Restylane is a injectable filler with a specific formulation of non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid. Restylane was the first stabilized hyaluronic acid filler on the market and has been used in over 11 million treatments worldwide. Restylane was also the first acide filler to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

How is Resylane used?

Resylane is commonly used to enhance the volume and contouring of the lips. It can be used to diminish wrinkles and aging line sof the face in areas of 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 throughs" (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 revilaize the skin by increasing the skin elasticity structure, without the goal of adding volume, for example in the face, hands and decolletage.

What are the side effects?

Side effects of Restylane are mild with temporary bruising in addition to swelling and numbness for a few days. In rare cases, there has ben reports of lumps. These side effects can be easily reversed with a treatment of hyaluronidase, which is an enzyme that speeds up the natural degradation of the injected hyaluronic acid filler.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Nearly all of our patients return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure. It is best to rest though if possible. Mild swelling and/or bruising may occur for up to three days. When going to bed, it is best to sleep at a 30-degree angle and avoid sleeping on one side to avoid disturbing the placment of the filler. Patients may take Tylenol for pain but not take Aspirin or Ibuprofen. Aspirin and Ibuprofen may increase bruising.