Galderma has recently received FDA approval for a new product, Restylane Contour, a hyaluronic acid dermal filler used for cheek augmentation and the correction of midface contour deficiencies.

An increasing number of patients are searching for ways to maintain a more youthful appearance. While cheeks are the cornerstone of our faces, they are also the first area to show signs of aging as they lose shape and elasticity.

Restylane Contour was explicitly designed for this critical area, resulting in dynamic contouring to help amplify patients’ natural-looking beauty starting with the cheeks.

What Is Restylane Contour?

Restylane Contour is Galderma’s first and only product for cheeks formulated with XpresHAn technology in the U.S. It uses a unique manufacturing process that results in a smooth, injectable gel.

The final product integrates much more naturally into the skin to create natural, dynamic expressions.

While this is the first product Galderma has released for cheeks with the XpresHAn technology, three other products have found striking success with the same formulation. Contour finds FDA approval after demonstrating extensive safety and efficacy testing

Why Do We Need Restylane Contour?

Hyaluronic acids excel at replacing volume loss that has occurred during the natural aging process and from environmental exposure. Volume loss is caused primarily by the reduction of essential proteins in our bodies. Collagen, the most abundant protein, is largely responsible for keeping our skin taut.

Unfortunately, we also lose collagen production at a rapid rate — about 1% every year after the age of 20. This is why we don’t experience many signs of aging during our teen years, but the process seems to accelerate as we enter our late 20s.

Like all hyaluronic acid fillers, Restylane Contour aims to replace the volume that our faces and bodies have lost. By providing the missing volume, wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed out and sunken areas once again look healthy and youthful. This process shaves years off our appearance, especially with a product that focuses on our cheeks.

Plus, Contour is an injectable procedure, which means the patient can avoid more extensive surgical procedures to correct the same issues. Other than injectables like Contour, there are very few nonsurgical options — people who are looking to improve their appearance but avoid surgery need these kinds of treatments.

Am I a Candidate for Restylane Contour?

If you are over the age of 21 and are looking to improve the fullness of your cheeks, then you are likely going to be a candidate for this procedure. Conditions or health concerns that would prevent you from having Contour injected are few and far between, but it is important that you speak with a medical professional to make sure this is the best option for your treatment.

The best candidates are also aware of what Restylane Contour can genuinely accomplish. If you come in with unrealistic expectations, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed by an otherwise successful procedure.

What Should I Expect from Restylane Contour Procedure?

Restylane Contour is an injectable procedure, which means the process is as painless and straightforward as possible. When you arrive at The Maas Clinic in San Francisco for your treatment, you will be taken into one of our back offices.

The area that is being treated will be thoroughly cleaned to avoid infection. In some cases, a topical numbing agent is performed to help with any potential discomfort, but most patients can endure the treatment without numbing with very few problems.

Once the area is cleaned (and possibly numbed), your medical professional will begin making the injections into your cheeks. According to Galderma, patients treated with Restylane Contour required less total volume injected to achieve optimal aesthetic results compared to patients treated with a competitor. Once the injections are completed, the procedure is finished.

What Should I Expect During Restylane Contour Recovery?

There is no lengthy recovery or downtime you will need to worry about since Restylane Contour is performed entirely through dermal injections.

You may experience mild redness or soreness at the injection sites, but these typically dissipate within a few days.

What Results Can I Achieve with Restylane Contour?

Many patients report noticing results immediately after the procedure, but as the substance settles within the skin, you will continue to see an improvement in the treated areas for a few weeks or even months after the injections.

You can expect to experience significant improvement to volume loss in the cheeks and near the chin and jawline. Restylane Contour comes from a long line of successful dermal fillers, making it highly reliable. During one Phase 3 trial, 98% of patients said they were satisfied with their Contour results near the one-year mark.

Your results will endure as long as you continue treatment. All dermal fillers eventually need to be touched up because of additional skin degradation and the fading of the filler substance itself. How often you need touchups will depend on your unique reaction to the treatment, but our highly experienced medical team can help you develop an effective treatment plan to maintain optimal results.

How Much Does Restylane Contour Cost?

Restylane Contour is a relatively new procedure, which means pricing will vary depending on where your treatment is performed. Just remember that cheaper isn’t always better — medical professionals with the correct training can charge more than those who are less experienced.

Can I Combine My Restylane Contour with Other Procedures?

Injectable filler treatment can be combined with virtually any other treatment, including other dermal fillers and even surgeries. Here is a list of surgical and nonsurgical combination options:

There is essentially no limit to the number of combinations you can have with your Restylane Contour treatment. Ask our team about the most effective combination procedures for your unique conditions during your initial consultation.

Re-Contour Your Skin at The Maas Clinic

If you are ready to learn more about how Restylane Contour can help you improve your appearance, give our office a call at (415) 567-7000. You can also contact us by email to have one of our team members give you a call back at a more convenient time. We are excited to provide you with the rejuvenated appearance you desire.

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