Restylane is a type of injectable dermal filler designed to correct facial wrinkles or folds and increase the fullness in lips. The restylane filler is in gel form and contains the active ingredient hyaluronic acid (HA) a naturally occurring substance in the body, which keeps the skin plump, supple, and hydrated. The production of hyaluronic acid declines with age, and it can lead to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. Restylane is administered by injecting non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA) beneath the skin’s surface to provide volume and fullness, and smoothen mid-to-deep wrinkles and folds.
Patients aged 21 and above, who are looking for a non-invasive, temporary fix in smoothing wrinkles, filling shallow facial scars, sculpting lips, and providing volume to the skin, will benefit from Restylane dermal fillers. Generally, healthy adults can undergo restylane injections, as long as they are not allergic to lidocaine containing substances and hyaluronic acid based products.
This is not recommended for people with bleeding disorders, active skin infections, and multiple connective tissues diseases.1
Because the hyaluronic acid in Restylane is not derived from an animal source, allergic reaction and the risk of acquiring transmissible diseases are rare.
Hyaluronic acid (HA), also known as hyaluronan, is the active ingredient in restylane dermal fillers. The FDA-approved substance is biodegradable and exhibits no species and tissue specificity. This means allergic reaction and transplantation rejection rarely occur with NASHA, making restylane a safe and stable treatment for wrinkles.
Once injected, the hydrophilic (water-loving) hyaluronic acid binds to water molecules, causing the underlying tissue to look plumper and more youthful looking. Restylane injection creates a gel swelling that can withstand compressive forces, so results can be seen immediately. It gradually disintegrates in the body leaving no residue.
The procedure is performed in the doctor's office for patients over the age of 21. Skin or allergy test is not required for restylane injection because it contains a natural form of hyaluronic acid compared to the animal-derived substances used in the past. It is often administered with lidocaine or local anesthesia, especially if the injection site is on the lips or around the mouth.
The doctor may first choose one or more injection points for each site being treated. An antiseptic will first be applied, and the dermal filler will be injected beneath the skin. The whole procedure may last up to half an hour. Your patient can go home immediately after the procedure.
The results will be fully visible within a couple of weeks. The whole procedure may last up to half an hour. Your patient can go home immediately after the procedure.
Hyaluronic acid fillers can last for six to nine months. The effect of restylane depends on the area being treated, the amount of substance administered, and the metabolism of the individual. It tends to last longer in areas that are least mobile. It diminishes rapidly in areas that are most mobile, such as the lips.
Although it is generally safe and effective to undergo dermal filler injections, it can still pose some risks to other people. Swelling has been reported to last for two to three days. Some patients also reported experiencing headache, nausea, redness, and pain at the site of injection. Your doctor will discuss with you the possible complications and remedies of undergoing HA injection. Follow up treatment sessions are recommended to achieve better, long-lasting results.
Your patients may experience pronounced swelling in the affected area that may last for up to three days. Although normal activities can be resumed after the procedure, it is strongly advised to avoid sun exposure. HA dermal fillers can diminish fine lines and wrinkles for up to 80 percent. Tell your patients to consult you immediately if they experience extreme pain, and other negative symptoms that do not go away.
Cost of Restylane
Patients can expect a single syringe of Restylane to cost between $300 - $800 in the USA. A second injection may be administered after six months. Negative effects become less prominent for subsequent injections. Opting for restylane fillers is cheaper than fat grafting but the latter may last longer.
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