Dr. Paul L. Leong, MD

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Restylane-Logo-300x113Restylane® is a very smooth and soft filler, which makes it highly versatile to many areas of the face. Restylane® is an injectable filler composed of hyaluronic acid used to fill in facial folds and wrinkles. It adds volume and fullness to creases, creating a more youthful, restored and rejuvenated look. Restylane® is often injected into the nasolabial folds, laugh lines, lipstick lines, corners of the mouth, marionette lines, lips (see Lip Augmentation) and underneath the eyes (see Tear Trough treatment). It is non-animal based, which means it is natural and can be broken down by the body.

The following will give some information about Restylane® and the treatment process. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at Sistine Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, please contact us today.

Dr. Paul Leong is my absolutely favorite physician! I am a repeat customer for his facial treatments. I have had Ultherapy®, Botox®, Sculptra® and Restylane®. Love that he does all procedures himself and gives a thorough and enjoyable pre-treatment discussion. I certainly can see results and they have been long-lasting.
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The History of Restylane®

Restylane® has been used for more than 16 years in over 65 countries across the globe. Researchers discovered that as people age, their skin loses the capacity to bind to water, leading to dry, aged skin. Hyaluronic acid, a natural ingredient located in the dermis (middle layer) of skin, aids in the preservation of water. When the skin is able to retain more water, the result is fuller, healthier and younger looking skin. Restylane® is one of the most researched fillers on the market and is considered safe and effective when administered by an experienced injector.

How does Restylane® Work?

Restylane® is composed of Hyaluronic acid – a natural substance in the body that acts as a cushion or lubricant. Restylane® works by stimulating the growth of collagen and adding fullness and volume to folds and wrinkles. This clear gel formula is injected to creases and wrinkles and works immediately by bringing water and fullness to the surface.

Instructions after treatment

Approximately 6 hours after treatment, I suggest avoiding alcohol, exercise and touching the treated area. If there is redness or swelling, avoid sun exposure, UV lamps and extreme cold. I also recommend that you stop taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, fish oil, and high doses of Vitamin E may one week prior and one week after treatment to reduce the chance of bleeding and bruising.

Who is a good candidate for Restylane®?

restylane-boxA good candidate for Restylane® is someone in good health who is wanting to correct wrinkles above the lip, reduce marionette lines, smile/laugh lines, tear trough deformity, or wishes to volumize lips. Restylane® can also be a great non-surgical solution for patients looking to add volume and fullness to thinning, hollow areas of the face. It is one of the most effective and widely used fillers on the market.

Do Restylane® Injections hurt?

I am very mindful of my patients comfort level, and I have years of experience injecting fillers. I administer local anesthetic during treatment in our Pittsburgh, Wexford, Sewickley or Greensburg office to minimize pain and discomfort. Results are immediately visible and patients are able to return back to work right away.

Can I combine Restylane® treatment with Botox®, Dysport® and Ultherapy®?

Yes, Restylane® is often combined with other treatments, such as Dysport®, BOTOX® Cosmetic, or Ultherapy®. BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® and Dermal Fillers target wrinkles and creases in different ways. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® restrict muscle movement, which allows the skin to smooth and even out. Fillers “fill in” wrinkles and creases and restore lost volume. Ultherapy® works to lift and tone sagging skin for a more youthful and firm appearance. You can get additional benefits and take years off your face by combining all three treatments together.

Contact Sistine Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery

For more information on Restylane®, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Leong to talk more about your options, please contact Sistine Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery today.

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