Over the years just about 30 million patients all over the world have been treated with various hyaluronic acid based products, such as Restylane.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is a cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that, along with collagen, already exists in the human body and it is completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid. When Restylane is injected into the skin it helps add volume and improve wrinkles and folds. Whereas some dermal fillers are derived from animal sources, the hyaluronic acid in Restylane is from a non-animal source. This means that there is virtually no risk of animal or human disease being transmitted.
Areas to be treated:
- Between the eyebrows- glabellar lines
- From the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth- the nasolabial folds
- Filling of the hollow grooves under the eyes
- Filling the hollowed out appearance over the back of the hands that develops with age
- Vertical upper lip wrinkles
- Correction of “bleeding lipstick”
- Filling hollows in the cheeks and other areas
- Correction down turned corners of the mouth
- Acne scars
What’s the Difference between Restylane and BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Restylane and BOTOX® Cosmetic are complementary products which act by completely different mechanisms. Whereas the Restylane family of products is designed to enhance volume or to fill wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes muscles that contribute to unwanted facial wrinkles. These two products are often used in conjunction with each other.
What Areas may not be treated with Restylane?
Very superficial or very deep wrinkles may be difficult to correct. During your consultation, we will assess your individual case to develop treatment options that fit your needs.
How is the Restylane treatment done?
During treatment, a small amount of Restylane is slowly injected into the skin using a very fine needle. By producing volume under the wrinkle, the wrinkle is lifted and smoothed. When enhancing lips or facial contours, Restylane adds volume and shape to the treated area.
Is Restylane safe?
Because Restylane is produced in a laboratory, there is no risk of transmitting diseases, or producing allergic reactions in patients who are sensitive to common foods, such as beef, chickens and eggs. You will not need skin testing before Restylane treatments.
Based on clinical studies, Restylane treatments produce a very low occurrence of side effects. However, injection-related reactions such as swelling, redness and tenderness may occur. Although uncommon, bruising may occur. These effects typically resolve within two to three days, but may rarely be more prolonged.
How long does the treatment session take?
Restylane treatment is an office procedure that usually takes about 30 minutes to perform. The time may vary depending on the amount of correction you desire. Because no pre-test is required, treatment can be carried out immediately, often on the same day as your consultation.
How long does Restylane last?
With Restylane products, the results are visible immediately. Unlike collagen injections, which typically last 3-4 months, the benefits of Restylane treatment may be visible for 3-12 months, depending on area treated and the nature of your skin and general health. For example, the nasolabial folds between the bottom of the nose and the corner of the mouth typically last 4-6 months and, sometimes, longer. Highly mobile areas, such as the lips, require more frequent touch-ups, generally every 3-4 months. Areas where there is less movement, such as the hollow grooves under the eyes, may only require additional treatment after 6-9 months. In some areas, such as the vertical furrows between the eyebrows, Botox® Cosmetic treatments are often used in conjunction with Restylane to reduce unwanted muscle movement, thereby prolonging the effects of Restylane in those areas.
Is it Painful?
Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts using an ultrafine needle. You will see results right away. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, Dr. Goldberg may decide to numb the treatment area with a topical anesthetic cream.
What will I look like after the treatment?
Immediately after the treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, tenderness or an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. Redness generally resolves within a few hours while swelling generally disappears in a few days. After a lip treatment, the lips may become swollen and look somewhat uneven. This can persist for a few days and occasionally up to a week.
When should I come back for my next treatment?
Having a follow-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated will enhance the lasting effect and may reduce the amount of product that is required.
What is a non-surgical face lift?
A non-surgical or liquid face lift is achieved by using Botox (to erase frown lines) combined with cosmetic fillers.
How much does Restylane cost?
The cost depends on the amount of Restylane that you require. A proper consultation with our clinic is required in order to determine what is right for you. Generally, the price ranges from $350 and up.
There is very little that needs to be done prior to your treatment with the Restylane family of products.
- For one week prior to your treatment with Restylane, avoid taking Aspirin, ASA, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Ibuprofen and Advil), St. John’s Wort, and high doses of Vitamin E. These agents may increase the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
- If you are prone to cold sores in the area to be treated, speak to our staff as Dr. Goldberg may suggest a prescription for an anti-viral medication in preparation for the treatment.
- During the first 2-3 days after your treatment, do not massage or rub the treated area. In order to allow the product to stabilize, try to avoid excessive facial expression or movement in the treated area during this time. If you have had a lip enhancement, avoid puckering your lips for the first 2-3 days after the treatment.
- Until the initial redness and swelling have resolved, avoid exposure of the treated area to intense heat (sunlamp or sunbathing) or extreme cold.
- After Restylane treatment, there is occasionally some pain, swelling, itching or redness at the site of injection – similar to what you might experience after any injection. Although rarely necessary, you may take one or two plain Tylenol tablets, up to 3 times a day to reduce swelling and discomfort. Aspirin (ASA) should be avoided as it may increase bruising at the site of injection.
- Cold compresses or ice packs may be used to reduce any swelling or redness. Redness usually lasts a few hours and occasionally longer in some patients. Swelling in the lips may last up to a week, and the lips may appear somewhat uneven until the swelling subsides.
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