Can Restylane Replace Surgical Procedures?

by Dr. JR. Wright

No. The answer is a very emphatic no. Restylane cannot replace surgical procedures but it can be used in conjunction with surgery to fill out the wrinkles that cannot be removed by surgery.

Various surgery procedures such as lifts will typically generally rejuvenate and tighten loose skin. Restylane and Botox are derma fillers. These type of derma fillers will fill in areas of the skin to give your a younger more appealing look.

In any face-lift procedure which is a cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the patient, surgery is used to remove the excess skin, tighten the muscles and give the person a youthful look. Sometimes surgery cannot remove or lessen the wrinkles. It is here that derma fillers like restylane come forward to complete the treatment. Restylane treatment is a simple procedure which does not need any pre-testing for allergies, or hospitalization or much recovery time.

Surgery and restylane procedures can be performed on the patient but they may have to be staggered, i.e. they cannot be used at once and the same time. It is for the doctor to decide the procedure. Surgery and restlyane complement each other but do not replace each other. Each procedure has its own plus and minus points. The doctor has to be consulted and a thorough discussion on the kind of therapy to be used has to be decided. Maybe a combination of surgical and derma filler procedures may fetch the best results. It depends on the patient, his age, his doctor and his body structure.

Many people do not have enough faith in derma fillers or they are afraid of the unknown consequences. Or they may have a sensitive skin which does not augur well for outside medicines. Though restylane does not produce any allergy or any reaction those with very sensitive skins may prefer the age-old therapy of surgical intervention for face-lifts.

Restylane is where hyaluronic acid gel is injected into the area to be treated. This hyaluronic gel is similar to the hyaluronic acid present in our bodies. Hence pre testing for allergy is not needed in this form of treatment. The gel attaches itself to water molecules and fills up the gaps, which have caused lines or wrinkles in the patient. Restylane then remains there for about six months and then gets absorbed or removed through natural means.

Surgery, on the other hand, consist of incisions and sutures, anesthesia and hospitalization, recovery period and medications which restylane procedure does not have. Yet restylane cannot replace surgical procedures. Each has their own importance.

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