Restylane is a non-animal hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds (lines that run from the side of your nose to the corners of your mouth), marionette lines (creases between the corners of your lips and your jaw line), and tear troughs (dark circles under your eyes).
The hyaluronic acid in Restylane helps smooth out your skin. It also stimulates the body to produce more collagen, which helps your skin remain firm and plump over time.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your skin, and it helps keep your face hydrated. Over time, aging causes the hyaluronic acid stores in your skin to diminish. A HA filler can replenish these stores to fight signs of aging and create the look you want.
There are many different types of HA fillers, each designed to target a specific problem area. These include Restylane Lyft, for cheek augmentation and midface contour deficiencies; Restylane Refyne, for nasolabial folds; Restylane Silk, for lip augmentation; and Restylane Defyne, for deeper wrinkles around the nose and mouth.
Depending on your needs, the amount of filler injected and the Restylane area injected, you can expect to experience mild swelling and bruising for a few days after treatment. You will be provided with anti-bruising products, such as Arnica Montana and Bromelain, to use to help minimize these side effects.
You may need to return for maintenance treatments every six months or so, depending on the area injected and Restylane formulation that was used. Your practitioner will let you know when to schedule these appointments.
A consultation is recommended to determine the best Restylane filler for you. Your doctor will help you decide which areas of your face are best suited for a Restylane filler and what results you want to achieve.
Your doctor will then inject the hyaluronic acid filler into the targeted area, and it will smooth out your skin and soften the wrinkles. You will notice the results immediately, and the results will last for up to six months.
Restylane is made of a clear gel that integrates with your skin’s tissue. It then binds to water molecules, which helps support and maintain the volume of your skin. It’s naturally derived from hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar found in your skin that helps it hydrate and remain firm.
The hyaluronic acids in Restylane are made from an animal-free bacterial source, so they won’t cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to animal products. They are biodegradable, so they dissolve in the body and disappear without residue.
It is important to note that hyaluronic acid fillers are not suitable for individuals on blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. This is because these drugs can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising at the injection site, which can be very uncomfortable.
It is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that can result in dramatic improvements. A few mild side effects are common after a Restylane procedure, but they typically resolve within a week.