Motivated by a desire to be more competitive and youthful in the workplace, and with the increased awareness that nonsurgical approaches can improve skin structure, women and men are developing a strong interest in cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance. Injectable facial fillers offer an excellent option in the treatment of facial aging, wrinkling and contour defects. They are a viable alternative to surgery for patients seeking a safe, minimally invasive and affordable means of maintaining a youthful appearance. Dermal fillers and injectables are now regarded as attractive alternatives to more aggressive and more expensive surgical options.
Restylane, a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler products are nearly identical to the natural hyaluronic acid found in the body. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of human skin with a remarkable water-binding capacity which gives the skin volume. The strong moisturizing property results in a soft, smooth, hydrated and elastic skin. There is no need for skin testing prior to the injections. Hyaluronic acid fillers last from 6 to 12 months, until almost all of the material is naturally broken down and absorbed into the skin. HA fillers have become the most popular fillers on the market.
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid gel that is distributed by Medicis Aesthetics, Inc.(Scottsdale, AZ), deriving FDA approval in 2003. Restylane has been shown to provide excellent results when used to fill hollow areas of the face, lips, and cheeks. It obtained FDA approval for lip augmentation in October, 2011.
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