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Restylane Injections and Radiesse Therapy

 


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Restylane injections are quickly becoming one of the most popular methods for smoothing wrinkles and sculpting lips. Restylane differs from the many other injectable fillers on the market today due to its unique chemical composition. Restylane was produced and marketed in Sweden and has been used in Europe for several years showing great success in facial rejuvenation.

Currently, Restylane is the only dermal filler approved by the FDA that is made of a biodegradable hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance present in all living organisms. The acid provides volume and fullness to the skin; it is a clear substance that is injected directly beneath the skin's surface and typically is used in patients between the ages of 35 and 60. Though approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles, Restylane is also used for lip augmentation, reducing lines around the mouth, and facial contouring. Restylane also modifies and corrects nasolabial folds.

Restylane injections are performed in your cosmetic surgeon's office with local anesthesia; patients usually experience some pain and discomfort from the needle during each injection. The procedure takes between 5-30 minutes and patients return home shortly after finishing the procedure. Swelling may be quite pronounced for two to three days after your injection, and patients are advised to stay out of the sun following the injection.

Though Restylane injections are safe and effective to treat moderate wrinkles, some side effects may occur including redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and mild pain. More serious side effects that may require medical attention are headache, nausea and flu-like symptoms.

Most patients require only one Restylane injection to achieve their desired results; however, additional treatments may be required in some patients depending on age and skin type.

Radiesse Therapy

Radiesse is a safe cosmetic dermal filler that lasts much longer than other fillers. Medical studies have proven that it is a safe, long-lasting treatment used to correct smile lines, nasolabial folds and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Radiesse is used by cosmetic surgeons all over the world to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face.

The procedure is most often performed under local anesthesia with patients experiencing only minimal discomfort from the needle injection. The procedure takes from 5-15 minutes, depending on the extent of the treatment. The clear gel is measured by the cosmetic surgeon and then injected beneath the skin, under the dermis and subcutis layer of skin. Results are usually evident within one week of the injection and can last up to two years or even more. Some touchups may be necessary throughout that time period.

Typically, there is minimal swelling following the procedure, and swelling subsides in a day or two. Normal activities can be resumed immediately; however, patients having this procedure are urged to stay out of the sun. One rare complication of this procedure is the formation of nodules, which may require surgery or treatment with steroid medication.

Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss all possible side effects associated with these procedures at your initial consultation.

If you would like to learn more about Restylane injections or Radiesse Therapy , please contact Dr. Vasdev Rai and his staff at the Cosmetic Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas .

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