Restylane is the trade name for a range of injectable fillers with a specific formulation of non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid (HA). Restylane was the first stabilized hyaluronic acid filler on the market and reportedly has been used in over 11 million treatments worldwide.
Restylane is most commonly used for lip enhancement (volume and contouring). It is used to diminish wrinkles and aging lines of the face such as the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines), melomental folds (sad mouth corners), "crow's feet" and forehead wrinkles (frown lines). It may also be used for filling aging-related facial hollows and "orbital troughs" (under and around the eyes), as well as for cheek volume and contouring of the chin, forehead and nose.
Restylane can also be used to revitalize the skin by increasing skin elasticity structure, without the goal of adding volume, for example in the face, hands and décolletage.
The length of the procedure typically runs 10 minutes to 30 minutes per session.
A topical numbing cream is applied to patients receiving lip Restylane injections beforehand to minimize the little in the way of pain during the procedure. Most patients typically do not require a general or local anesthetic for this procedure. Most Restylane injection procedures are typically outpatient.
The patient should be over eighteen years of age, should not have any skin problems, should not be pregnant or lactating and should be in good physical and mental health. He should have a realistic approach and not expect miracles. Depending upon the area to be treated, his age and skin type, the treatment can last for about six months. Some people need only one sitting but many need multiple ones. Some may need up to ten treatments before being fully satisfied.
The results of a Restylane injection treatment are immediate in their visibility.
While this alone would be attractive, there are many other advantages to choosing Restylane injections.
One of the greatest advantages is Restylane's more natural composition. Because Restylane is derived from non-animal sources, there are no requirements for allergy testing. The fact that Restylane is not an animal-based product may appeal to those who want to reduce the signs of aging while making healthy choices. (I.e. Vegetarians, eco-conscious individuals, certain more or religious beliefs).
Restylane has an added benefit of lasting over twice as long as similar products, such as collagen treatments.
The duration of a Restylane injection treatment varies between 5 months to a year.