Restylane® Treatment areas
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.
Restylane® is a crystal-clear, biodegradable NASHA (Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid) gel, which is injected into the dermis in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The result is instantaneous, producing a long-lasting, natural enhancement, gentle and safe to the skin.
Since it was launched in 1996, Restylane® has undergone extensive histological and clinical studies with an increasing body of evidence relating to its ease of use, tolerability and effectiveness. Today, more than 1,500,000 treatments have been successfully carried out worldwide.
Restylane® is different from other hyaluronic acid-based products because unlike other hyaluronic acid-based products, such as those made from rooster combs, only Restylane® is non-animal derived. This quality virtually eliminates any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reactions.
Restylane® requires no pre-testing, but patients should take a few precautions before being treated. Patients should avoid using aspirin, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
After the injection, some common injection-related reactions might occur. They include erythema, swelling, pain, itching, bruising and tenderness at the injection site. These reactions have generally been described as mild to moderate and typically resolve spontaneously a few days after the injection. Reactions thought to be of a hypersensitivity nature have been reported in about one in every 2,000 treated patients. In rare instances, granuloma or abscess formation, localized necrosis and urticaria have been reported.
In general, follow-up treatment is required after six to twelve months. Clinical trials reveal that Restylane® is effective for up to one year after the treatment of wrinkles and up to six months when enhancing lips. Clinical experience also indicates that a touch-up treatment after 2-4 weeks and regular follow-up treatments will add to the duration of the treatment effect.