In the past, plastic surgery was the only option for many patients seeking to augment areas of the face such as the lips or address aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, or lost volume. Today, injectable treatments offer a non-surgical and temporary option so that patients can change various features of their appearance without the downtime, cost, or incisions required for surgery. One of the most popular options is Restylane.
Restylane is a family of injectable fillers composed of hyaluronic acid. The products are available in various formulas suited to different purposes and areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring compound within the skin that smooths wrinkles and adds volume. Restylane can be used to enhance the lips, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restore lost volume through areas like the cheeks, or minimize the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
Am I a Candidate for Restylane?
Most patients are suitable candidates for Restylane. The treatment is approved for patients above 21 years old, but those with certain medical conditions or who take certain medications should not have the procedure. In addition, patients treating wrinkles or signs of aging may be better suited to other products or procedures, such as Botox, depending on the cause of their wrinkles. A physician or qualified aesthetician can determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for Restylane.
How Do I Prepare for Restylane?
Restylane injections are a relatively simple cosmetic procedure, so there is little you need to do to prepare aside from understanding what to expect. There are no incisions or general anesthesia involved, although you may receive a topical numbing cream or local anesthesia before the procedure to ensure your comfort. After determining the amount of product necessary and specific injection sites, Restylane injections will be placed using an ultrafine needle. The entire procedure takes no more than a half hour.
What is the Healing Process Like After Restylane?
There is no downtime required after Restylane injections, and you can return to your normal routine immediately after your appointment if you choose. Some swelling, redness, or potential bruising are possible, but these should dissipate quickly. To limit unnecessary swelling or bruising, you should avoid sun exposure as much as possible and avoid exercise for at least 24 hours after receiving injections. Some results will be immediately visible, but final Restylane results can be seen about a week after the procedure when swelling has fully dissipated. Results from Restylane typically last about 6-18 months, after which you can receive maintenance injections.
Who Should I Consult with About Restylane?
When choosing to have Restylane injections, you should consult with a qualified physician or aesthetician who is knowledgeable about the product and experienced in performing the procedure. Our team will work to understand your goals and recommend a treatment plan that is best for you.