Restylane Specialist in Seattle – Dr. David Pratt
Also serving Bellevue, Everett and Tacoma, WA
Restylane® is a safe, crystal clear cosmetic filling agent made from hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar component of the skin that restores the volume and fullness to the skin and corrects moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).
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Restylane® is also used during lip augmentation to create fuller-looking lips. As of 2007, Restylane® has been used in more than four million treatments in over seventy countries. We have been treating Restylane® Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and other Washington-area patients since 2003, the year Restylane® was approved by the FDA for use in the United States. View some of renowned Bellevue plastic surgeon Dr. Pratt’s previous patients at the photo gallery.
What is Hyaluronic Acid and what does it do?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in the dermal layer of the skin. Its primary function in natural skin is to provide volume. Because of its ability to bind with water up to one thousand times its volume it is an ideal filler agent, since following injection the skin appears healthier, fuller, and tighter and thus the lines, wrinkles, and folds are improved.
Are there other facial fillers that contain Hyaluronic Acid?
Yes, Captique, Hylaform, Juvederm, and Perlane®.
What are the advantages of Restylane over some of the other soft tissue fillers?
Restylane® has been proven to last significantly longer than the traditional bovine collagen injections such as Zyderm and Zyplast. It is simpler than fat injections because no material needs to be harvested from the patient’s body. Because it is a non-animal product, no test patches are required prior to treatment and there is no risk of disease transmission or allergic reactions to bovine tissue.
Who will perform my Restylane injection?
Dr. Pratt personally performs all of the injections done in our office including the local anesthetic if one is needed, so you can rest assured that you will have someone who is not only technically very skilled, but also artistically gifted performing your procedure.
Dr. Pratt believes in subtle, natural looking enhancements. His ultimate goal is that you leave with a well rested, relaxed, and refreshed appearance.
You will be advised to avoid any aspirin products or Motrin type drugs before and after your injection in order to minimize bruising. Dr. Pratt may apply a numbing agent prior to your injection. The entire procedure takes approximately fifteen minutes for one area. You may resume normal activities immediately following your injection.
Restylane results typically last six to twelve months, so you may wish to schedule follow up treatments one to two times yearly to maintain your enhanced look.
Are the injections painful?
No, since Dr. Pratt will numb the area prior to the injection you will feel no pain during the procedure.
What is recovery like?
Most people feel completely comfortable resuming their daily activities immediately after treatment. You may experience some temporary puffiness, temporary blushing, slight bruising, or tenderness at the site of injection, but this is usually short-lived and can be easily camouflaged with makeup.
Avoidance of aspirin and ibuprofen type products prior to injection will help minimize the bruising effect. For the first twenty four hours following treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure.
What other treatments will complement my Restylane injection?
Dr. Pratt often will perform simultaneous BOTOX® injections for relief of the effect of the underlying muscles on wrinkle and fold creation, especially in the brow and “crow’s foot” regions. In addition to these procedures, Dr. Pratt is also a leading provider of Radiesse in Seattle, Bellevue and other Washington communities.
I am interested, what do I do next?
If you wish to improve appearance of your face and you think Restylane® injections are right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pratt to get all of your questions answered right away.
Dr. Pratt will be happy to speak with you about Restylane® or other appropriate cosmetic procedures. Dr. Pratt can assist you in achieving the look you’ve always wanted. His knowledge, training and experience, combined with his artistic flair, can help you obtain beautiful, long lasting, safe results.
Our modern Seattle area offices and technologically advanced surgical center are just two of the many ways we put patient safety and comfort first.
Please contact us to schedule your initial consultation and find out more about how you can restore and enhance your natural beauty. We look forward to meeting you soon!