Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler offered at River Region Dermatology and Laser in Montgomery, AL. It is designed to reverse the signs of aging caused by collagen loss and fat loss. Today, we’re taking a closer look at what you can expect from the treatment, including what areas can be targeted for treatment, how long you can expect your results to last, and what you can do to enjoy longer-lasting results.

How Long Does Restylane Last? 

Restylane results usually remain for roughly six to 18 months after treatment. Among the factors that affect how long you can expect your results to last are the area being treated, the dosage you receive, your age, your diet, and your skincare routine.

For instance, if you’re treating your cheeks, you can generally expect longer-lasting results than you could expect if you treated your mouth or lips. Additionally, you can feel pretty confident that your results will last longer if you’re younger or you get a larger dose of hyaluronic acid.

What Can I Do To Prolong My Results? 

You need to take excellent care of your skin to enjoy your ideal results for as long as possible. Research shows that UV damage is the number one cause of premature skin aging, so you’ll definitely want to eliminate any tanning beds or tanning lamps from your skincare routine. Similarly, you should consider limiting the time you spend outside when the sun’s UV rays are most damaging. When you’re exposed to sunlight, wear adequate sun protection.

Another highly effective step you can take is to keep your skin moisturized. It is a good idea to moisturize your skin every day after your bath if you have normal or oily skin. If you have dry skin, you should be moisturizing your skin every morning and night to keep your skin as healthy as possible. You can also extend the longevity of your results by drinking enough hydrating fluids, like water and tea, every day.

Can My Diet Affect the Longevity of My Results? 

Yes, it is possible for your diet to affect the longevity of your results. Certain foods are known to cause premature skin aging. For instance, foods that are high in sugar or unhealthy fats have been shown to make your skin look older and less healthy. On the other hand, certain foods can help to keep your skin healthy and young-looking.

Three of the most important nutrients that you should consume in abundance are zinc, vitamin C, and protein. This is vital because these nutrients are necessary for your skin to produce collagen and keep your existing collagen healthy. Collagen is a special type of protein that is crucial for numerous functions, including cellular turnover, healing damaged skin cells, and keeping the skin volumized.

What Concerns Can Be Corrected With This Injectable? 

This injectable dermal filler can be used to correct virtually any area in the face suffering from volume loss-related aging symptoms. Most of the time, this treatment is used to reverse facial folds, wrinkles, and lines caused by collagen loss, like nasolabial folds. However, it can also be used to augment the cheeks, eliminate jowls, and improve the appearance of the undereye.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment? 

Generally, people who are concerned about facial volume loss qualify for this injectable dermal filler. However, you should keep in mind that the FDA has only approved this injectable for adults who are at least 21 years of age.

Who Doesn’t Qualify for This Injectable Dermal Filler? 

You will not qualify for this injectable dermal filler if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Additionally, certain medical conditions, like untreated diabetes. However, it is not just your current health that may disqualify you from this treatment. For instance, you will be disqualified from this treatment if you have a history of keloid scarring. Additionally, you will be considered a poor candidate for this treatment if you have cosmetic concerns caused by overactive muscles.

How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Session? 

There is not a lot of preparation required in advance of this non-surgical anti-aging treatment. However, you must be able to follow all preparation instructions to qualify for treatment. For instance, you must be able to go 24 hours without consuming caffeine or alcohol prior to your scheduled appointment. Additionally, you must be able to stop taking blood-thinning pharmaceuticals for seven days prior to your injection session.

What Should I Avoid After My Treatment Session? 

Once your treatment session is complete, if you are treating your lips or mouth, you should avoid making any sucking or puckering motions for the remainder of the day. This includes kissing, drinking through a straw, and smoking.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Now

You can generally expect your Restylane results to last between six and 18 months depending on the area being treated, the severity of your concerns, and how well you take care of your skin after your treatment. Contact us today at River Region Dermatology and Laser in Montgomery, AL to schedule your initial consultation and find out if this injectable dermal filler is right for you.

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