What is Restylane?
Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corner of your mouth (nasolabial folds).
What is Restylane made of?
Restylane is the first cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a crystal-clear gel called NASHA™, or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is biodegradable and fully biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.
How is Restylane different than other hyaluronic acid-based products?
Unlike rooster-derived hyaluronic acid-based products, Restylane is free from animal proteins. This quality limits the risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. Restylane contains trace amounts of gram-positive bacterial proteins and should not be used by patients with a history of allergies to such material. Additionally, Restylane lasts about six months.
Is Restylane safe?
Yes. Restylane has been used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons since 1996 worldwide. There is limited risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. Restylane is fully biocompatible and allergy testing is not required.
Here are few other things you'll want to know. After your treatment, you might have some redness or swelling. This will normally last less than seven days. Sunbathing and cold outdoor activities should be avoided until any redness or swelling disappear. You should not be treated with Restylane if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18.
Where can Restylane be used?
In the U.S. the FDA has approved Restylane for facial wrinkles and folds like the ones from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Restylane has been used in more than 3 million treatments in over 60 countries to correct a variety of wrinkles. Your doctor will consult with you prior to your injection regarding common treatment areas.
How long does Restylane last?
Restylane is proven to deliver long-lasting results. Studies have shown that Restylane effects generally last for about six months. Restylane's stabilization technology helps maintain the cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone.
You may click on the pictures below for an enlarged view of before and after results using Restylane®.
How often should I have Restylane treatments done?
Treatments are typically scheduled twice a year. Having a follow-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated may enhance the last effect.
What should patients do prior to the treatment?
Restylane requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John's Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatments, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with you physician. He/she may consider prescribing a medication to minimize recurrence.
How is Restylane different from Botox® cosmetic?
Restylane is a natural, cosmetic filler that plumps the skin to smooth away facial wrinkles. In contrast, Botox Cosmetic is a drug that relaxes the muscles underlying wrinkles. Many patients have been very pleased after receiving treatment with both product in different areas of the face.
How is Restylane different from bovine collagen?
Bovine collagen is derived from animals (cows) and requires an allergy test with up to a three-week waiting period. Restylane can be administered immediately - no waiting is required.
Do the injections hurt?
Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient, and results are practically instantaneous. Some patients may experience discomfort around the injection site. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, your physician may anesthetize the treatment area.
How much do Restylane treatments cost?
Restylane is a customized procedure based on your specific needs, so the cost will vary from patient to patient. You may require more than one syringe of Restylane in your initial treatment to achieve optimal results. In general, the cost of Restylane is comparable to the cost of similar procedures. Because Restylane lasts about six months, it proves to be very economical over the long term. Please consult your physician to determine the best recommendation for your particular needs.
Who is Medicis Aesthetics?
Medicis Aesthetics Inc. is a subsidiary of
Medicis, a well-established dermatology company dedicated to helping patients attain a healthy and youthful appearance and self-image.
If you want to enjoy a smoother, more youthful appearance for about six months, ask your physician if Restylane® is right for you.
- Restylane® is a safe, natural formulation
- A simple convenient procedure
- Over 4 million treatments worldwide