Restylane is an FDA-approved family of products used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane and Restylane-L may also be used for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years.
Restylane is formulated as a clear gel and uses a dual mechanism of action to correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. After it is injected beneath the skin’s surface, the gel integrates into dermal tissue and then attracts and binds to water molecules to help maintain volume. Restylane is gradually degraded by the body’s own mechanism and disappears without any residue. Results can be seen immediately following treatment and can last for up to six months or longer, depending on the injection site.
Is it right for me?
The Restylane family of derma fillers is not appropriate for people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment. They are also not appropriate for people with bleeding disorders.
Where is it performed?
This procedure is routinely performed on an out-patient basis in Dr. Moran’s office or is self-administered by the patient at home.
Anesthesia and medication
After treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. These are typically mild in severity and normally last less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36 years, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years.