Restylane, the world’s best-selling dermal filler, is an FDA-approved injectable product made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the connective tissue of your skin. Restylane is formulated with non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid that restores skin volume to give your face a more youthful appearance.
Losing fatty tissue in your face is a normal part of aging, and the impact of significant weight loss, gravity, and over-exposure to the sun are readily apparent over the years. Each face ages in its own unique way, but gauntness, wrinkling, and vertical folds and lines on both sides of the mouth are common. The rounded fat pads in the cheeks – a hallmark characteristic of the youthful face -also thin and migrate downward as we get older, giving the face a tired or worn look.
Who is a candidate for Restylane?
Restylane is used for treating moderate facial wrinkles and folds, while Perlane (a similar product) is used to treat deeper wrinkles. The nasolabial folds are the most coomon area of treatment with Restylane. Restylane may also be effective for filling out thin lips and the hollow areas around the eyes and near the top of the nose (one of the areas most prone to fat loss). In some cases it has also been used for restoring volume to the cheekbones and mid-face.
The doctor will decide the best placement for Restylane after carefully evaluating the unique way your face is aging. Areas to be treated are numbed with a topical anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable; Restylane is then injected with a very fine needle to correct the contour irregularities present on your skin.
Results of Restylane last 6 months or more. You will need touch-ups and repeat treatments to maintain the volume and wrinkle correction you desire over the years.
Risks / Side Effects
Hyaluronic acid fillers are effective and have proven to be very safe when administered in a medical setting by a qualified and trained doctor. Restylane offers another advantage in that you don’t need to be pre-tested for a possible allergic reaction to it, since it’s biodegradable and doesn’t contain ingredients that cause an allergic reaction in most people. We will learn about your medical history and ask you some important health questions to make sure Restylane is a good option for you.
Side effects from Restylane are usually minor and short in duration. You may have some bruising, redness or swelling at the treatment sites for a few days. It’s not unusual for uneven swelling to occur, with one side more prominent than the other. Typically, this lasts for a couple of days before it resolves itself.