Restylane® is one of the most popular fillers in the United States and around the world. Approved by the FDA in December of 2003, nationally renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S., is excited to offer this natural, safe filler that is not derived from an animal or human source. From his state-of-the-art facility, Neo Surgery Center, located in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Moelleken and his outstanding team of professionals are committed to helping you look younger and healthier using the most advanced technology available. For over 17 years, Dr. Moelleken has a long-standing and impeccable reputation because of the remarkable, yet natural results he delivers with or without surgery.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body comprised of three layers: the epidermis or outer layer, the dermis or middle layer, and the subcutaneous or deep inner layer. The dermis functions as your skin’s support structure containing collagen, elastin, and other biological substances including hyaluronic acid. Along with collagen, hyaluronic acid plays a very important role in keeping your skin healthy. A natural substance found throughout your body, hyaluronic acid gives volume to your skin and works to trap water and maintain the intercellular space within your dermis. Hyaluronic acid helps to “bind water” which is necessary to keep your skin full and prevent dryness and wrinkling.
As you age, the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid decreases and the elastin fibers become looser and gather in formations becoming visible as wrinkles, lines, and folds. Your skin loses the ability to hold moisture and Restylane® is unique because it maintains its shape by using your body’s own moisture. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is hydrophilic or “water loving” and as it gradually degrades, each molecule binds to more water and over time the same volume can be maintained with less hyaluronic acid. The ability of hyaluronic acid to bind with water up to one thousand times its volume makes it an ideal filler agent.
Restylane® is the first and only dermal filler made from non-animal based hyaluronic acid. This crystal-clear gel called NASHA™ (Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid) is biodegradable, completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid, and is totally stable. Even though it is biosynthetically produced, it is identical to the natural substance produced by your body. Unlike other hyaluronic acid-based injectables, Restylane® is non-animal-based which virtually eliminates any risk of animal or human disease being transmitted or allergic reactions being elicited if you are sensitive to common foods, such as beef, chicken, and eggs. Minimally modified, Restylane® has a low incidence of hypersensitivity reactions and requires no skin testing prior to treatment.
From his Beverly Hills cosmetic surgery office, Dr. Moelleken uses the more robust formulation of Restylane® to treat a variety of imperfections on your face including:
- Moderate to severe facial wrinkles and fold
- Marionette lines
- Hollow tear trough
- Facial contouring
- Enhancing lips
- Chin augmentation
- Acne scars
- Fine lines on your upper and lower lip
- Folds in the cheek areas (melolabial folds and the lines at the corner of your mouth)
- Glabellar lines between your eyebrows
- Nasolabial folds from the bottom of your nose to the corner of your mouth
When you meet with Dr. Moelleken for your initial consultation, he will ask you about your cosmetic goals and the look you wish to achieve. Based on this assessment, he will develop a treatment plan specifically customized and designed to fit you. Restylane® is the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler for lips in patients over 21 years of age. Your lips play a central role in your sensual and emotional life so it is only natural to want them to be beautiful. It is also good for you to want to enhance the appearance of your lips if you feel that their shape or proportions are not well matched to your unique facial structure. In addition, as you age your lips lose volume and using makeup has limited results. Restylane® is one investment in beauty that will give you back beautiful, natural looking lips with fullness and definition.
Restylane®, produced from streptococcus bacteria, is purified, sterilized, and then chemically stabilized into a clear gel. All Restylane® products are transparent and viscous gels and the only difference between the products is the size of the gel particles. During your procedure, Dr. Moelleken will first select one or more injection points for each location to be treated before your skin at the treatment site is cleansed in preparation for injection. Restylane® is mixed with lidocaine, an anesthetic, to make for a virtually pain-free experience although some patients have reported mild stinging or burning. Using special techniques that may include a form of fanning or crosshatching, Dr. Moelleken will inject Restylane® gel beneath the surface of your skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. When the solution is injected into the dermis below the wrinkle, Restylane® integrates into your dermis and binds water doing nothing to hinder the normal metabolism and movement of nutrients and oxygen. Hyaluronic acid in the filler adheres to your skin as the water contained in the acid helps to retain volume under your skin’s surface and the acid acts as a magnet for water. Dr. Moelleken may also gently massage the injection site with his hand to ensure a smooth placement of the product.
Results are immediate however in some cases, your optimal outcome will be fully evident within one week. Restylane® has a success rate for reducing or eliminating deep wrinkles that cannot be accomplished with other procedures and the chemically stabilized hyaluronic acid found in Restylane® can remain in your dermis for up to one year. Depending on the area treated, most folds and wrinkles require one treatment and the procedure can take from a few minutes to one half hour. Although the results are long lasting, they are not permanent as Restylane® over time is gradually reabsorbed into your body without a trace. For this reason, follow up treatments are needed to maintain your results and the repeat maintenance treatment is not usually required for approximately six months or longer. The wonderful thing about Restylane® is that you can replenish your natural beauty whenever you feel the need and it has a success rate for reducing or eliminating deep wrinkles. Restylane® always leaves you a choice when the effect of the treatment has worn off and a touch-up can be performed any time you want one.
The amount of Restylane® used during your treatment depends on the desired correction. The most common side effects of Restylane® include headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms, redness, and pain at the injection points. Infrequently, patients experience muscle weakness, which resolves itself within days. During your consultation, Dr. Moelleken and his staff will help you understand the possible complications and remedies.
As you age, your face loses shape and definition allowing lines, wrinkles and skin folds to take over. Made in Sweden, the land of “natural beauties,” Restylane® treatments can restore the fullness, contours, and smoothness you have lost over time. By restoring volume, Restylane® is a natural solution to a natural problem. Aging is a fact of life but thanks to dermal fillers like Restylane®, looking older no longer has to be the final outcome. Reversing age-related and lifestyle damage is accomplished everyday at Neo Surgery Center where we pride ourselves on helping you regain your “youthfulness”. For both men and women, Restylane® is a non-surgical procedure that we are confident you will be pleased with. A facial rejuvenation treatment with Restylane® will improve the appearance of your face so if you think Restylane® is right for you, Neo Surgery Center invites you to call today for more information. Through his experience and expertise as well as his artistic skill as a surgeon, Dr. Moelleken will assist you in achieving the look you have always wanted. At Neo Surgery Center, you can rest assured that we always put our patient’s safety and comfort first so please trust us to help you obtain and maintain a beautiful, natural, and long lasting result.