Restylane® products are hyaluronic acid fillers. Injection into the skin results in restoration of volume and correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Depending on the person, results may last up to18 months.
Downtime: 2-3 days, depending on the patient, with possible swelling, slight bruising or redness.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin. Restylane is the first cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal–based hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance that already exists in the human body.
How is it used?
Restylane is used to correct the moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the crease from each side of the nose to the corner of the mouth), the marionette lines (the crease from each corner of the mouth downward), and to produce a fullness in the upper and lower lips.
What to expect?
Restylane requires no pre-testing, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence. The most commonly reported side effects were temporary redness and swelling at the injection sites. These effects typically resolve within two to three days.
Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient, and results are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, a topical anesthetic can be applied to the treatment area prior to receiving the injections.
How long does it last?
Studies have shown that the average treatment results last six months or even longer.
Restylane lasts twice as long as collagen, so treatments are typically scheduled twice a year. Evidence shows that having a touch-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated will enhance the lasting effect.