Restylane®

Overview

Restylane is a long-lasting cosmetic filler that provides dramatic results for improving the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles and folds. This non-surgical solution restores volume and fullness to the skin, plumps up lips, and fills in Restylane® is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar found within the body that provides youthful volume and elasticity to the skin. As hyaluronic acid is lost during the natural aging process, facial volume is diminished and wrinkles begin to develop. Restylane® can help fight these signs of aging by restoring volume and fullness, while softening moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restyalne® injected into the lips restores fullness. The cosmetic results are visibly immediate, bestowing you with a more youthful and invigorated look.


What is Restylane® and how does it work?


Restylane® is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that may be used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds. Designed to work like your body’s own hyaluronic acid, Restylane® injections can immediately smooth facial wrinkling, while restoring youthful fullness to areas of depleted volume.


How is Restylane® different from other fillers?


Restylane® is a safe and effective dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid, a sugar found naturally in the body. Unlike other types of injectables, fillers made from hyaluronic acid can be dissolved quickly with an enzyme called hyaluronidase, usually within 24 hours. Although this is rarely requested, some patients feel reassured knowing they can reverse the effects quickly, if desired. Since Restylane® contains no animal proteins, which limits any risk of allergic reactions or the transmission of animal-based diseases, there is no pre-testing required. Restylane® is an excellent filler to be used in the hollow area under the eyes as well as the nasolabial folds and lips.


What areas can be treated with Restylane®?


Restylane® is FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the deep “smile lines” between the mouth and nose (nasolabial folds). Restylane® can also be used off-label to correct hollowing under the eyes; increase lip size; improve moderate to severe wrinkling around the corners of the mouth, between the nose and upper lip, and from the lips to the jaw line (“marionette lines”); add volume to the cheeks and temples; and as a non-surgical browlift.


Is Restylane® safe and are there any possible side effects?

Composed of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid, Restylane® is biocompatible and will be broken down naturally by the body. Side effects from Restylane® are typically mild and rare. Temporary redness and swelling at the injection site is possible. These effects usually resolve within a few days and can be covered with makeup if desired. Before your treatment, Dr. Foster will discuss with you any possible side effects and answer any questions you may have about safety.

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