Restylane® is an advanced cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane® is comprised of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in the body that provides the skin with volume and hydration. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA), meaning it is not derived from animal sources. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is hydrophilic, meaning it attracts and binds to water. This characteristic allows Restylane® longer lasting and more easily sustained results. As the hyaluronic acid in Restylane® gradually degrades,
each molecule binds to more water and over time, the same result can often be maintained with less product.
Healthcare professionals experienced in the use of dermal fillers and who use Restylane® may use it in a variety of facial cosmetic procedures. For instance, some physicians use it to augment cheeks, to enhance and add fullness to the lips, and to contour the jaw line.
More than 4 million people in over 70 countries have been treated with Restylane®. In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Restylane® for the correction of nasolabial folds.
Restylane® results generally last up to a year, or longer. An individual’s skin properties, the facial area treated and the medical practitioner’s experience with injectables can all affect the longevity of Restylane®. Added longevity may be achieved by returning to your medical practitioner for touch up while some filler is still present in the body, since the body continues to respond with its own collagen production in the area where Restylane® is placed. The amount of product required to maintain results may decrease in subsequent procedures, as well. Depending upon the exact nature of the procedure, medical practitioners may choose to supplement Restylane® treatment by placing a botulinum toxin in the
muscles around the treated area to enhance results and extend the life of the product.
Since hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body, there is a low occurrence of adverse effects due to Restylane® injection. The most commonly reported side effects are temporary redness, swelling and bruising around the injection site, generally lasting a few days. Consult your physician for a complete list of potential side effects.
A medical practitioner who is more experienced with Restylane® will be far more likely to achieve better, more pleasing and enduring results, which means you are getting more for your money. We have determined a number of medical practitioners nationally who have extensive experience or training with dermal filler medical procedures. To see a list of experienced healthcare professionals in your area, or to receive a special discount on your procedure, click here.
Drs. Gervais & Tholen FACS, Minneapolis, MN ~ William John Bull M.D., Naperville, IL
Theda C. Kontis MD FACS, Baltimore, MD ~ Edward M. Zimmerman MD, Las Vegas, NV