What is Restylane®?
Restylane® is a clear gel derived from a natural sugar compound. It is an injectable dermal filler used to add fullness to the face and lips and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Such treatments are designed to nourish, hydrate, and improve the appearance of one's skin. Facial lines and wrinkles are common and occur as a natural result of the aging process. For natural-looking results through a simple treatment, smooth out and eliminate such lines, folds and wrinkles. Restylane® can be administered individually or in combination with other dermal fillers to add volume to the face and lips, improve facial contours, and create smoother and more youthful-looking skin. The results of Restylane® treatments typically last 6 months or longer.
What is Involved in a Restylane® Treatment?
This out-patient treatment is performed in the doctor’s office under a local anesthetic. The doctor starts by selecting and cleaning the appropriate injection sites. After determining the precise amount of Restylane® to be used, the doctor injects the gel underneath the surface of the skin. The hyaluronic acid in the gel adheres to skin and helps attract and retain water, which renews and increases the volume of the skin and reduces or eliminates the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Treatments are usually completed within 30 minutes, and you can go home shortly afterward. Most patients see the full results within one week.
Is there a Recovery Period?
You can return to your normal activities immediately following treatment, but you should avoid excessive sun exposure. You may notice injection site swelling for the first two to three days following treatment.
Are there any Potential Risks?
Your doctor will discuss any potential risks and side effects during your consultation. The most common side effects include injection site pain and redness, headaches, nausea, and mild flu-like symptoms.
Restylane® has a far better success rate in improving the appearance of deep wrinkles than other non-invasive procedures, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Most patients find that Restylane® treatments reduce their wrinkles by as much as 80 percent.