Aging is inevitable and looking back, I love seeing how much growth and change has happened during that time. I turned 40 years old last year, and while part of me is thinking that is SO OLD 😅, another part of me feels like I’m still just as energetic and youthful as I was in my 20s.
I have noticed that my face has started to reflect those years, and to be sure, my kids also love pointing out every new wrinkle that they find! I’ve never been one to shy away from injectables and have always believed that as long as you do your research when it comes to product and find an experienced injector, the results can look incredibly natural and tasteful.
I recently learned about the RHA Collection of fillers and had some placed in my face. I’ve been over-the-moon happy with the result and am excited to share all the details!
What Is RHA Collection?
RHA stands for Resilient Hyaluronic Acid and the RHA Collection of fillers is designed specifically to treat areas of the face that move — think nasolabial folds, marionette lines, creases on either side of the mouth, etc. RHA is the latest advancement in hyaluronic acid technology with more than 10 years of research backing it’s 2020 launch in the US. RHA Collection is actually the only FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler for dynamic wrinkles and folds!
In comparison with other dermal fillers, RHA uses a gentle manufacturing process which results in a filler that more closely resembles the body’s natural hyaluronic acid. This means results that also look more natural and last longer!
What Areas Did I Treat?
The RHA Collection of fillers is ideal for targeting those areas of the face that have movement, which is why RHA was the best choice in my decision to treat my laugh lines (technically called nasolabial folds). For me in particular, I felt like my laugh lines had become much more noticeable in the past year, and it was even making it look like my face was starting to sag. I didn’t want to do anything invasive when it came to treatment, so I booked an appointment at Lemmon Avenue Plastic Surgery to have a consultation with their injector, Stephanie Fallman.
Injector Stephanie Fallman, RN at Lemmon Ave Plastic Surgery was amazing!
Stephanie Fallman actually suggested that I place RHA filler in my midface area to correct my nasolabial folds. Filler in that area would actually lift up that fold as well as provide an overall more youthful appearance — I was all for it! I also had the beginnings of some lines around either side of my mouth (technically called oral commissures) that would also be ideal for RHA filler and would even fix my naturally downturned mouth — hopefully that means less rbf for me!
The injection itself was quick and painless — the RHA filler actually incorporates lidocaine, an anesthetic, so there was minimal discomfort! I had some initial swelling after my injection that lasted less than an hour, but did have slight bruising for about a week afterward which can happen. (Disclaimer: I’ve always bruised easily — applying arnica definitely helps speed up bruise recovery if you’re like me!)
My RHA Results
RHA filler before/after
Can you believe these photos were taken 10 days apart? The difference is subtle but it’s definitely noticeable when compared side by side. I honestly love that it’s a difference that’s kinda hard to pinpoint if you were just to look at an “after” photo. Looking like a well-rested version of myself is always the goal!
The best part is that the RHA Collection of fillers lasts 15 months — longer than other filler options and is a result of the gentle manufacturing process involved for producing RHA.
I love that we have more options than ever when it comes to aging gracefully. I never want to deny my age but I also want my appearance to reflect the best version of me! I’ve been whole-heartedly impressed with the results of my RHA filler and highly recommend if you’re looking for a non-invasive way to refresh your appearance. Check out the RHA® Collection website to find a provider near you!
Indication and Important Safety Information
The RHA® Collection of fillers is for injection into the facial tissue for the correction of dynamic facial wrinkles and folds that are moderate to severe, such as nasolabial folds, in adults 22 or older.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Are there any reasons why I should not receive any RHA® injectable gel formulation?
Do not receive if you have a history of multiple severe allergies or severe allergic reactions; if you are
allergic to lidocaine or gram-positive bacterial proteins; or if you have a bleeding disorder.
What precautions should I discuss with my doctor?
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the safety of these products for use during
pregnancy or while breastfeeding has not been studied.
- Tell your doctor if you have a history of excessive scarring, keloid formations or pigmentation
disorders, as use of these products may result in additional scars or changes in pigmentation.
- Tell your doctor if you are planning laser treatments or a chemical peel, as there is a possible risk
of inflammation at the treatment site if these procedures are performed after treatment.
- Tell your doctor if you are on immunosuppressive therapy used to decrease your immune
response, as use of these products may result in an increased risk of infection.
- Tell your doctor if you are using medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin,
ibuprofen, or other blood thinners, as this may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site.
- The safety and effectiveness of RHA® fillers in areas other than those indicated have not been
established in U.S. clinical studies.
- Patients who experience skin injury near the site of injection with this product may be at a higher
risk for side effects.
- Minimize strenuous exercise, exposure to extensive sun or heat, and alcoholic beverages within
the first 24 hours following treatment.
What are possible side effects?
The most commonly reported side effects included injection-site redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, discoloration, and itching.
One of the risks with using these products is unintentional injection into a blood vessel, and while rare, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported
for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring.
As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection and recurrence of herpetic eruptions.
To report a side effect with any RHA® product, please call Revance at (877) 373-8669. Please visit RHACollection.com or talk to your doctor for more information.
Available by prescription only.