Restylane for Nasolabial Folds: What To Expect and Results
- Medical Community - July 20th 2018
Restylane offers a various dermal fillers for the treatment of nasolabial folds. Restylane is the classic choice for wrinkle filling, producing excellent results and having an established efficacy and safety profile. Restylane Refyne and Defyne are newer additions to the Restylane portfolio, which are both indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds. These products are specially formulated to maintain facial expressions in the most dynamic regions of the face, for subtle and natural enhancement. This wrinkle filler targets the folds directly, plumping them and filling them out. However, in other cases, Restylane Lyft’s highly viscous, cohesive formula can be injected into the cheeks to lift the lower face.
Nasolabial folds and smile lines, are they the same thing?
In the world of aesthetics, one of the most requested enhancements is for the effacement of nasolabial folds. However, treating nasolabial folds requires a detailed understanding of the effects of aging on the facial structures. As the face ages, volume loss, skin laxity, and weakening of supporting structures in the mid-face result in the descent of the malar fat pads. As these pads move downward, they bulge against the nasolabial folds, accentuating them. In some cases, the fold also deepens with repeated muscle movements due to facial expressions, leading to their nickname, “smile lines.” For this reason, may patients have the perception that having deep nasolabial folds ages their face, hence why correction of these folds is so popular.
Choosing Restylane for nasolabial folds
While previous approaches to treating the nasolabial folds tended to view them in isolation and to utilize skin tightening and lift techniques, newer trends advocate for a holistic approach that views the face as a whole, understanding how altering one facial area affects another. In the case of nasolabial folds, it has now understood that restoring volume to the mid-face will improve their appearance, as creating fullness in this area can subsequently lift the lower face.
What to expect when using Restylane for nasolabial folds
A Restylane treatment session is a straightforward, 20- to 30-minute injection procedure held in the doctor’s office. First, a consultation is carried out to discuss the patient’s concerns and outline a personalized approach to treatment. Then, the injection process may begin. To start, patient’s skin is cleansed and disinfected with antiseptic. For more pain-sensitive patients, lidocaine injections or numbing creams can be applied. The injection technique employed will vary by practitioner preference, the area being treated, and the patient’s skin type. Usually, some combination of fanning, serial puncture, or cross-hatching is used. After injection, the area is massaged to even out the filler and remove any lumps.
How fast can you see results?
The results of a Restylane treatment are instantly visible, and are relatively durable. Generally speaking, side effects are minimal, and are usually restricted to injection-related reactions like swelling, bruising and bleeding. These are typically mild in severity and should subside on their own within one week. While there is no recovery period, the patient should be advised about some post-treatment considerations, including reducing alcohol intake to minimize bruising and bleeding, and limiting sun and heat exposure.
All in all, treating the nasolabial folds with Restylane is a safe, minimally invasive, and effective way to achieve your patient’s desired outcomes.