What is Restylane™?
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.
What is Restylane™ made of?
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.
What should patients do prior to treatment?
Restylane requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Ten days prior to treatment with Restylane™, avoid taking St.John’s Wort, high doses of Vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. These agents may increase bruising and 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.
Is Restylane™ safe?
Yes. Restylane™ has been used extensively since 1996. Restylane™ has a highly favorable safety profile. It’s 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. After your treatment, you might have some redness or swelling. This will normally last less than seven days. Sunbathing and cold outdoor activities should be avoided until any redness or swelling disappear. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18, you shouldn’t use Restylane™.
Is Restylane™ an option for me?
Through consultation Dr. Weniger can discuss if Restylane™ and/or any other procedure would be the best option for you.
Restylane™ should not be considered if you are:
• Pregnant or breastfeeding
• Have a history of severe allergic reactions
• Have severe bleeding disorders, because you could bruise excessively
After the treatment you 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.
How long does Restylane™ last?
Typically Restylane™ lasts 6 to 9 months, and unlike many dermal fillers the results is maintained for the majority of its life.
What should you do prior to treatment?
No patch testing is required for Restylane™. You should stop aspirins or other NSAIDS, St johns wart and vitamin E supplements 10 days prior to treatment to avoid increasing bruising. If you have previously suffered from cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence especially with lip enhancement procedures.