The combination of volume loss and wrinkles on the lower face can age you by several years. But you don’t have to live with the dissatisfaction of visible aging. With a dermal filler like Restylane, you can easily reverse the visible signs of aging. And at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Bay Harbor Miami, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles, and Bay Harbor Islands, FL we even know a few ways to extend the results of your treatment.
So, what is Restylane? This family of products is all formulated with hyaluronic acid, which helps attract moisture to your skin cells to rejuvenate the plumpness of your skin. The results of this treatment can last for about one year on average, although some formulas may last for as long as 24 months.
How Can You Make Restylane Last Longer?
The expected results of a dermal filler like Restylane aren’t necessarily set in stone. There are several factors that will influence how your results develop and how long your results last. For example, closely following your post-treatment instructions can help your results develop correctly, which may also help your results last for as long as predicted.
But if you really want to get the most out of your treatment, then you may want to adopt a few tips to work into your daily routine so your results can last longer. By incorporating these tips, you may be able to eke out a few more weeks from your treatment. The goal of these tips is to give your skin the resources it needs to help it look younger for longer when working with the hyaluronic acid in the dermal filler. These tips may include:
Avoid Excessive Sun
When it comes to preserving the results of your treatment, your number one opponent is excessive exposure to UV light. Not only can UVA and UVB light rays dry out the skin, burn the skin, or cause premature aging, but these rays can also cause the hyaluronic acid in your filler to break down prematurely. Avoiding excessive sunlight will help you avoid developing superficial signs of aging, such as dark spots, and will help your filler results last longer.
If you have to be outside during the day, then you should be sure to wear SPF. Usually, SPF 30 is adequate for most skin types, but if you burn easily or you are very light-skinned, SPF 40 or 50 may be a better fit for your needs. You can also use wide-brimmed hats to protect the skin of your face from sun exposure.
No Cheap Skincare
While drugstore skincare products will help in a pinch, it’s generally a good idea to invest in quality skincare. This doesn’t mean you have to shell out money for high-end brands, but it does mean that you should research the ingredients in your skincare and be sure to select products that help you work toward your skincare goals.
As a general rule, you should be on the lookout for ingredients such as added fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, formaldehyde, and propylene glycol. These ingredients are common in over-the-counter skincare products and may irritate the skin or interact adversely with the ingredients in your dermal filler.
Eat Healthy Food
A change in your diet may be one of the keys to helping the results of your dermal filler last for as long as possible. A diet of primarily whole foods will be enriched with the micro and macronutrients your body needs to function properly. Avoiding processed foods with high sugar, sodium, and caffeine additives can help your skin stay clear and hydrated.
In particular, high sugar in your diet will interfere with your skin’s ability to maintain supportive proteins like collagen and elastin. Caffeine and salt can also dehydrate the skin. Because Restylane fillers work by attracting water to your skin, a diet that interferes with adequate hydration will undermine your results.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol Use
Smoking can negatively affect your skin. For example, nicotine is known to constrict blood vessels, which minimizes the amount of moisture that is available to your skin. Smoking also causes your eyes to squint and lines to develop around your mouth, and that can make you look older in the long run.
High alcohol use can also negatively impact the efficacy of your dermal filler. Alcohol is incredibly dehydrating to the skin and also thins the blood. By limiting alcohol and tobacco consumption, you will be able to have healthier skin.
Did you know about 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? This can have a huge impact on your health, from your blood sugar levels to the way your dermal filler treatment works. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers rely on water in your body to plump your skin, so without adequate hydration, you truly won’t get the results you’re looking for.
And whether or not you are dehydrated, increasing your daily water intake can only be beneficial for the health of your skin and body. Drinking at least 48 to 64 oz of water a day is usually ideal for adults. You can determine whether or not you are drinking enough water by assessing the color of your urine. Clear or pale urine indicates adequate hydration. And be sure to follow up dehydrating liquids like alcohol with a glass of water to balance things out.
Reducing your stress is another key to helping your dermal filler result last longer. Stress produces a hormone called cortisol, which is known to directly break down collagen in the skin. This is why people who lead stressful lives may seem to age quicker than other people. You can reduce stress by rearranging your schedule, incorporating mindfulness exercises, or taking up meditation.
Factor Your Exercise
It seems hard to believe, but a strenuous exercise routine may counteract the longevity of a dermal filler. Exercise is good for you, but a high metabolism can mean that your dermal filler formula breaks down more quickly. This doesn’t mean that you need to stop exercising so intensely, but it does mean that your results may not last as long if you are sweating it out at the gym every day.
Avoid Making Faces
Maintaining your youthful results may also rely on breaking certain facial expression habits. Try to be aware of when you are frowning or subconsciously making faces. The more relaxed you can keep your face, the longer your results will last.
For one thing, repeated facial expressions are the number one cause of dynamic wrinkles; the more often you make an expression, the more likely the skin will remember the way it folds, which leads to the development of lines and wrinkles. Additionally, some dermal fillers are known to break down more quickly in areas of the face that are highly mobile, such as the nasolabial area. By limiting your subconscious expressions, you may be able to enjoy longer-lasting results.
After you reach a certain age, using retinol as part of your daily skincare routine is a good idea. Applying retinol to the skin each day can boost collagen production and cellular turnover. Retinol and other anti-aging skincare treatments can fortify the results of your filler so you can enjoy your treatment for longer periods of time.
Finally, the best way to make your results last longer is to stay on top of your maintenance appointments. These are annual appointments that will top off your dermal filler to extend your results seamlessly. While many people will schedule these appointments once a year, everyone has a slightly different frequency. You should schedule your next appointment when you notice the volume of your skin is starting to fade.
Are You a Good Candidate for Restylane?
Most people are good candidates for Restylane dermal fillers because this family of products is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is well-tolerated and compatible with the human body. As long as you are over the age of 21, not pregnant or breastfeeding, and you have visible signs of aging, you are likely an ideal candidate for this collection of fillers. A consultation will determine whether or not this treatment can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Restore and Rejuvenate Your Skin
Dermal fillers are a popular treatment that can restore and rejuvenate your skin for significant periods of time. You may be able to extend the results of your treatment by following tips such as drinking more water and using the right skincare products for your aesthetic goals. Please contact Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Bay Harbor Miami, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles, and Bay Harbor Islands, FL to schedule your initial appointment today.