By the time we are nearing the third decade of life, processes in the body gradually shift from active growth to maintenance. The condition of skin is one of the first visible signs of this natural change. Men and women through the Brambleton, VA area are discovering that a rejuvenation program including Restylane treatment, other dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and additional non-surgical services can keep skin looking younger, longer. Dr. Asmaa Chaudhry shares tips for maximizing results.
Why skin changes
Volume loss – not stretched skin – is the underlying cause of many signs of aging. Natural volume in the face, in the form of fat pads, hydration, bone, and muscle, diminishes with age. Skin that drapes over this substructure has less are to cover, so it falls into lines, wrinkles, and sags, as lips thin and curl inward. To better understand this concept, imagine wearing a tailored suit that fits your frame perfectly. Then you lose a significant amount of weight. The garment doesn’t change, but how it fits your body certainly does.
Meanwhile, the body produces less collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid – elements that help to maintain a healthy complexion. Skin becomes dryer, thinner, and less resilient. Sun exposure, environmental pollutants, smoking, and poor diet accelerate changes in skin associated with aging.
In the early days of dermal fillers, emphasis was on plumping out the folds. This helped to smooth skin, but distorted youthful proportions, and could result in a primate-like appearance on the lower half of the face. Injectable treatment technique has continued to evolve and refine. Today, a medically-trained injector with a deep understanding of facial anatomy understands that restoring lost volume addresses the root cause of lax skin.
How dermal fillers work
Soft tissue fillers contain various chemical formulations in a gel base. They are placed, by injection, beneath skin. The filler creates immediate improvement by supplementing natural volume. Some fillers such as Restylane are made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring sugar that binds with water for internal hydration. Thus, in addition to prompt volumization, Restylane continues to plump skin from within as the hyaluronic acid “grabs” water molecules. As a third benefit, the presence of the filler stimulates a healing response in deep skin layers, causing the body to create fresh collagen. This fibrous protein provides the structure that helps skin stay thick and firm.
Restylane is more than a wrinkle solution. It is a family of dermal fillers, each with a specialized particle size that makes it ideal for a specific area of the face. For example, Restylane Silk is a soft formulation used to augment lips, define mouth shape, and smooth fine lines radiating from lips. Medium Restylane fillers soften smile lines and marionettes. Restylane’s deep tissue productsfill hollowed temples and bring lift to the upper portion of the face, reversing lines and sags on the lower half. Restylane Refyne and Defyne are made with proprietary XpresHAn technology, a next-generation hyaluronic acid that flexes with skin, allowing natural movement and facial expression.
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Because signs of aging don’t stop at your chin, Restylane can also be used to restore volume on backs of hands, making bones and veins less noticeable.
Brambleton, VA patients make the most of Restylane treatment
One of the reasons filler injection is so popular is minimal preparation and downtime. This treatment fits into even the busiest schedules. Yet there are steps you can take to promote a positive experience, achieve the best results from Restylane, and a maintain a youthfully smooth complexion as long as possible.
- Mild bruising and swelling can occur at injection sites. Stop taking aspirin, naproxen sodium, and ibuprofenat least a week before your appointment. (Talk with your physician about medically-necessary analgesics.)
- Skip fish oil supplements, St. John’s Wort, ginkgo biloba, primrose oil, garlic, ginseng, and vitamin E during this period, as well.
- Avoid alcohol and strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment.
- Wear sunscreen every day.
- Wait several weeks after injectable fillers to have dental treatment. Oral procedure release bacteria into the blood stream, which can increase risk of complications from fillers.
- Consider “stacking” fillers. Instead of waiting until the results of your treatment have completely faded, schedule retreatment at or slightly after the midway point. Less product is needed, a consistent appearance is maintained, and ultimately results last longer.
At Dulles Dermatology Associates, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, you get more than aesthetic treatment. You get a highly-skilled partner is skin health. Call (844) 357-3376 to schedule a consultation.
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