Do you have nasolabial folds that make you feel self-conscious? Do you have marionette lines that seem to be a permanent fixture on your face? If so, you may be a good fit for Restylane Refyne injections at the office of Mimi Lee, MD in Little Rock, AR. Sometimes, it’s hard to determine which anti-aging treatment is right for you due to the number of options on the market. To help you figure it out, today, we’re taking a closer look at Refyne, including how it works.
How Does Restylane Refyne Work?
Restylane Refyne works by increasing the amount of volume in the foundational layer of your skin. You can expect to see a minimization of your facial folds and wrinkles as soon as your injections are complete because the administered hyaluronic acid-based gel significantly increases localized volume. However, the gel isn’t the only thing adding volume to your skin. Extra water is drawn into the area, and it remains, due to the hydrophilic nature of hyaluronic acid.
Note that you should not expect to see your final results on the same day as your treatment even though you will see an improvement. Over the course of roughly 10 to 14 days, your skin consumes the hyaluronic acid and gel, using the ingredients to produce collagen and elastin, special substances that support your skin, keeping it plump, bright, tight, and smooth.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
Generally, Restylane Refyne results last for up to a year. That said, individual experiences vary. There are multiple variables that affect how long the ideal results remain. Some variables, like your age, you can’t do anything to change. Fortunately, there are variables you can manipulate in your favor to get the longest-lasting results possible. Here are just three highly effective steps you can take.
Limit UV Exposure
If you only want to commit to one lifestyle change to facilitate longer-lasting results, limiting UV exposure is your best bet. It is the number one cause of premature skin aging in the country. When you use indoor tanning methods, like beds or lamps, your skin darkening is indicative of sustaining damage. It is not healthy for your skin to become extra melanated.
If you make a commitment to not using indoor tanning methods, it is less likely that your skin will wrinkle and fold prematurely because there is a smaller chance of your collagen being damaged. Similarly, you should stay out of the sun when it is emitting particularly strong UV rays. When you go outside, regardless of the weather, make sure that you use a water-resistant sun protectant that provides an adequate SPF. Reapply this sunscreen regularly.
Nicotine consumption is another significant factor that has been shown to influence how quickly your skin ages. Like UV rays, when you consume nicotine, your collagen is damaged. Even worse, your skin is less efficient at producing new collagen to replace the damaged collagen. If you want to enjoy your ideal results for as long as possible, don’t smoke, and do your best to avoid secondhand smoke.
Mind Your Diet
You should also mind your diet if you plan on enjoying wrinkle-free skin for as long as possible. When you eat certain foods, like fried foods, processed foods, or foods that are very high in sugar, collagen can be damaged. Depending on the quantity of junk food you consume, you may end up needing a follow-up appointment sooner than you expect. Similarly, a sooner follow-up appointment may be necessary if you drink too many beverages with sugar or alcohol.
Note that you don’t just need to minimize your consumption of harmful foods and drinks. You also need to make sure you eat plenty of foods that are good for your skin. For instance, you should make a point to eat protein with every meal. When you eat protein, your body breaks it down into the amino acids it comprises. These amino acids are used for several functions, including collagen production. Also, eat plenty of vitamin C.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You need to sit down with Dr. Mimi Lee and talk about your health and goals before you can find out for sure if this treatment is appropriate for you. Typically, relatively healthy adults who are concerned about the appearance of laugh lines are deemed a good fit for this treatment. However, it’s not right for everyone. For instance, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment if you are allergic to lidocaine or have had an anaphylactic reaction in the past.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Restylane Refyne smooths wrinkles away by increasing the volume under the skin. During the first 10 to 14 days, this is due to the gel administered into the deepest layer of the skin and the extra water in the area. The final results are derived from increased production of collagen and elastin. Contact us today at the office of Mimi Lee, MD in Little Rock, AR to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about this incredible anti-aging treatment.