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Restylane Injections as a Treatment for Wrinkles

Updated on January 12, 2013

Injectable Wrinkle Fillers

In the ongoing battle against the signs of aging, one form of treatment becoming popular is injectable wrinkle fillers. There are several different names for these wrinkle filling injections and while the composition of each one is a little bit different, the concept is pretty much the same.

In a sense, these treatments take the approach of getting rid of wrinkles from the inside out. This article will look at one of the most popular injectable fillers: Restylane and compare it to some alternative skin care products that treat lines and wrinkles from the surface of the skin.

What is Restylane Anyway?

Restylane is one of the most popular and well known of the dermal and cosmetic fillers with an estimated 4 million treatments carried out worldwide to date. Based on non-animal derived hylauronic acid, treatment providers use it to smooth wrinkles and enhance lips instantly with no patient pre-testing required.

Between 50-80% of patients will have effects that remain after 6 months with the substance naturally integrating into the tissue and dissolving slowly over time. The substance has the ability to bind with the body's own hylauronic acid for a plumping effect making it ideal for lip enhancement, with the product available in varying gel sizes to treat different areas of the face.

The Different Types

Restylane

When injected into the middle of the dermis, it is most effective when treating moderate to light wrinkles and to plump the lip area.

Restylane Perlane

Consisting of a larger particle size, Restylane Perlane when injected into the deeper layers of the dermis is suitable for treating deeper lines and for facial contouring.

Restylane Touch

Used to treat fine, superficial lines and wrinkles, Restylane Touch is suitable for the first signs of ageing.

Restylane Lipp

As the name suggests, this product was designed specifically to add fullness to the lip area and achieve a contoured look to the lips.

Restylane SubQ

Consisting of the largest gel particle size, Restylane SubQ is represented as an alternative to fat transfer treatments and can be used to create and define facial contours.

Restylane Vital

This form is ideal for treating a large number of areas including the hands, neck and decolletage. Doctors and dermatologists use Restylane Vital specifically to replenish hydration in these areas, improving skin appearance and elasticity. Unlike regular dermal or cosmetic fillers which generally require a single treatment, two to three treatments are recommended in 4-week intervals with scheduled maintenance treatments after four to five months.

Popular Instant Wrinkle Reducers

How it Compares to Surface Wrinkle Treatments

Even though many anti-wrinkle creams contain water binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, the power of Restylane is the fact that a high percentage of the active ingredient is injected directly where it is needed most. Unlike creams with similar ingredients, it also has the ability to stay active in the skin for a progressive period of time, delivering longer lasting results.

One big difference between an instant wrinkle reducer applied topically and an injection style treatment is the cost. Injectable fillers are typically costly when compared to topical products with treatments averaging several hundred dollars. For maximum results, you need to repeat the treatments several times per year which can easily triple or quadruple the total cost. You can generally find effective instant wrinkle reducers for less than $100.

The next major difference is how treatment is obtained. With wrinkle fillers, you must visit a doctor or a clinic that performs non-surgical wrinkle treatments whereas you can buy an over-the-counter wrinkle reducer online or in a cosmetics store. These products are then applied at your convenience and in the privacy of your own home.

Which one is better? That really depends on how you feel about applying a product daily, dealing with needles, potential side effects, cost, etc. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and each one has its place in the battle against facial wrinkles. Selecting a plan for turning back the clock is a highly personal matter and whichever option you decide to go with, you should eventually see results that you are happy with!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I wish I didn't fear needles so much, this looks like a great procedure and boy, don't I need it! Thanks for the info!

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