Restylane® is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane® has a highly favorable safety profile. It is composed of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the human body. Restylane® is fully biocompatible. There is limited risk of animal-based disease transmission or development of allergic reactions to animal proteins. No allergy testing is required before use.
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.
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The answer to long-lasting wrinkle correction is Restylane®. If you’re considering a wrinkle correction treatment, there are a few things you should know about Restylane®.
Q: What is Restylane®?
A: 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 nasolabial folds.
Q: What is Restylane® made of?
A: Restylane® is a cosmetic dermal filler composed of non-animal stabilized 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™. NASHA™ is biodegradable and completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.
Q: How is Restylane® different than other hyaluronic acid-based products?
A: Unlike rooster-derived hyaluronic acids and bovine collagen products, Restylane® is free from animal proteins. This limits any risk of animal-based disease transmissions or development of allergic reactions to animal proteins.
Q: What should patients do prior to treatment?
A: Restylane® requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, St. John’s wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence.
Q: Is Restylane® safe?
A: Yes. Restylane® has been used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons since 1996 worldwide. Restylane® has a highly favorable safety profile. The most commonly reported side effects were temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These effects typically resolve in less than seven days.
• The safety of Restylane® for use during pregnancy, in breastfeeding females or in patients under 18 years has not been established.
• The safety of Restylane® in patients with increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring has not been studied. Restylane® should not be used in patients with known susceptibility to keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring.
• The patient should be informed that he or she should minimize exposure of the treated area to excessive sun and UV lamp exposure and extreme cold weather until any initial swelling and redness has resolved.
• If laser treatment, chemical peeling or any other procedure based on active dermal response is considered after treatment with Restylane® there is a possible risk of eliciting an inflammatory reaction at the implant site. This also applies if Restylane® is administered before the skin has healed completely after such a procedure.
Q: Can Restylane® be used anywhere on the face?
A: Restylane® has been used in more than 3 million treatments in over 70 countries to correct a variety of wrinkles. It is currently indicated in the U.S. for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.
Q: How long does Restylane® last?
A: Restylane® is proven to deliver long-lasting results. Studies have shown that Restylane® effects generally last for about six months. The unique NASHA™ technology helps maintain the cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone.
Q: How often should I have Restylane® treatments done?
A: Treatments are typically scheduled at six-month intervals. Please be sure to consult your physician about recommendations for follow-up treatments.
Q: How is Restylane® different from Botox®?
A: Restylane® is a natural, cosmetic filler. In contrast, Botox is a drug that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes the underlying muscles. Many patients have been very pleased after receiving treatment with both products.
Q: How is Restylane® different from bovine collagen?
A: Bovine collagen is derived from animals (cow) and requires an allergy test. Restylane® can be administered without pretesting, so no waiting is required. With Restylane® there is limited risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.
Q: Do the injections hurt?
A: 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. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, your physician may anesthetize the treatment area.
Q: How much do Restylane® treatments cost?
A: Restylane® is a customized procedure based on your specific needs, so the cost will vary from patient to patient. In general, the cost of Restylane® should be comparable to the cost of similar procedures. Because Restylane® is long-lasting, it may be very economical over the long term. Please consult your physician to determine the best recommendation for your particular needs.
The wait is over. Now that you have the answers to some important questions, why wait? Restylane® is a safe, natural formulation, so there are no delays for allergy testing prior to treatment. The simple procedure can be done during your lunch hour. And the effects are immediate.
If you want to enjoy a smoother, more youthful appearance for about six months, ask your physician if Restylane® is right for you.
Restylane® Safety Information
Restylane® is indicated for treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. After your treatment, you might have some redness or swelling. This will normally last less than seven days. Avoid excessive sun and UV lamp exposure, and extreme cold weather until any redness or swelling disappear. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have severe allergies, or under 18, you shouldn’t use Restylane®. Ask your provider if Restylane® is right for you.