What is Restylane?
Restylane is an FDA-approved filler made with hyaluronic acid, which is a complex sugar that is identical to the hyaluronic acid your body makes. Restylane is synthetically made and it is not derived from humans or animals. Because Restylane is identical to the recurring hyaluronic acid in your own body, it breaks down naturally.
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How does Restylane work?
Restylane will add volume to lift the skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles, facial folds, and scars, making these depressions level with the surrounding skin.
Where is Restylane used?
Restylane injectable dermal filler can be used anywhere on the face, but it is most often used for superficial wrinkles and depressed scars. The ideal locations for Restylane are the wrinkles between the eyebrows (glabella), the wrinkles of the upper and lower lip, hollow grooves under the eyes, and depressed scars on the face. It can also be used for subtle lip enhancement.
Are there different types of hyaluronic acid?
There are two major manufacturers of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers: Medicis and Allergan. Both companies produce two types of hyaluronic acid, a thin version, and a thick version. The thin versions of hyaluronic acid (Restylane Silk/ Juvederm Ultra) are used for very superficial wrinkles in areas with very thin skin, like around the eyes. The thick versions (Perlane / Juvederm Ultra Plus) are used for correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles (i.e. nasolabial folds or marionette lines) and replacing volume loss of the face (i.e. recreating nice cheekbones).
Does Restylane work instantly?
Restylane facial rejuvenation, just like the other hyaluronic acids, immediately lifts up facial wrinkles, depressions, and scars, and immediately restores lost volume caused by natural aging. These are immediate natural-looking results that will restore your youthful appearance rather than change your features.
How long does Restylane last?
Restylane can last from 6 months to years, depending on the patient and the anatomical location injected. Some patients hold on to Restylane longer than others, and areas with a lot of muscle movement (i.e. around the mouth) tend to break down the Restylane faster. During the consultation, Dr. Stanislaw can give you a good estimate of the duration of Restylane for the area of your concern.
How many visits are there for a Restylane injection?
Restylane injections usually require a consultation appointment for patients undergoing the procedure for the first time. Patients who have had Restylane before and know what they want generally don’t need a consultation prior to the injection.
The Restylane injection can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the location being injected. A follow-up visit is usually scheduled for one week following the injection.
Is there downtime after a Restylane injection?
The amount of downtime depends on the location that was injected. Some areas have a very short downtime (some mild redness and swelling that only lasts for a day) and some areas are prone to being red and swollen for longer. The downtime for your specific procedure will be discussed by Dr. Stanislaw during your consultation.
Will I have a bruise after a Restylane injection?
Different areas of the face have different rates of bruising. For example, the risk of bruising for a Restylane injection of the nasolabial folds is about 5%, while the risk of bruising around the eyes is much greater; closer to 50%. These bruises are usually small and can be easily covered with makeup. However, there are rare occasions when bruises can be large and cannot be concealed by makeup. Therefore, you should plan accordingly. Do not schedule an injection two weeks prior to any major events where a bruise will be unacceptable.
How much discomfort is associated with a Restylane injection?
Restylane injections are relatively painless. The Restylane filler includes a numbing medication that makes the injected area temporarily numb. If necessary, a topical numbing agent can be applied to the area prior to the injection.
What are my restrictions after a Restylane injection?
Do not massage or rub the injection area for at least one week. Refrain from having any facials or microdermabrasion done for one week after a Restylane injection. You should avoid bending, lifting, and straining. You should also sleep with your head elevated above your heart with a few pillows. These instructions range from one day to one week, depending on the location of the injection.
Procedures/Treatments often performed in conjunction with a Restylane injection
Some patients choose to have a Botox or Dysport injection at the same time as the Restylane injection to address dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions. Restylane injections are often combined with topical Retin-A, topical Vitamin C, topical Vitamin E, microdermabrasion, and facial peels.
How long does Restylane last for?
Restylane results can last anywhere from 6-18 months.