Introduction to cosmetic fillers
Injectable cosmetic fillers enhance facial features by removing wrinkles and creases. Restylane is a cosmetic filler composed of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a hydrophilic substance found in the joints and tissues of the human body. This fluid facilitates water retention by binding to water molecules; consequently, HA serves as a natural moisturizer that can be used to treat wrinkles by providing lubrication to elastin. Elastin is a protein found in tissue cells with elastic properties that helps skin tissue return to its original appearance after being stretched.
Recipients of cosmetic fillers prefer the treatment to Botox. The injectable gel diminishes the appearance of wrinkles by increasing the volume of facial tissue to smooth away wrinkles, whereas Botox removes wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles in the face. Most patients require only one administration before seeing the desired results. These wrinkle smoothing effects last approximately six months before an additional injection is needed due to the fact that HA eventually decays and is absorbed by the body.
How treatments work
Some cosmetic procedures require allergy pretesting to ensure that the recipient does not have a negative reaction to the substance being injected into their skin. Since Restylane is derived from a natural occurring fluid in the human body, such pretesting is not necessary. Also, the injectable gel uses no animal byproducts and is devoid of animal protein. Prospective patients should refrain from using St. John's Wort, aspirin and large does of Vitamin E because the ingredients in such products increases the likelihood of bleeding or discoloration around the injection site. Patients with a history of cold sores should divulge this to the doctor providing the treatment because the needle may cause the cold sores to return.
As previously mentioned, the filler is injected directly under the skin using a needle. If you have a low pain threshold, you should ask your doctor to use a numbing agent on the site of the injection. Most procedures require roughly half a tablespoon of gel to remedy problem areas. The price of such treatments is similar to other cosmetic filler procedures in your geographic area, although the experience of the doctor and your individual needs may increase the cost. You should also be aware that most medical insurers will not cover cosmetic procedures because such treatments are elective.
Following treatment, you may notice sensitivity, itching or swelling around the injection area. These side effects should subside within 14 days. If the problems persist longer than two weeks, you should call your doctor because you may have an infection that can only be cured with antibiotics.
Finding the right doctor
Prior to receiving treatment, an initial consultation should take place between you and the doctor. Use this time to determine how diligent and solicitous the physician is. This procedure should be designed to satisfy your specific needs. The medical practitioner should review your medical history and provide you with an honest assessment of the risks, realistic expectations for the final results and post treatment protocol.
Although these treatments only require a fine needle and the injectable gel, it is still important to select a qualified doctor or cosmetic surgeon. Failing to select the right physician and hospital or office can result in several complications. If the needle or medical facility is unsanitary, the site of the injection may become infected or result in the development of scar tissue. A doctor using poor technique may accidentally inject the gel into a blood vessel and result in permanent damage to the recipient's lips or skin. Experienced physicians should also know what potential complications may arise for certain patients; African American recipients of this treament may experience a darkening of the skin around the injection area, while patients under 18, over 65 or nursing should not receive injections at all.
There are several criteria you can use to identify a cosmetic surgeon. The safety record of the facility is very important. You should also ensure that the medical practitioner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Soliciting the recommendation of your general physician may also help you find a doctor qualified to perform cosmetic surgical procedures. As a patient, you should also have good rapport with the doctor and feel comfortable about the procedure.
ABPS certification means a doctor's educational background and experience performing certain procedures satisfy rigorous standards that establish a basic level of competency. Although such injections can take place in a hospital, surgicenter or medical office, some facilities are better equipped for such a treatment. You should make sure the site is an accredited or state licensed medical center. Consulting with your primary care provider may also help you locate a qualified cosmetic surgeon and identify potential side effects you may experience based on your patient history.