Restylane Silk is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler offered at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC. It is FDA-approved for lip augmentation and can be used to improve lip symmetry when one lip is disproportionately large or to enhance the appearance of the upper and lower lip. Moreover, you can use this treatment to erase perioral lines. Today, we’re taking a closer look at who may qualify for this treatment, how quickly it works, and a lot more.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Restylane Silk?
You will most likely be considered a good Restylane Silk candidate if you want to add volume to your lips subtly or volumize away perioral wrinkles forming around your mouth. However, the FDA has only approved this injectable for individuals who are at least 21 years of age. Additionally, you should understand that this treatment is not appropriate for adults who suffer from certain medical conditions, like:
- Poorly managed diabetes
Other Frequently Asked Questions Answered
How Quickly Does This Treatment Work?
You can generally expect to feel a bit more confident in your appearance as soon as your treatment is over. However, you will not be able to see your ideal results immediately after your first injection session. The hyaluronic acid-based gel will volumize your treated areas immediately and increase the volume of water in the treatment areas.
The final results of this treatment, however, will not become apparent until localized collagen production has increased significantly. You should expect this to take several days, and in some cases, it can take up to two full weeks.
How Long Can I Expect My Results to Last?
Individual results vary, but it should not surprise you if you enjoy your desired results for six to nine months. This may not be as long as fillers designed to treat concerns in other areas, but it is notoriously difficult to provide long-lasting lip augmentation results.
Other treatments can only provide optimal results that last for three months. Furthermore, getting injections once or twice a year is a lot easier than reapplying lipstick several times daily to keep your lips looking volumized, moist, and beautiful.
How Long Should I Expect My Treatment Session to Take?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect your injection session to take 15 to 45 minutes to complete. Factors affecting how long your session will take include the severity of your concerns, the number of concerns being treated, and whether you will need complementary treatments during the same appointment.
What Should I Expect During My Treatment Session?
You can expect your treatment session to be completely comfortable. We use a tiny needle to administer the filler, so you should only expect to feel a small amount of pressure as the injections are being administered. We are also happy to use a topical numbing cream to numb your skin prior to treatment if needles make you feel a little uncomfortable.
Before your treatment session begins, we will confirm that you are ready for treatment. Remember that sunburn, eczema, and other forms of skin irritation will require you to postpone your treatment. Furthermore, we need to verify that your vitals are normal and you’re not sick. Once that’s done, we’ll sterilize the injection sites. Then, we’ll administer small amounts of the gel into several strategic points in your areas of concern. Finally, we’ll review your aftercare guidelines.
What Aftercare Guidelines Will I Need to Adhere to?
Once your injections are administered, you will need to refrain from touching the treatment area for at least six to eight hours after your appointment. Additionally, you need to avoid applying makeup and other cosmetics to the treatment area for at least 24 hours following your treatment. Moreover, during the first 24 hours following your injection session, you will need to avoid:
- Direct sun exposure
- Excessive heat
- Profuse sweating
- Vigorous exercise
- Drinking alcohol
- Sleeping on your side
- Sleeping on your stomach
- Consuming caffeine
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Session?
To prepare for your Restylane Silk injections, you need to stop taking any drugs or supplements that can affect the thickness of your blood. For example, you will not be able to take ibuprofen, aspirin, or fish oil supplements. During your initial consultation, we will advise you on all the off-limits drugs and supplements. You also need to not smoke or drink alcohol in preparation for your treatment.
Furthermore, it is important that you are hydrated when you come in for your appointment. Additionally, it is essential that your targeted areas are free from irritation when you come in for your appointment.
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You can generally expect to qualify for Restylane Silk injections if you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your lips and mouth and are at least 21 years of age. However, you won’t qualify if you suffer from certain medical conditions, like sunburn or a bleeding disorder. If you think you could benefit from this injectable anti-aging treatment, contact us now at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC, to schedule your initial consultation and find out for sure.