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Restylane is a type of dermal filler composed of hyaluronic acid. Each injectable in this product line is designed to meet a specific skin need and can be used to soften and smooth wrinkles and add volume to your lips and cheeks, and target lines around your mouth.
Each Restylane filler option contains hyaluronic acid—a sugar that occurs naturally in your skin that helps to provide skin elasticity and fullness—along with collagen and elastin. Our skin produces less collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin as we age, causing the skin to lose volume and leading to other signs of aging such as wrinkles and folds. Treatment with this dermal filler works by replacing lost volume and stimulating collagen production. This helps to smooth wrinkles and lift the skin, increasing its fullness and making it look plumper.
There are several types of Restylane fillers:
To reduce discomfort, numbing agents may be applied to the treatment area. However, since some products in this family of fillers contain lidocaine, you’ll experience minimal discomfort during treatment. Your provider uses a very fine needle to inject the hyaluronic-based filler into the treatment areas. Depending on your specific goals and treatment needs, you may receive a series of injections over a two-week period. There isn’t any downtime associated with the procedure, so you can immediately resume your normal activities.
Restylane treatment instantly adds volume to the treatment area, so you’ll notice some results immediately. You’ll notice final results after one to two weeks once any swelling or bruising has had time to subside. Your results will last between six and18 months, depending on the type of filler you received. Follow-up treatments are needed to maintain your results.
After your Restylane treatment, you may experience some side effects, including redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and normally last between one to two weeks, depending on where you received your injections.