As we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and youthful volume, resulting in wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a popular solution to these aging signs, but the results are temporary and can look unnatural as you move the facial muscles. RHA Collection fillers were designed to address these concerns for a longer-lasting dermal filler with natural-looking results. Dr. Liz Damstetter and the Reserve Dermatology team proudly offer this option to Glenview, Illinois patients.
RHA dermal fillers are designed using a new form of hyaluronic acid called resilient hyaluronic acid (RHA), a specialized formula designed to adapt to facial movement better than other hyaluronic acid fillers while offering long-lasting results. RHA injectables are intended for dynamic wrinkles as well as static folds in the skin, such as nasolabial folds.
Dynamic wrinkles appear as you speak or express yourself using facial muscles but are made worse by volume loss and collagen depreciation that occurs with the natural aging process. The formula for RHA was also designed to most closely resemble natural hyaluronic acid for smooth and subtle results to treat dynamic facial wrinkles specifically.
RHA Collection fillers are designed to treat moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles and folds in areas such as the nasolabial fold, marionette lines, or smoker’s lines. The RHA Collection includes three formulations, each designed for wrinkles or folds of varying severity, RHA 2, RHA 3, and RHA 4. This means that the formulas can treat moderate wrinkles and deeper wrinkles customizably depending on a number of factors for a range of patients. They can also be used to add volume and fullness, like other dermal fillers, or improve balance and symmetry to areas such as the lips or cheeks.
Prior to receiving your injections, Dr. Damstetter will briefly review your health history and examine your skin to determine whether RHA fillers are a safe and suitable option for you. This is true for a majority of patients, though those with certain health concerns, such as bleeding disorders or some allergies, may not be suited to dermal filler injections.
If you’re a good candidate, the first step is for Dr. Damstetter to thoroughly cleanse your skin. A topical numbing agent may also be applied to ensure your comfort. After determining the appropriate injection sites and the amount of product needed, the RHA fillers will be injected using a small needle or a cannula (a blunt-tipped needle-like tube). This process takes 15-30 minutes to complete.
Following your injections, it is normal to see some slight swelling or bruising that may last up to 1 week. RHA Collection fillers do not require downtime, though you should avoid excess sun exposure, strenuous activity like exercise, drinking alcohol, or applying makeup or other products to the injection site for at least 24 hours. This will prevent unnecessary side effects or complications such as bruising or bleeding. Otherwise, you can return to your normal routine immediately after your appointment.
RHA Collection results are notably natural-looking, as the formula closely mimics natural hyaluronic acid and moves freely along with your facial expressions. Patients notice smooth, rejuvenated, and youthful skin with reduced dynamic lines and deep wrinkles.
RHA collection results are also long-lasting. On average, results last 1.5 years though individual results vary based on the location treated and the natural process of aging. Routine touch-ups are generally advised to maintain an optimal outcome.
RHA promises to blend the benefits of dermal fillers that replace lost volume with the ability to flex naturally with muscle movements to minimize dynamic wrinkles. To learn more about RHA fillers, schedule an appointment with Dr. Liz Damstetter. Call Reserve Dermatology in Glenview, Illinois, or contact us online.