Restylane is an injectable treatment that is used to fill in lines and wrinkles. Because it also moisturizes the skin, Restylane may also slow the effects of aging.
What is Restylane made of?
Restylane is derived from hyaluronic acid of nonanimal origins. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body, thus it is biocompatible with skin tissue. Restylane comes in a clear, biodegradable gel that plumps up and smooths creased skin.
What conditions can be treated with Restylane?
Restylane is used to fill in creases, light wrinkles, creases and laugh and frown lines, making them less noticeable. Restylane is also used for enhancing facial contours, such as addressing sagging skin under the eyes, under-projected cheekbones and receding chins. Restylane can also be used as a lip filler to enhance lip volume and shape.
How is Restylane administered?
Restylane treatment is a quick procedure that can be done in your doctor’s office. Your doctor may advise you to stop taking vitamin E or aspirin before treatment to minimize the risk of bruising.
There is no pretreatment skin test and the procedure generally does not require anesthesia, unless it is applied to the lips. However, if you are uncomfortable, you may ask your doctor to give you an anesthetic. The treatment lasts anywhere from ten to 60 minutes, depending on how big the area to be treated is. Once the injections have been completed, you can resume your usual activities
What are the types of Restylane fillers?
There are several types of Restylane treatments, each differing in the size of hyaluronic acid particles.
- · Restylane Touch® has the smallest particle size that can be used for the finest lines and wrinkles. It is ideal for frown and smile lines around the mouth and eyes.
- · Restylane Perlane® injections have the biggest particle size and are used for deeper lines and creases, particularly on the cheeks and the chin. Restylane Perlane is also used for enhancing lip volume.
- · Restylane SubQ® is most often used for facial contouring. Injected deep into the skin, the treatment can be used to create cheekbones or improve facial profiles.
What are the typical results of a Restylane treatment?
Following Restylane treatment, you will see some redness and swelling in the treated area. This, however, is normal and will subside within a few days. Younger-looking skin will soon be noticeable – wrinkles are diminished, lips will be fuller, and fine lines almost disappear.
Are Restylane injections safe?
Restylane is FDA-approved and is among the safest facial treatments available. Because it is made of a natural substance, it is well-tolerated by most patients and does not require a pretreatment skin test. Restylane, however, is not advisable for people who have sensitivity to bacterial proteins. Pregnant or lactating women also should not use Restylane because of a very small risk of contracting an animal-borne infection from the treatment. There are minimal side effects in a Restylane treatment, such as redness, itching, bruising, swelling and even mild discomfort, but these are all temporary.
How long is the recovery?
The hyaluronic acid in Restylane will take a few days to be completely assimilated into the body. As the swelling and redness subside, rejuvenated and clearer skin will be revealed. Following treatment, you should avoid sudden movement of your facial muscles or stretching the treated area for 24 hours to allow the Restylane to set. You should also avoid direct exposure to sunlight, heat and even extreme cold. It is not advisable to seek other skin treatments, including chemical peels and laser procedures that may cause inflammation. The full effects of a Restylane treatment will be visible for about six months.
How many treatments are required?
On the average, Restylane injections last for eight to 12 months. Touch-ups, however, may be needed as early as six months after treatment to maintain the results in areas that are prone to movement, such as the mouth and cheeks. In order to continuously maintain the results of the treatment, it is best to see your doctor regularly.