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Restylane is a newly approved soft tissue filler that is made of an ingredient called Hyaluronic acid, which exists naturally in all living organisms.

Since it is such a versatile ingredient, its use in the field of medicine is already widespread. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to bind water in the tissue. However, as the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases with age, less water is bound, making the skin look older and less elastic and resilient.

Hyaluronic acid can be found in several places in the body, for example:

  • In the skin where it creates volume. Without hyaluronic acid in the skin, you would look like a dried out skeleton. 
  • In the vitreous body of the eye where it gives volume.
  • In joints, tendons and muscles where it acts as a lubricant. The synovial fluid contains hyaluronic acid.
  • In the umbilical cord, where its function is to ensure that the contact between the mother and the foetus is never broken.
  • There is a very low concentration of hyaluronic acid in the blood. 
There is no antigenicity/immunogenicity (meaning your body does not react against it) associated with the substance and thus the incidence of adverse reactions is very low.

So far more than 27 million patients all over the world have been treated with hyaluronic acid based products. 

How Facial Wrinkles Are Produced

Facial wrinkles are produced by repeated and habitual contraction of the underlying muscles of facial expression. When the facial muscles contract, the muscles shorten without a corresponding shortening of the overlying skin, thereby producing a wrinkle.

Other factors that cause aging of the skin are the thickness of the skin and the amount of underlying fat, the water content of the skin, the distribution and ratio of collagen and elastic fibres, and the biochemical changes in the connective tissue interstitial substance.

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How Restylane Is Utilized

The function of restylane is to add volume where it is needed, i.e. where the body's own hyaluronic acid has been depleted or when creating volume in the cheeks, chin and lips. The implant does not swell after injection, but it adds more water as it degrades. The less concentrated the gel becomes, the more water each molecule is able to bind. The result is that the same volume can be maintained with less implant material. Finally the implant is fully degraded and reabsorbed, leaving the tissue without any scarring or implant waste.

Restylane products are based on a hyaluronic acid from one single family of bacteria that is harmless to humans and effectively removed once it has produced its material. It stays identical year after year, thus ensuring the safety of the product. As it is free from animal substances and toxins the risk of transmitting diseases from other species is completely eliminated. Furthermore, there is no risk of common allergic reactions from meat, chicken or eggs.

As an added safety measure, restylane is also sterilized after final packaging and is therefore absolutely sterile.

Restylane to lips and nasolabial folds

Long Lasting

Most patients have the feeling that after 6-12 months they need another correction. With lips most come in for their next treatment at about 6 months.

The Treatment

Smoothing lines, wrinkles and folds:
Fine superficial lines, wrinkles or deep folds can now be effectively treated. For the correction of very thin, superficial lines Restylane Fine Lines is an excellent choice. For more pronounced wrinkles that go deeper in the skin, Restylane is recommended. Perlane is excellent for deep folds.
Shaping the contours of the face:
When creating volume in the contours of the face or correcting hollow cheeks, use Perlane or restylane are generally used. It lifts up the skin from the cheeks and chin by adding volume in the deeper layers of the skin.

Lip Sculpting

Lips can be perfectly sculpted with the Restylane products. Fuller lips, a more pouting look or enhancement of the lip border can all be achieved. The area around the lips may also be treated for an optimal look. Some kind of anesthesia is generally neccessary in connection with lip augmentation. This is achieved most effectively by a nerve block or by local anesthesia.


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 "I don't believe in aging gracefully, I believe in fighting it all the way." -Dr. Doris Day

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