe and versatile. They are used to temporarily volumize and contour soft tissues. HA fillers are ideal to rejuvenate the aging face. HA is a naturally occurring sugar compound that is essential to youthful skin. It attracts and binds to water to restore volume and provide a natural look and feel. Injectable hyaluronic acid fillers are safe and effective for all skin types and colors.

The Restylane family

  • Restylane corrects nasolabial folds, marionette lines, under-eye hollows and frown lines. It provides natural volume as it integrates into the tissues and attracts water.
  • Restylane Lyft is suitable to correct moderate to severe lines and wrinkles and for cheek augmentation. Effects last up to 12 months.
  • Restylane Silk is valuable to correct lip lines and for lip augmentation. It lasts 6-10 months.
  • Refyne is specially formulated to treat mild to moderate marionette lines that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Effects last up to 12 months.
  • Defyne is specially formulated to correct moderate to severe marionette linesEffects last up to 12 months.

Generally, the longevity of a filler depends upon where it is used on your face, how much is used and how your body metabolizes the filler.

Who is a good candidate?

During your consultation with Dr. Farhang, she will listen to and discuss your concerns and expectations with you. She will carefully review your medical history and evaluate your skin. Then she will make a recommendation as to which filler is best for you and explain the course of treatment, the expected results, the need for maintenance treatments and how long the effects can be expected to last. Of course, she will answer your questions as well.

The Procedure

Your skin will be cleaned and mapped to focus on your areas of concern. Arizona Board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Sheila Farhang will inject the filler and massage the areas to distribute the product, smooth any lumps and bumps and recontour the treated areas to restore natural contours. Side effects from injection may include temporary tenderness, swelling, bruising, and redness that will resolve quickly.

Why you want an expert injector?

Part of the beauty of fillers is that they can be molded to create symmetry and sculpted to restore contours. While complications are very rare, an expert must know facial anatomy to decrease risk of intravascular occlusion, and to provide you with the best results. Results are technique dependent. An experienced and skilled injector has an artistic eye and can sculpt and contour the treated areas based on appreciation of facial harmony and bone structure.

Contact Dr. Farhang at Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics in Tucson, Arizona to schedule a cosmetic dermatology consultation. A consultation with Dr. Farhang can help you find the best options for face and skin rejuvenation to restore your natural beauty. Dr. Farhang is a master injector. Additionally, she is a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon who offers minimally invasive techniques and advanced procedures to help you reclaim and enhance beauty at any age. Often a combination of fillers and minimally invasive procedures will provide the most optimal outcome.