San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti Talks About Collagen Injection and Restalyn Injection
As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet or facial creases over the areas where this muscle movement occurs.
Soft-tissue fillers, most commonly injectable collagen or fat, can help fill in these lines and creases, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creased and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks.
Restylane is a clear substance that is injected into the skin of patients wishing to diminish the appearance of wrinkles or add fullness to certain areas. Restylane is most commonly used to add fullness and volume to lips, as well as fill in wrinkles and folds on the face. This is a great alternative to those wishing to improve their appearance without the cost of timely recovery associated with surgery.
The most important fact to remember about injectable fillers is that the results are not permanent. Injected material is eventually metabolized by the body. You should not expect the same long-lasting results that may be gained from cosmetic surgery.
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that provides support to various parts of the human body: the skin, the joints, the bones and the ligaments. Injectable collagen is derived from purified bovine collagen. The collagen is injected using a fine needle inserted at several points along the edge of the treatment site.
The first step for those patients considering treatment with Restylane is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pousti. When meeting with the doctor, patients will have the opportunity to have their questions answered. Before the treatment begins, our patients will be given ice and a local anesthetic to numb the areas awaiting treatment. This allows for a more comfortable experience.
Do The Injections Hurt?
Most people find that the injections cause only mild, temporary discomfort.
What Will You Look Like After Treatment?
Results may be seen immediately following the injections. When receiving an injection of Restylane, it is important that the treated area be left untouched for approximately 48 hours after the procedure to allow optimal time or the results to take their form. Immediately following treatment, you may notice some minor discomfort, stinging or throbbing in the injected area. Occasionally some bruising or swelling will occur, but it is usually minor. Any redness that appears in the injected site usually disappears within 24 hours.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The duration of the injections varies significantly from patient to patient for both collagen and restylane. Though some patients have reported results lasting a year or more, the majority of patients find that at least half of the injected fullness disappears within 3-6 months. Therefore, repeated injections may be necessary. Your doctor will advise you on how to maintain your results with repeat treatments.