Experience With Restylane Treatment
I became interested in Restylane to fix a problem of hollowness across my cheeks. I am not a bad looking woman– I think I have a pretty good facial structure with the normal sprinkling of flaws here and there. Overall, I like my face. The only things are those dark shadows in the hollows of my cheeks that distract quite a bit from my appearance. When I looked in the mirror, I saw a nice painting– a nice painting with smears across its surface. I wanted those smears gone.
I made an appointment with a dermatologist for my first IV Therapy on Long Island. After my bad experience with mesotherapy, I decided to do my homework and thoroughly research about Restylane. This time I am going in with my eyes and ears wide open supported by facts and not merely by hearing, saying or word of mouth.
I looked up my information on the internet: Many people practice restylane injections– nurses, physician assistants, general practitioners, gynecologists, even dentists. Apparently, there are not very stringent requirements for one to administer or inject restylane. So I wanted to plan this very safely by deciding that I would make an appointment with either a dermatologist who knows about facial structure and skin, or a cosmetic surgeon.
I went with a dermatologist who has a fairly decent practice and has a good amount of experience injecting restylane.
Lesson #1: Pick a doctor who has a good reputation. They have so much to lose if they screw up, so chances are, they will not screw up. Remember, this is YOUR FACE.
When a doctor looks at your face, he has his own perspective of how your face should look like. This is fine when coupled with the fact that, assuming he has done the restylane injections many times before, he has the expertise of knowing where to inject and where the restylane is going from the injection site.
The other parts of the story is how you see your face and how you want it to look like. You must communicate very clearly to your doctor which areas you want the restylane to affect. This communication is key. Most of the time, you and your doctor will agree. Sometimes, however, you will find that you and your doctor don’t exactly see on the same level. Remember, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. What looks good to your doctor may not necessarily be what you want. Ultimately, it is how you want your face to look and what will make you happy.
Some Things About Restylane: I’ve had three restylane treatments so far. There are some of my observations about Restylane based on my personal experience. Keep in mind that these may be subjective but I decided I should share them anyway.
1) To a certain degree, restylane can be moved, molded, and manipulated up to the first hours of injections. I have noticed that I can flatten, shape, or move the restylane. I discovered this by accident after my first treatment. I was advised to massage the right side of my under eye area, as it was swelling more than the left side. At first, I thought I noticed that after some massaging, I had actually moved and flattened the restylane from the injection area, but I thought I was imagining it. Now after two more restylane treatments, I know for sure, at least in my case, that I can move it and emphasize it only to a certain extent. Now, I am not saying that you should get restylane
2) The following paragraph should be logical, but what woman who is on a quest for beauty is logical? When you create volume on a certain area of your face, it affects the appearance of the other areas, too. Let’s say you have a certain area of your face where you may have a minor flaw/hollowness/darkness which was unnoticeable to you pre-restylane treatment. Now, say you decide to have restylane injections on your cheeks to create more volume there. Fine, now you have fuller cheeks. But all of a sudden, you see how hollow and dark your under eyes area is. It’s like you have two negative parts of an equation; if you make one of them positive (in this case, better looking), the negative now becomes more noticeable.
I am sharing this because I have personally experienced it. It is not to say it is good or bad. Personally, I will always want to look better if possible. But my point in sharing this is to make you aware of what goes when you start “renovating” your face. You want more because you want more, not entirely because you are a vain person (well, I am, I admit it), but also because the some other areas of your face now contrast to the restylane treated area. And, of course, you would feel a need to improve those other areas. This “chain reaction” is a normal reaction that you need to recognize and be aware of and know how to manage.