Restylane in Little Rock, AR
Dr. English, a triple board-certified surgeon at English Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center, offers various plastic surgery procedures to the residents of Little Rock, Conway, Pulaski County and the surrounding communities in Arkansas.
What is Restylane® dermal filler?
Restylane® is an injectable filler that helps provide filling or plumping within the foundational layers of our skin known as dermis which makes up 80 to 90 percent of the skin’s thickness. Why is that necessary? With each decade of life lived, the foundational layers of our skin lose approximately six percent of their thickness. As age, sun exposure, genetics and lifestyle choices slow down the skin’s ability to renew itself, we begin to see and feel our skin’s thickness diminish. This loss initially becomes obvious in the areas around the eyes, the mouth and the hands, but its effects are ongoing in other areas as well. As the skin thins with age, wrinkling and the formation of facial lines are not far behind. To see the effects of Restylane®, view our Restylane® before and after pictures.
How does Restylane® work?
Restylane® is one of the newer products made up of hyaluronic acid, which is found in our dermis naturally. As a hyaluronic acid, it is ubiquitous throughout our skin and is considered a part of what is known as ground substances that are responsible for our skin’s plumpness and youthfulness. This and other substances known as glycoaminoglycans and proteoglycans can imbibe and attract up to 1000-10,000 times their molecular weight in water. Since 60 percent of our body is water in some form or another, molecules that can attract and hold water within our skin are not only necessary but also desirable. Although Dr. English offers several fillers in his office in Little Rock, Restylane® is one of the more popular ones because of its ease of use, its safety record and its longevity of results as measured in several months.
The most common areas of interest among our Restylane® patients, include the face, especially around the mouth areas, although it can be injected in other areas as well. It is FDA approved for augmentation of the lips, which provides a fullness that is lost with age. Thin lips can make one look severe or harsh. With softer, fuller lips, the patient notices a more pleasant and youthful appearance. Since its injection requires a needle placed through the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and into the middle of the dermis (the inner layer of skin), a topical numbing agent can be applied to the skin’s surface to lessen the discomfort of the injection. If anxiety is an issue, our highly trained staff can administer nitrous oxide, which is known as laughing gas, to address your concerns. The treatment process is brief and so is the recovery time.
Dermal fillers are very effective at eliminating smile lines; however, many also provide patients with a “frozen” appearance. For those who wish to appear more like themselves, Restylane® Defyne might be a perfect option. This injectable treatment effectively fills in moderate-to-deep laugh lines, yet allows for normal movement of the face and lips. The result is that your wrinkles just fade away, yet no one will be able to tell you have had a procedure done.
As with other fillers in the Restylane® family, this product contains hyaluronic acid to firm and plump the skin. But what is different about Restylane® Refyne is the fact that it is also created with XpresHAn Technology™ to provide greater structural support for your cheeks. You can expect to enjoy your very natural-looking results for up to one year.
What is Restylane® Lift and how does it differ from other dermal fillers?
Restylane® Lift is a hyaluronic acid, as is Restylane®, both of which are capable of the same hydrophilic properties of our own native dermal glycoaminoglycans and proteoglycans that attract and hold a significant amount of water within the superficial and deep layers of our skin. However, since the molecular weight and particle size of Restylane® Lift is larger, it allow us to place it deeper within the confines of the reticular dermis (lower layer of the skin) and adjoining subcutaneous layers (layers just under the skin) without the rapid degradation and/or loss of results as seen when the smaller hyaluronic products are placed in these areas.
Why is that important?
When a patient has a rather deep fold or line on their face, it is extremely important that we layer products in the depth of the crease to obtain a better and longer lasting result that is more cost effective over time. Since the particle size of Restylane® Lift is much larger than Restylane® (Restylane® Lift has 10,000 particles per milliliter as opposed to Restylane® that has 100,000 particles per milliliter), the Restylane® Lift can be used as a baseline filler to achieve a much more natural look and feel in the depth of your line or wrinkle.
Restylane® Lift is now FDA approved for midface/cheek augmentation. It helps give that youthful fullness in areas previously not injected. As it fills the cheek deficit, it also lifts the skin around marionette lines.
If you are “faced” with deeper static lines of expression and/or are frustrated with previously failed attempts at their correction, please inquire as to whether or not you may be a candidate for Restylane® Lift by contacting our office at your convenience.
How much does Restylane® cost in Little Rock?
Each Restylane® procedure is unique because it is performed with YOU in mind. Since your needs will be different from other patients, it will not be possible to provide you with an exact cost until after you meet with Dr. English the first time. Once he has established a treatment plan, we can then go over the cost and discuss which method of payment might be right for you. We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards, in addition to financing through CareCredit® or MedLoanFinance.com.
Restylane® procedures are generally considered elective, and are therefore not covered under most health insurance plans. As such, our office does not accept any form of health coverage.
If you are interested in this comprehensive skin filler treatment, please call English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center and Surgi-Spa in Little Rock for more information or to set up a consultation at our Surgi-Spa at which time you will also be shown Restylane® Lift before and after photos.
If you would like to look and feel your very best, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jim English, triple board certified in cosmetic procedures for the face and body. We look forward to seeing you during your Restylane® consultation.