Q: What is Restylane?
A: It is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.
Q: What is Restylane made of?
A: It is made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the human body. It is biodegradable and biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.
Q: How is Restylane different from other similar products?
A: Unlike rooster-derived hyaluronic acid-based products, Restylane is free of animal proteins. This limits the risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. Restylane contains trace amounts of gram-positive bacterial proteins and should not be used by patients with a history of allergies to such material.
Q: Is Restylane safe?
A: Yes. It has been used worldwide since 1996. There is limited risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.
Other things to note: After treatment, you may have redness or swelling, normally lasting less than seven days. Avoid sunbathing and cold outdoor activities during this time. Do not use Restylane if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or under age 18.
Q: Where can Restylane be used?
A; In the US, The FDA has approved it for facial wrinkles and folds. It has been used in more than 3 million treatments in over 60 countries.
Q: How long does a Restylane treatment last?
A: Its effects generally last for about six months. Restylane maintains the cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone. It maintains it’s shape using your body’s own moisture.
Q: How often should I have a Restylane treatment?
A: Having a follow-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated may enhance the lasting effect.
Q: What should I do prior to a treatment?
A: Avoid using aspirin, non-steriodal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to your treatment. These may increase the chance of bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Let your physician know if you’ve previously had facial cold sores.
Q: How is Restylane different from Botox?
A: Restylane plumps the skin to smooth facial wrinkles. Botox Cosmetic relaxes the muscles under wrinkles.
Q: How is Restylane different from bovine collagen?
A: Bovine collagen comes from cows. You must have an allergy test and wait up to three weeks before starting treatment. You don’t need an allergy test nor wait to start Restylane treatment.
Q: Do the injections hurt?
A: You can expect minimal discomfort at the injection site from the ultrafine needle that injects tiny amounts of Restylane. If you desire, ask your doctor about using an anesthetic on the treatment area.
Q: How much do Restylane treatments cost?
A: The amount and frequency are based on your individual needs. Consult your doctor for specifics.
Q: How can I get more information?
A: Visit the Restylane website for complete product and safety information. You can also watch educational videos, use an interactive tool to visualize before and after results, and much more.