Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Restylane—what is it and what does it do?

I'm not a fan of before and after photos, these included

Restylane® is an injectable (wrinkle) filler that received FDA approval at the end of 2003. It is made from hyaluronic acid; hyaluronic acid is an amino acid (a protein) found naturally in our own skin. It is suggested that Restylane is going to take over for collagen as the number one choice for plumping up depressions in the skin, aka wrinkles. Unlike collagen, which has an animal origin, hyaluronic acid is made in the chemistry lab, alleviating the possibility of allergic reaction like with animal-derived collagen.

The results of a single injection can last anywhere from six months to even an entire year. Prices will vary according to whom you go to and what they are charging, but the basic cost per syringe is around $500. Collagen, on the other hand, costs about the same but only lasts half as long.

As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on this latest and greatest “miracle” to remove the life and lines that are on your face. I’m in my 50s and am resistant to changing what is now the progression of my own aging process. I suppose it's the scientist in me that wants to see how I will age—naturally; I want to see how the lines show up and increase, how gray my hair will get, and what I will look like—untouched—at 60, 70, and even 80 years of age.

Perhaps at some point I will partake in some of the anti-aging products and procedures that I am currently saying no to. I give myself the leeway to change my mind, knowing that I might just keep traveling on the very same path I am on now. Time will tell.

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