We were all born with smooth, baby-soft skin. When we were children, the muscles under our skin contracted to display facial lines of emotion, signifying happiness or sadness. As soon as our emotions returned to normal, our expression lines disappear.
But as we go through a lifetime of emotions and our skin begins to lose its elasticity, those facial lines do not go away completely, making us look older than we feel. Our skin becomes a road map showing the effects of where we have been and what we have done.
Causes of Facial Wrinkles
- Sun exposure
- Alcohol use
- Poor nutrition
BOTOX is one of the leading non-surgical solutions for anti-aging. Kirk Eye Center is also proud to offer a wide range of cosmetic dermal for restoring vibrancy to your face. Call us in River Forest (708-771-3334) or Gurnee (847-249-4660) to find the filler that's right for you!
Alternatives to Botox injection
What Is Restylane®?
Your skin is made of layers. Between those layers is a clear, jelly-like substance called hyaluronic acid. As you grow older, the amount of hyaluronic acid diminishes, and your skin can cave, causing a wrinkle along the line. That’s where Restylane® comes in.
In simple terms, Restylane is a clear, anti wrinkle, biodegradable filler, based on hyaluronic acid. It is injected into the skin to replace hyaluronic acid that has dissipated over time. Restylane fills in and smoothes out wrinkles.
Restylane is for those who want to reduce or eliminate:
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes
- Frown lines that run between eyebrows
- Vertical lines on the mouth
- Lines at the corner of the mouth
- Smile lines that run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth
- Acne scars
- Some facial scars
What to expect on your procedure day
Prior to your Restylane injection procedure, a topical anesthetic cream can be applied to the area to be treated. You can also choose to have a local anesthetic injection.
During treatment, Restylane is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The injected gel produces natural volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, leaves no marks or scars, and the results can be seen immediately.
Restylane wrinkle treatment is long-lasting but not permanent. The length of time a treatment maintains its effect depends on many factors such as your age, skin type, life-style and muscle activity, as well as the injection technique. Most patients choose to have a follow-up treatment four to six months after the initial treatment of wrinkles.
Restylane is a safe product, made of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in the body. To date, more than a million treatments have successfully been carried out with Restylane in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Immediately after the treatment, you can expect a slight redness, swelling, tenderness and an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days.
For lip augmentation injections, the swelling may last up to a week. During this time, the lips can look somewhat uneven. This means that the result directly after the treatment should not be regarded as the final result. If the discomfort continues or if other reactions occur, you should contact your doctor.
About 1 in 2,000 patients experience reactions that can affect the surrounding tissues. Redness, tenderness and rarely acne-like formations have also been reported. These reactions have generally been described as mild to moderate with an average duration of two weeks.
Important safety considerations for Restylane
Restylane should not be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment. Restylane should not be used by people with bleeding disorders.
Use of Restylane at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. In these instances, Restylane use could delay healing or make your skin problems worse. After treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. These are typically mild in severity and normally last less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips.
Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36 years, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years. Rarely, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin.
Although rare, red or swollen bumps may occur. If you have had facial cold sores before, an injection can cause an outbreak. To avoid bruising and bleeding, you should not use Restylane if you have recently used drugs that thin your blood or prevent clotting. Restylane should not be used during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years for nasolabial folds.
Treatment volume should be limited to 6.0 mL in wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, and limited to 1.5 mL per lip, as greater amounts significantly increase moderate and severe injection site reactions. The safety or effectiveness of treatment in areas other than nasolabial folds and lips has not been established in controlled clinical studies.
Restylane is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete product and safety information is available at RestylaneUSA.com. Restlyane is a registered trademark of HA North American Sales AB (RES 11-162B 02/28/13)
What Is Latisse™?
Latisse™ is the first and only FDA approved prescription eyelash growth treatment proven to grow your own natural eyelashes longer, fuller, and darker…is now available at Kirk Eye Center.
Individual results may vary.
If you stop using LATISSE®, your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months. It is possible for a difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation (darkness), number of eyelash hairs, and/or direction of eyelash growth to occur between eyes (e.g., results may vary for each eye). These differences, should they occur, will usually go away if you stop using LATISSE®.
LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker, and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.
Important safety information
If you are using, or have used, prescription products for any eye pressure problems, only use LATISSE® under close doctor care. LATISSE® use may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye, which is likely permanent. Eyelid skin darkening may occur, which may be reversible.
Only apply at the base of the upper eyelashes. DO NOT APPLY to the lower eyelid. Hair growth may occur in other skin areas that LATISSE® solution frequently touches.
If you develop or experience any eye problems or have eye surgery, consult your doctor immediately about continued use of LATISSE®.
The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are itchy eyes and/or eye redness.
If discontinued, lashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.
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