Restylane®, the world’s best-selling dermal filler, is an FDA-approved wrinkle filler made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the connective tissue of your skin. Restylane® is formulated with a proprietary 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, but can be accelerated by weight loss, smoking and over-exposure to the sun. Although each person’s face ages in a unique way, 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, may also become 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 common area of treatment with Restylane®, but it may also be effective for filling out thin lips and the hollow areas around the eyes. In some cases, it may also be recommended for restoring volume to the cheekbones and mid-face.
Your Restylane® Procedure®
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.
While 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 temporary. 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 only a few days before it resolves on its own.