Restylane is a member of the hyaluronic acid family of injectable dermal fillers, which include Juvederm and Perlane, among others. What makes Restylane unique? It is the only FDA-approved filler for lip enhancement in patients over 21.
Like other fillers, Restylane works by restoring volume to facial skin, which lifts and lessens the appearance of moderate to severe folds and wrinkles.
- Preparation: To prepare for Restylane injections, you should avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicine, and herbs such as St. John’s wort for several weeks prior to your appointment. This will reduce the risk of swelling and/or bleeding at the injection sites.
If you have any existing allergies or are prone to outbreaks of cold sores, acne, or skin infections, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Vallecillos during your consultation, as injectables can exacerbate these conditions.
- Anesthesia: Typically, no anesthesia is required for Restylane injections, although patients may have the option of lidocaine-infused Restylane. Lidocaine is a numbing agent that is mixed into the Restylane gel to reduce discomfort during the treatment. Most patients just require an application of topical numbing cream.
- During treatment, Dr. Vallecillos will use a small needle to inject Restylane just under the skin in the pre-determined treatment areas, most commonly the nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the nose to the corner of the mouth), around the mouth, and within the lips. Treatment usually takes less than an hour.
Who is a candidate for Restylane?
You should consider Restylane if you have moderate to severe facial wrinkles or folds, or if you wish to augment the size and improve the appearance of the lips.
What is the recovery time for Restylane?
Most patients experience little to no downtime associated with Restylane treatments. Some swelling, bleeding, and/or bruising may occur near the injection sites, but this is usually mild and temporary. Cold compresses may be used to help alleviate these side effects. You should avoid touching the affected area for at least six hours after your appointment, and avoid intense temperatures as well as medications and herbs that contain anti-inflammatory properties for at least seven days.
Are there risks or side effects with Restylane?
Side effects from Restylane are, in most cases, mild and temporary, and may include swelling, bruising, and slight bleeding at the injection sites. Side effects tend to subside within a week for the facial skin, and within 14 days for the lips.
How long do the results last?
The patient’s age, the area of treatment, and follow-up appointments are important factors in determining how long results from a treatment of Restylane will last. For instance, patients who received a follow-up treatment at either the 4.5 or nine-month mark saw results for up to 18 months after the initial appointment. When used for lip enhancement, most patients see results for up to six months. Older patients may be more prone to bruising, while younger patients may experience more swelling.