Restylane Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Restylane?
Restylane is a transparent hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane is made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is produced naturally by the human body.
Restylane consists of 20 mg/mL of stabilized hyaluronic acid and physiological sodium chloride solution with a pH of 7. All Restylane products are clear, transparent and viscous gels. The only difference between the products is the size of the gel particles. In contrast to some similar products, the hyaluronic acid in Restylane is not produced from animals. This means that there is no risk of animal or human disease being transmitted or allergic reactions being elicited if you are sensitive to common foods, such as beef, chicken and eggs.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found throughout your body. It gives volume to the skin, lubricates the joints and gives the eyes their shape. The hylaluronic acid in Restylane is stabilized for long duration and is not of animal or human origin.
How does it work?
Restylane works by temporarily adding volume to facial tissue. The effect lasts for about 6 months.
Restylane maintains its shape using the body's own moisture. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is hydrophilic or "water loving." As hyaluronic acid gradually degrades, each molecule binds to more water and over time, the same volume can be maintained with less hyaluronic acid. This ability of hyaluronic acid to bind to water is what helps provide long-lasting results.
Unlike other hyaluronic acid-based products, such as those made from rooster combs, only Restylane is non-animal-based. This quality virtually eliminates any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.
What areas can be treated?
Restylane can be used to smooth folds and wrinkles, enhance lips and shape facial contours. The most common areas are the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows), the nasolabial folds (from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth) and the lips, although other sites can also be treated. Very superficial or very deep wrinkles may be difficult to correct. Please consult your physician for an assessment.
How is treatment performed?
During treatment, crystal-clear Restylane gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The gel produces volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted and smoothed. When enhancing lips or facial contours, Restylane adds volume and shape to the treated area.
How long will my treatment take?
Treatment with Restylane is very quick and easy. As no pre-test is needed, the treatment can be carried out immediately. A treatment generally takes from 30 - 45 minutes, although the time varies, depending on the correction you wish to have performed.
What will it accomplish?
Restylane will help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. In a clinical study most patients needed one injection to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing; about one-third of patients needed more than one injection to get a satisfactory result. The smoothing effect lasted about six months.
How soon before I see the results?
The results can be seen immediately.
Can Restylane be removed?
No However, Restylane dissolves naturally with time. If you feel uncertain about the desired result, you can choose to have the treatment done in steps on different occasions.
How long will Restylane last?
Restylane dissolves naturally over time and is absorbed by your body over time. Your results will depend on several factors including; your skin’s structure, your lifestyle, and your age. Experience indicates that touch-up and follow-up treatments will add to the duration. Most people choose to have a follow-up treatment within a year after the treatment of wrinkles and folds and within 6 months after a lip enhancement.
Can Restylane replace surgical procedures?
No, although Restylane is sometimes used in conjunction with surgery to fill out wrinkles that cannot be removed by surgery.
DoesRestylane get stiffer in cold weather? What happens in the sun?
You should not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. in a solarium or by sunbathing) or extreme cold for the first few days after the treatment in order to avoid the risk of inflammation as the area has been disturbed. However, once Restylane has integrated into the body, it will adjust to your normal body temperature.
Are there any potential side effects?
Side effects may include:
When should it not be used?
Restylane should not be used in patients who have:
- Severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis (hypersensitivity to the ingestion or injection of a drug or protein)
- Multiple severe allergies
- Severe allergies to gram-positive bacterial proteins