Since the Restylane works up to one year, can we get the treatment every year? Will it have any side effect?
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Can we get the treatment every year
Repeat Restylane treatments
Restylane and Repeat Injections
Restylane is a great product for facial injections and the results last from six to nine months. It is not unusual for patients to return once or twice a year for injections. There is no problem with repeat injections. For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with Restylane injections.
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Yes, it is common to have Restylane injections every year.
Since #Restylane lasts up to one year, can #treatment be repeated safely every year?
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
cases there are no problems, since it is quite rare for a patient to develop antibodies to the hyaluronic acid fillers.
There are many variables as to how long a filler will last. These would include individual variation, where the filler is being placed, the skill of the injector, enzymatic factors, the lifestyle of the patient, etc.
For instance, if the filler is injected in an area without much underlying muscular tension, such as the lateral cheek, or a scar, the effect of the filler will be prolonged. Injection of the filler, in say the area overlying the orbicularis oris muscle, in a motor-mouth who feels compelled do go on rants or a chatty, gossipy individual who enjoys informing the public about every detail in their lives and the lives of others...well the filler is just not going to last nearly as long. Fillers in the lip have the shortest life.
It is the contention of some experts in the field that if the filler is injected too deeply into the sub-cutaneous layer,the filler dissipates quicker. This may be due to a better blood supply in this area. My friend and colleague, Dr. Helmut Tilsch, has long maintained, that superior injectors, obtain better long term results because they inject into the dermis rather than the sub-cutaneous layer, which lies under the dermis. It also seems that those who have a vigorous lifestyle, say as an aerobics instructor, or a marathon runner, break down their filler at a much higher rate than more sedentary folks. Similarly, older patients, whose metabolism is slower may break down their filler at a delayed pace. I guess, one of the few benefits of getting older.
The companies that manufacture these products, advise touch-ups BEFORE the filler has dissipated. This may have some truth in it and not just a marketing concept. When performing injections, I will go back and forth with the needle once I am under the skin ( since the pain fibers and receptors are close to the skin surface and not deeper, and the products contain Lidocaine, this is not a painful procedure). I regard this as a horizontal derma needling technique. This creates disruption of collagen which will be replaced by new collagen, a process called neo-collagenesis. This causes the filler to last longer.
Correction will typically last up to a year and can last longer.
Re-treatment can be done on a touch up basis before a year or a complete re-treatment after all of the products has dissipated. Restylane has been around for nearly a decade in the US and longer in Europe-
it has a superb safety track record-
there are no long term side effects.
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