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.
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.
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.
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
There are several types of Restylane treatments, each differing in the size of hyaluronic acid particles.
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.
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.
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.
On the average, Restylane injections last for 8-12 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.