Restylane FAQ

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What Is Restylane?

Restylane is a product used to correct deep wrinkles and folds in the skin. Typically used on the face, the family of Retylane products can be injected in a number of areas. Restylane is composed of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid, a common component in the human body. It is more commonly called a dermal filler.

Dermal fillers add volume under the skin, much like natural fatty tissue. Such fillers give youthful contours and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles or folds in the facial area right away.

How Safe Is Restylane?

Restylane is very safe. No allergy tests are needed for those without a history of allergic reactions  before use as it is composed of a substance the body already creates. There are no animal components, which eliminates compatibility issues. You should not use Aspirin, NSAIDS, Ibuprofen, or high doses of Vitamin E before treatment, as these drugs and supplements can cause more bleeding in the injection side.

Some people may not use Restylane if they have had allergic reactions to gram-positive bacteria, lidocaine, or drug allergies that needed treatment in a hospital. Restylane has been used for cosmetic applications since 1996, and has a long history of safety.

How Fast Does Restylane Work?

As soon as your surgeon has finished with the injections, you will begin seeing results. Some other cosmetic injections, such as Botox, have a delayed time for results of several days. It can take time for the full results of Botox to be seen, while Restylane works as soon as it is injected. As a dermal filler it adds volume under the skin and does not need a wait time for results to be visible.

Can I Use Restylane With Botox?

Yes. Restylane is safe to use in combination with Botox. It has a different function as a dermal filler, where Botox works by paralyzing muscles to reduce the look of wrinkles over time. Since Restylane works right away, you won’t need to worry about delayed results from Botox. Restylane does not interact with Botox.

How Long Will My Results Last?

The average duration is 6 months, but some applications may last up to 18 months. You will need to talk with your doctor to determine when you will need follow up injections. Each product in the Restylane family has a different duration for each patient.

I’m Pregnant/I’m Breastfeeding. Can I Be Treated?

Women that are pregnant or nursing should not receive Restylane injections. The safety for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding has not been established in clinical trials. Women that are planning to become pregnant should let their doctor know.

What Does My Doctor Need To Know About Me?

You should inform your doctor about pregnancy, current breastfeeding, severe allergies, or bleeding conditions. If you have a history of cold sores, let your doctor know. You should also tell your doctor about any medications or supplements you use. Some drugs, both over-the-counter and prescription, can cause bleeding at the injection site or significant bruising.

What About Side Effects?

The most common side effects of Restylane injections are swelling and bruising. Women over the age of 35 are more likely to report bruising while women under 35 may experience more swelling. Both bruising and swelling will go away within a week; if the symptoms last longer or become worse, patients should speak with their doctor right away. This could be an indicator of an allergic reaction. While rare, serious reactions can occur in people that have no previous reactions or have never been exposed to lidocaine or certain micro-organisms.

Any questions or concerns you may have about cosmetic procedures such as Restylane can be answered at our office by Dr. Michael Horn. He has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in knowing the right treatment plan for the right person.