Imagine giving yourself one last look in the mirror before heading out for the evening, and noticing your laugh lines are a lot more visible than they used to be.
You ask yourself, when did this happen? How did I not see this before?
You want to do something about it, but don't feel cosmetic surgery is right for you. You might be the perfect candidate for Restylane, injected into common problem areas, usually around the nose and mouth.
Restylane is made of Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA).
Hyaluronic acid can be found in the human body and binds to water, creating more volume in the face.
“Hyaluronic acid is natural and is even found in your tears,” says NuU Medspa district manager Laura Rowsey, who’s both Lincoln Park and Naperville med spa locations offer the service.
“It’s natural and safe,” she adds, and says patients’ age range can vary, starting from early 20s to middle age.
Patients receive a series of small injections to the problem area and begin seeing results immediately.
The body naturally diminishes NASHA, after which patients can receive another round of a series of injections.
“I tell my patients that there’s good news and bad news,” Rowsey says. “The good news is that if you don’t like the way it looks, it goes away in six months. The bad news is that if you do like the way it looks, it goes away in six months.”
Rowsey also notes that staying on top of injection touch ups will help keep the desired look as well as allow your body to continue to produce collagen in the injected areas.
There are few risks associated with Restylane; the most common side effects are redness, bruising and swelling at the injection site. Other side effects include nausea, headache and flu-like symptoms.
Commonly treated areas:
Because Restylane is non-surgical, there is little to no down time, and patients can resume normal activities the same day injections are received.
- Nasolabial folds
- Lip border
- Marionette lines
- Forehead wrinkles
The average cost of one Restylane injection is $499-$800; however, the cost of injections varies by patient and the size of the area to be treated.
It’s best to speak with a professional about your specific needs.
After receiving Restylane injections, patients can expect to see the folds and wrinkles in their skin decrease dramatically.
The face becomes more voluminous and folds and wrinkles are less pronounced, giving the skin a youthful appearance.
“It can be a real confidence-booster, especially for people in sales or public relations,” Rowsey says, and notes that those who spend ample time dealing with the public need to feel confident about how they look.
Restylane can also be great for smokers whose skin around the lips has wrinkled over time.
Since becoming FDA approved in 2003, Restylane has been a popular choice for people who want to restore the volume in their face, giving them a more youthful appearance, without going under the knife.
There are a number of medspas in the Chicago land area that offer Restylane, including:
Skin Deep Medical Spa
Skin Wize Medical Spa