Restylane is a very popular non-animal and non-human based filler used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face and to enhance the lips. It is particularly good for filling under eye hollows.
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Restylane is made of hyaluronic acid, a product naturally found in our skin. When injected into lines and depressions, it adds volume and reduces their appearance. Restylane is often used to fill the smile lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, lips, lip lines, corners of the mouth, and hollows under the eyes. It can also be used to raise the eyebrows and augment the cheeks, and can be combined with Botox to provide even better and longer-lasting results.
The side effects of Restylane treatment are low and consist primarily of bruising and swelling. A much less likely side effect is infection, and allergy is extremely rare.
The results from Restylane usually last 6 – 9 months. Many patients find that returning for a touch-up treatment every 6 months provides the best results since they never let their Restylane get fully absorbed before getting more.
Restylane costs $550 for a full syringe. Most patients use 1 – 3 syringes for the first treatment and less for maintenance treatments.
Quick Answers: Restylane
What is Restylane used for?
Restylane is used to fill wrinkles and hollows on the face and to fill the lips.
Who are the best candidates for Restylane?
Almost all patients with unwanted wrinkles can be treated.
How is Restylane administered?
Restylane is injected into the area to be filled.
Do Restylane injections hurt?
We mix anesthetic into the syringe and use ice packs, so discomfort is minimal.
How long does treatment take?
20 – 40 minutes depending on how much needs to be filled.
What is the recovery time?
Some patients will bruise as a result of treatment; however, most do not. Avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, fish oil, and other non-prescription blood thinners will minimize the chance for bruising. Patients should avoid exaggerated facial movements for a day or two after injection.
How long do the results last?
6 – 9 months depending on the person and how much movement there is in the area treated.