What is Restylane©?
The Restylane© family of injectable, gel-based fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid particles. Hyaluronic acid particles are a biological component of the second layer of skin, called the dermis. This naturally occurring substance contributes to skin firmness, structure, and volume so its abundance in young skin comes as no surprise. Unfortunately, as the effects of aging and our environment take their toll, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases. When hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin, it holds on to water in the areas it is placed, which results in a natural plumping of the skin in treated areas and a visible reduction of facial lines, wrinkles, and folds.
What areas can be treated with Restylane©?
Similar to Juvederm©, this versatile filler can be used to treat a myriad of common age-related and other concerns such as:
- Thin lips
- Vertical lip lines
- “Parentheses” and downturned corners of the mouth
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Crow’s feet and superficial forehead lines
- Marionette lines
- Loss of facial volume – ex. cheeks, chin
- Surgical, traumatic, and acne scarring
In addition to:
- Tear troughs (under eye area)
Of note, Restylane© tends to attract less water than Juvederm© and for this reason, many physicians, including Dr. Colaço prefer it for rejuvenation in the eye area.
How long does Restylane© last?
Restylane© is gradually broken down in the skin over an average of 6-12 months, although individual results may vary. A potential benefit of using hyaluronic acid-based fillers is the availability of hyaluronidase (an anecdote, essentially), which can be injected into the skin and quickly breaks down the product.
Are There Any Side Effects of Restylane©?
We use Restylane©-L, which is formulated with lidocaine to make the injection experience more comfortable. Ice packs, prescription-strength numbing cream, and/or nerve blocks are also available to decrease discomfort. Hyaluronic acid fillers have an excellent safety record in the hands of experienced, well-trained physicians. Most commonly, temporary mild swelling and bruising can occur. Consider reviewing our treatment tips for precautions to avoid/minimize bruising prior to your treatment.