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Restylane  New York City, NYC

Restylane®, the clear hyaluronic acid gel from Sweden, was approved by the FDA for cosmetic uses. Hyaluronic acid is a natural polysaccharide that is highly bio-compatible. The source is bacterial fermentation which is non-animal, so no pre-treatment allergy testing is required. The most common areas to be treated are the nasolabial folds (creases from the nose to mouth), the nasomental creases (corners of the mouth) and around the lips, as well as cheek and chin contours, and it can last six months and longer.

Restylane  New York City, NYC

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We often combine Restylane® with BOTOX® for best results. The BOTOX® relaxes the muscle so that the Restylane® that is filling up the lines may last longer. Restylane® fills in wrinkles, while botulinum toxin softens the appearance of facial lines by paralyzing the muscles that cause contractions underneath the skin. Dermal fillers like Restylane® actually add volume under the surface of the skin to plump up creases, and folds from the inside out, which makes them ideal for spackling the crevices around the mouth and inflating lips and hollow cheeks. The transparent hyaluronic acid gel softens the deep creases that branch from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth called the nasolabial folds, as well as to the marionette lines or commissures that form lines that resemble parentheses from the mouth to the chin.

At a certain stage, usually in the 40's and up, a loss of fullness in the face and flattened cheekbones tend to be added to the growing list of improvements women and men demand from a quick, non-surgical lift. Whereas BOTOX® works well in the upper face to smooth out frown and squint lines, it doesn't work quite as effectively in the lower two thirds of the face. This area is where Restylane® has the most potential. One possible exception is that BOTOX® is also useful in the neck to soften muscle bands and early jowling in some people.

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