What is Restylane?

Restylane is an injectable dermal filler using hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body to promote healthy skin. The fillers can be used to plump an area of the skin to smooth out lines and wrinkles or to add volume to the lips. A common area targeted with Restylane is the nasolabial fold, or the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth.

During treatment, a thin needle is used to place the Restylane formula below the skin. Several injections will be made to ensure your creases are effectively smoothed out with an even distribution. The whole process should be complete in under an hour.

Who is a Candidate?

Candidates for Restylane injections are those who are unhappy with moderate to severe signs of aging such as deep lines and wrinkles in the lower face, or a loss of volume in the lips. Restylane is a great option for those who do not have severe sagging that would require a surgical procedure like a facelift. Restylane dermal fillers can also be used to help maintain results from a previous facelift procedure. Those who are pregnant, using blood thinner medication, or have a bleeding disorder might not be candidates for Restylane treatment.

Results and Recovery

Results from Restylane injections can be noticed virtually immediately for diminished lines and wrinkles around the mouth and an overall rejuvenated appearance. Some mild side effects might be present in the first few days such as swelling, redness, bruising, and sensitivity at the injection site. However, there is little to no recovery and patients are free to return to all regular activities. With optimal treatment, patients can enjoy results lasting for up to 18 months. One to two sessions are usually recommended for best results. Over time, the Restylane formula will be naturally broken down by your body, but follow-up sessions can help you maintain your smooth skin.

If you are interested in learning more about Restylane and what it can do for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao.