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Restylane®

Although cosmetic surgical procedures have been utilized for years to improve patient’s appearance, they have definite limitations in some areas. Many patients are concerned about both deep and superficial skin wrinkles. Unfortunately, procedures such as facelifts, eyelid lifts and forehead lifts do not treat the skin wrinkles. This is where other treatments such as fillers and Botox® can offer significant improvement. For many years, doctors injected collagen and other fillers to add volume to specific areas like the lips and to deeper wrinkles to fill them from behind. Most of the previously used fillers like collagen and silicone had many well known and frequent complications.

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In 2003, The FDA approved Restylane® for the treatment of facial wrinkles. Dr. Scruggs is pleased to be able to offer Restalyne® and Captique® to his patients for treatments of deeper facial wrinkles and other cosmetic uses. There are many advantages to Restylane® and related products like Captique®. Both are hyaluronic acid based products. Hyaluronic acid is present and human tissues and hence is the most natural product that could be used as a filler. It has been used by physicians world wide since 1996 prior to its approval in the United States. When considering treatment with any filler, it is important to select and physician who has experience in cosmetic surgical procedures. Dr. Scruggs has over X years experience in cosmetic eyelid and facial surgery. Contact our office today for more information on Restylane® and Captique®.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ):

1. What areas can be treated with fillers such as Restylane® and Captique®?
The most common areas are the lips, and the deep folds between the bottom of the nose and the outer corner of the mouth (naso-labial folds). Other areas are the depressions below the eye (naso-jugal folds) and the wrinkle from the side of the mouth to the chin (marionette lines). It can also be used to enhance and augment the lips. Dr. Scruggs can discuss what will work best for you after he assesses your concerns and goals of treatment.
2. What exactly is Restylane®?
Restylane® is an injectable gel. It is made up of Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA). It is biodegradable and fully biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid. Hence it is not necessary to skin test patients prior to use. Restylane is free from animal proteins and thus the risk of transmission of animal based disease is limited. Since it is made from bacteria, it does contain trace amounts of gram-positive bacterial proteins and should not be used by patients with allergies to such proteins. Captique® is also an NASHA with slightly different properties.
3. Is allergy testing required prior to injecting Restylane® or Captique®?
No.
4. Are there any side affects?
You may experience mild swelling or redness that generally resolves within a few days. Some patients experience a mild itchy feeling that goes away in one or two days.
5. How long does Restylane® and Captique® last?
This can vary from patient to patient. In most patients the effects last about 2 ½ to 4 months.

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