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Restylane® is a cosmetic dermal filler that is derived from hyaluronic acid, a compound naturally found in the body, including the skin. It is used to restore volume and fullness to the skin, and can be used to correct moderate facial wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and for lip augmentation. Because Restylane® is a natural compound but not derived from animal sources, allergy testing is not required and there is a very low risk of any side effects, other than redness and swelling at the injection site that typically resolves within two to three days.
Restylane® for the Treatment of Wrinkles
Restylane® was the first hyaluronic acid filler to receive FDA approval. It is FDA approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds, the parentheses lines that appear around the mouth as a result of aging. In addition, it can be used to treat mild to moderate facial wrinkles or folds that result from skin folding or a loss of facial volume, including hollows under the eyes. Restylane® is different from Botox®, not a replacement treatment, but a complementary one. Whereas Botox® treats wrinkles by relaxing muscles responsible for contraction wrinkles, Restylane® corrects wrinkles by filling voids under the skin.
Lasting, Effective Treatment
Restylane® has been shown to be an effective treatment for facial wrinkles. Results have been shown to last six months to a year, depending on the site treated, lifestyle, and skin characteristics. Restylane’s long-lasting effect is due to the nature of hyaluronic acid, which is hydrophilic. Although hyaluronic acid is a natural compound that is readily absorbed by the body, it also binds water to itself, replacing the volume lost as the hyaluronic acid is gone. Each hyaluronic acid molecule is able to retain six times its own volume by this method.
The injection procedure itself is short and simple. Injections are performed in our office following application of a topical anesthetic, and can be completed in fifteen to twenty minutes. You can go back to work immediately following your treatment, although you may begin to experience some swelling, redness, and bruising later that day and the swelling may continue for two to three days. Ice and cold packs can help bring the swelling and bruising down.