Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the lips to enhance the appearance and fullness of the lips. It is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts using an ultrafine needle.
Restylane generally lasts about 4-6 months with each treatment.
Restylane Silk For Lip Enhancement
Restylane® Silk is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth in patients 21 years of age and older. Restylane is a gel-based on stabilized hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that naturally exists in your body. The gel is injected into the skin.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid (HA)?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in the skin.
What To Expect During My Restylane Silk Treatment?
A topical numbing gel is applied to the lips and allowed to sit for 5 minutes. Restylane is then injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. The gel provides natural volume to smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles, enhance facial shape, or create fuller lips.
The entire process takes about 20-30 minutes.
Does The Injection Hurt?
There is moderate discomfort during the injection, although a topical number is used and the product is mixed with Lidocaine (a numbing agent).
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What Are The Side Effects Of Restylane Silk?
More than 20 million treatments have been performed since the launch of Restylane in 1996. Product-related reactions are rare. After treatment, some reactions might occur. The most common is slight redness, swelling, itching, bruising, pain, and tenderness. The reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection. They usually resolve spontaneously within one or two days after injection, but for some treatments, they may last longer.
Will I Have Noticeable Swelling after Restylane Injections?
It's possible that, for a short time after receiving Restylane lip treatment, you may have some noticeable swelling. This is in part due to minor inflammation resulting from injections. Restylane also has a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that brings water molecules into the target area. In the case of the lips, the target area is small enough that some puffiness may occur. This usually subsides after a few days. If swelling persists, you can contact our office for a brief treatment that can help resolve it more quickly.
Will My Lips Look Unnatural After Receiving Restylane Injections?
Even with the temporary swelling that you may encounter after your Restylane lip injections, your appearance should not look unnatural. The key to getting the most harmonious lip filler is to receive this treatment only from a board-certified provider with ample experience treating the delicate lip area. Here in our Lake Charles office, we can discuss our expectations for your treatment and also discuss your most favorable outcome. Being on the same page during your consultation, we fully anticipate you will love the results we achieve with Restylane lip injections!
Do I Need to Do Anything to Prepare for My Restylane Lip Treatment?
You can receive Restylane lip treatment without much preparation at all. In fact, provided that you don't have a history of cold ores, you don't have to follow any of our pre-treatment recommendations! If you've had cold sores in the past, injectable treatment may cause a flare-up. To prevent this, the doctor may prescribe medication that you need to begin several days before your appointment.
The intent of pre-treatment precautions is to reduce your chances of swelling and bruising. To do this, you may prepare in stages.
Starting one week prior to your appointment, stop using all medications and products that thin the blood. The most common example is aspirin. However, ibuprofen is also a blood thinner, as is St. John's Wort, vitamin E, ginseng, primrose oil, and Gingko biloba.
Starting two days before your lip filler treatment, stop using anti-aging products that contain ingredients like glycolic acid, retinoids, retinol, or tretinoin (Retin-A). Do not wax, bleach, or tweeze hair on the upper lip or around the mouth. If you tend to bruise easily, you may start taking Arnica tablets at this time.
The day before your appointment, avoid consuming alcohol.
How Can I Recover Well from Restylane Injections?
We expect an easy recovery from Restylane injections. The lack of significant side effects and downtime is one of the benefits of this treatment! If you want to help minor redness and swelling subside more quickly, you might apply Arnica, take Arnica tablets, or apply an ice pack to the lips for a few minutes. If you feel sore or tender, take acetaminophen.
It's important that you do not massage, rub, or itch the lips during your early recovery period. Pressure on the lips could cause the filler to disperse, altering the intended result. If you feel firmness or a lump, contact the office. We can discuss how you can help this side effect resolve more quickly. To avoid bruising, continue avoiding alcohol for at least 24 hours.