Restylane and Juvederm, provide dramatic results by improving the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles, and folds. It can restore volume and fullness to the skin, plump up lips, and fill in scars. The results are immediate, producing a more youthful and invigorated look.
What is a Restylane and Juvederm filler made of?
They are both Hyaluronic acids which are naturally present in the skin and maintain the hydration of tissues, becoming absorbed slowly over time. It is of non-animal origin and unlike collagen, it does not require allergy testing.
How long does it last?
The effects of Hyaluronic acid usually last 6-9 months for Restylane and 12-14 months for Juvederm. This effect varies depending on the types of skin, areas and amounts injected, as well as the injection technique. The average life of Hyaluronic acid in the lips is 6 months because of the rich blood supply of the lips.
Who can get this treatment?
Hyaluronic acid is suitable for patients of all ages. It is also an ideal implant to prevent the development of wrinkles in fragile areas in young people and to smooth imperfections.
How is it done?
The filler is injected in a 20 minute session. We offer local anesthesia to make the correction more comfortable, by applying an anesthetic cream or by local superficial anesthesia.
In the hours following the injection we recommend that you avoid excessive facial expressions. Similarly, you are not recommended to expose yourself to sunlight or excessive heat (UV, sauna, Turkish baths etc.) for long times during the weeks after the injection; or to touch, handle or massage the site injected. Make up and usual care may be used on the day after treatment.
Can there be side effects?
Inflammatory reactions (redness and swelling) which may be associated with stinging or pain on pressure may occur after the injection. These reactions may last for a week. Very rare cases of discoloration (reversible) of the injection area have been reported. Rare cases of necrosis (severe tissue damage) affecting the glabellar region, infection, long lasting inflammation and allergy have been described in the literature after injections of hyaluronic acid. Persistence of such reactions for more than a week or any other secondary effect, which develops must be reported to our office as soon as possible.
Who should not have fillers injected?
Women who are pregnant or breast feeding and those who have areas with inflammatory and/or infectious skin problems (acne etc.) should not have fillers injected.
Do not forget to tell your practitioner about your past medical history, such as:
• Tendency to develop hypertrophic scarring
• Autoimmune diseases (eg. lupus)
• Allergy to Hyaluronic acid.