We typically think of under-eye bags as the result of stress or a lack of sleep. While these can both certainly be factors, volume loss is the primary cause of under-eye wrinkles, which is a natural part of aging. A quality skincare routine that includes collagen-containing ointments coupled with a bit of extra under-eye concealer helps. However, there is typically only so much you can do with over-the-counter products. You may need aesthetic medicine to help you reach your goals past a certain point.
Dermal fillers contain various substances that plump the skin to restore lost volume and create a youthful appearance. One option that is particularly popular for under-eye treatment is Restylane. Restylane is a hyaluronic acid filler that can effectively address under-eye sagging. If you are considering treatment, we’ll provide a brief overview of what to expect below to help you decide if it’s right for you.
What Is Restylane?
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. HA occurs naturally in the body, but levels diminish with age. This causes our skin to lose its youthful volume and texture, leading to folds, wrinkles, and fine lines. Volume loss frequently leads to under-eye bags and wrinkles.
Restylane can be used under the eyes to restore lost volume and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Restylane comes in a full spectrum of different products (which we’ll go over more below) designed for specific applications. Smaller particles can treat mild fine lines, while bigger particles work for more severe wrinkles and volume loss.
Does Restylane Work?
The original Restylane formula works well for treating under-eye wrinkles, but there are other sub-types of Restylane to consider as well:
- Restylane Defyne: Often used for laugh lines, smiles lines, and other lines around the mouth
- Restylane Lyft: Restores lost volume in the cheeks and face
- Restylane Refyne: Uses for mild to moderate lines on the face and around the mouth
A practitioner can determine which type of Restylane would work best for your needs during a consultation. Remember, Restylane is only effective when working with a reputable provider with a history of administering Restylane treatment.
What Happens During Restylane Injections?
Restylane injections are non-invasive and completely painless for most patients. If you are worried about pain, you can ask that your practitioner apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area before administering injections.
The procedure can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of your treatment. Your practitioner will administer your injections under and around your eyes. Once done, you can typically return to daily activities right away.
However, depending on your medical history and the specific type of injections, your practitioner may recommend you refrain from certain activities – like consuming alcohol – for a set period after treatment. Follow all aftercare instructions closely to avoid complications.
How Long Will Restylane Last Under The Eyes?
After getting Restylane treatments, you will notice immediate improvements. However, full results are not typically apparent until one to two weeks after the procedure.
Results typically last between 9 to 12 months, but everyone’s body is different. Times vary depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the filler. However, filler may break down more slowly under the eyes as there is typically less movement.
Eventually, you will need repeat injections to maintain results once Restylane wears off.
Is Restylane Safe?
Yes. Restylane has been FDA-approved since 2003. It is generally considered a low-risk procedure for most healthy adults. However, any medical procedure does carry some risk for complications.
Common side effects include bruising or bleeding at the injection site or an allergic reaction. Most side effects should clear up on their own within a week and do not require medical treatment. In rare cases, long-term complications may occur, including lumps or biofilm. These issues may need follow-up treatment to address.
The best way to avoid complications is to work with an experienced healthcare professional who has administered injections in the past. When working with a qualified medical professional, the risk of complications is extremely low.
Restylane Under Eyes: The Bottom Line
Sagging and wrinkles underneath the eyes are common side effects of aging. If you’re unable to get the results you want from at-home treatment, Restylane injections can help. The procedure is non-invasive, low-risk, and leaves most patients happy with the final results.
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