In 2020, the FDA approved RHA fillers, the latest advancement in the treatment of deep lines or folds. The RHA collection is a new generation of hyaluronic acid fillers designed to achieve natural-looking results with a quick and easy injection process.
What is RHA?
The RHA collection of fillers is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler designed to treat moderate dynamic wrinkles and folds, or wrinkles and folds that form with facial movements. RHA stands for Resilient Hyaluronic Acid, which is different from traditional hyaluronic acid fillers in that it’s made to move with your natural facial movements. It’s also made to closely resemble the natural hyaluronic acid everyone has in their skin, helping to keep skin moisturized, voluminous, and firm.
Good Candidates for RHA
Nearly anyone can be treated with RHA fillers, which is part of what makes them such a great option. Good candidates for this wrinkle reduction treatment are those who have mild to moderate wrinkles and folds in their faces that form when smiling, frowning, or making other facial expressions. These types of wrinkles are called dynamic lines. These include facial wrinkles like:
- Nasolabial folds
- Glabella wrinkles (forehead wrinkles)
- Perioral wrinkles (lines around the mouth)
RHA fillers may also be recommended for purposes similar to traditional hyaluronic acid fillers, such as filling in facial volume loss or addressing static wrinkles that are always present. They can also be used to augment the features like the lips or cheeks.
RHA fillers can also be paired with traditional injectable treatments like Botox to further target dynamic wrinkles like crow’s feet or lines and wrinkles in the brow. Deeper wrinkles or moderate to severe signs of aging may be better suited to a surgical procedure.
The best way to know if you can benefit from RHA fillers is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Basile, our board-certified plastic surgeon, who can assess your medical history and determine if you’re an ideal candidate.
Benefits of RHA
RHA fillers offer many advantages over other dynamic wrinkle treatments, which primarily work by dampening the muscle response in targeted areas. The first advantage is that RHA fillers last much longer than neurotoxins: up to 15 months compared to about three or four. The RHA collection also lasts longer than most fillers on the market. Another benefit is based on the fact that your skin naturally has some amount of hyaluronic acid in it, which attracts water molecules to the skin to help keep it hydrated and youthfully plump. Over time, though, skin loses hyaluronic acid, contributing to an aging appearance. Adding RHA can help your skin look and feel more like its natural youthful state. The RHA collection also uses a gentle manufacturing process. With less processing than traditional HA fillers, it helps preserve the natural structure of the HA, helping it more closely resemble the natural HA found in your skin versus other dermal fillers.
Finally, because the RHA collection does not affect the movement of muscles, there’s no risk of looking stiff or unnatural when the face moves. It is made specifically to move with dynamic facial movements.
The RHA Procedure
RHA injections are quick and painless procedures that take less than an hour, which makes them great for a weekend or even lunch-break treatment. Dr. Basile will first consult with you and give you an examination before preparing the right RHA formula for you. RHA 2 is for use around the lips and mouth, RHA 3 is for nasolabial folds, and RHA 4 is used to add volume to the face and create a more youthful contour. After injecting the filler throughout the treatment area, you are free to go home or continue on with your day.
RHA Fillers Results and Recovery
You may have very minor swelling at the injection site but this typically fades within the day. You’ll see an instant improvement in the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds, with a more natural look. You’ll also see instant enhancement of the lips or mouth if you opt for augmentation. Although you can enjoy your natural results immediately, it may take up to two weeks for your final results to become apparent.
RHA Filler for Dynamic Wrinkles in Jacksonville
Patients in Jacksonville now have the opportunity to experience the awesome effects of resilient hyaluronic acid for themselves. Learn more about this new technique to treat dynamic facial wrinkles in a consultation with Dr. Patrick Basile. Get started by calling our office or contacting us online today!