Common signs of lower facial aging include thinning of the lips, deepening of the nasolabial folds (a crease from the outer side of the nostril to the corner of the mouth), and the development of 'marionette' lines (running vertically downward from the corners of the mouth). These features can in many cases be instantly and dramatically improved by the injection of soft tissue filling materials such as Restylane ®. The injection of Restylane ® can also improve some depressed scars, vertical lines around the mouth, and other facial soft tissue abnormalities.
The Restylane ® Advantage
As Restylane ® does not carry the risk of allergic reaction that is associated with bovine (cow) collagen, no skin test is required. It is not harvested from cadaver sources as are human injectable collagen products. Most importantly, it does NOT contain any material that does not naturally occur in soft tissues, such as hydroxyapetite or methylmethacrylate, which can result in granuloma (cyst) formation and chronic inflammation. Be VERY wary of injectable agents that contain materials that do not naturally occur in soft tissues, as the risk of these complications is often minimized to patients.
Restylane ® injections take place in our medical office and require just a few minutes to perform. All injections are performed personally by Dr. Law. The aesthetic improvement is immediate, and in general we will attempt to slightly overfill the lips and overcorrect lines and folds, so that the desired effect remains once the mild initial swelling subsides (in about 24 hours). The goal is an aesthetic improvement that appears natural.
Most injections can be performed with little or no pain by administration of local anesthesia just prior to the Restylane ® injection. Injection of the lips is usually completely painless, using intra-oral anesthesia that produces total numbness of the lips. For injection of lines and creases on the face, a local anesthetic solution is used that causes vasoconstriction, decreasing the likelihood of bruising following the injection. Our aim is to provide an immediate and beautiful aesthetic enhancement, with little or no discomfort and downtime.
The duration of the improvement varies from patient to patient, averaging about four to six months. Many patients that enjoy the results of their Restylane ® treatments become interested in permanent soft tissue enhancement. For these patients, Dr. Law performs structural fat grafting, using autologous (the patient's own) fat. Using specialized instrumentation and technique, structural fat grafting can produce permanent improvements in facial contours.
Know what is being administered!
A number of other products are available as soft tissue fillers, but many are as yet inadequately tested, and others have been found in some cases to produce disastrous and permanently disfiguring results, such as injectable silicone. Remember, when considering the injection of a soft tissue filler, be sure that your doctor can explain to you what the substance is, why he or she has chosen it, and what side effects and potential complications can occur. Once again, be very wary of injectable agents that contain materials which do not naturally occur in soft tissues, as the risks of complications can be significant.
Other injectables and why we don't use them
At Michael Law MD / Aesthetic Plastic Surgery we put a great deal of time and effort into researching the products and devices that we use and the treatments that we offer. For a product, device or treatment to be offered in this practice, it must be scientifically sound, clinically proven, and FDA-approved. It is our opinion that, without question, non-animal hyaluronic acid (Restylane ®) is currently the safest and most effective material available for non-permanent soft-tissue enhancement of the face. For permanent facial soft tissue enhancement, we offer structural fat grafting using autologous (a patient's own) fat. Many of our fat grafting patients initially come into the practice as Restylane ® patients, are very pleased with the results obtained with Restylane ® injection, and elect to have a permanent enhancement performed.
* - for aesthetic facial soft tissue enhancement
** - contraindicated for lip enhancement due to hardness, granulomas
*** - approved only for treatment of HIV patients with facial lipodystrophy
Other hyaluronic acid products
Restylane ®, the first FDA-approved non-animal hyaluronic acid product for aesthetic facial soft tissue enhancement, has an excellent track record of safety and efficacy. Recently, other non-animal hyaluronic acid products have obtained FDA approval for this indication, including Captique ® and Juvederm ®. Some manufacturers are producing 'cross-linked' hyaluronic acid products with the hope of achieving longer-lasting results. However, there is as yet no conclusive evidence that any one hyaluronic acid product has greater stability and durability than the others that are currently available and FDA-approved for use in the United States.
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For more information about Restylane or if you would like to schedule a complimentary Restylane consultation, please contact the Raleigh, North Carolina office of Dr. Michael Law today! More information about Juvederm in Raleigh NC.
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