Restylane is one of the oldest and most widely used hyaluronic acid fillers. It is exceptionally effective for treating nasolabial folds and marionette lines (creases that appear at the corners of the mouth that result in a sad expression). It can also be used under the eyes to correct a sunken look, and to minimize scars. One quick treatment with no downtime can yield dramatic results. Restylane and Juvederm are similar but there are subtle differences which our physicians can discuss with you depending on your goals.
What should I expect during my Restlane procedure?
Before your treatment you will generally sit with a topical anesthetic on your skin to make the procedure more comfortable. Then the skin is cleansed. Typically the Restylane injections take 15-30 minutes. Restylane, Restylane Lyft, and Restylane Silk contain lidocaine which minimizes discomfort. You will feel several needle pricks but they are generally easily tolerated.
How long does Restylane last?
Depending on how fast your body breaks down product and where the product is placed (areas with a great deal of movement such as around the mouth metabolize faster), results last from 6-12 months. Because Restylane stimulates new collagen formation to some extent, by having regular treatments, it is possible that in time you will need Restylane less often.
What are the side effects?
Most patients experience minimal side effects from Restylane injections. Some patients have swelling which typically resolves in 1-2 days. Some patients will have bruising. The chance of bruising can be minimized by avoiding blood thinners (aspirin, NSAIDS, vitamin E, fish oil, garlic supplements, and alcohol) for 1 week prior to treatment. Some patients benefit from eating fresh pineapple the day before treatment due to the Bromelain enzyme in pineapple that has been reported to minimize swelling and bruising.
Can you combine Restylane with other treatments?
Yes! Our physicians can combine Restylane with other fillers, with the neuromodulators (Botox & Dysport) as well as a variety of skin tightening, laser treatments, and skin care products to achieve a complete plan for facial rejuvenation based on your cosmetic goals. Call South Coast Dermatology 781-335-9700 for a cosmetic consultation.
Restylane Before and Afters:
Before and After photos showcasing the use of 2mL of Restylane in the nasolabial folds of a 37 year old patient
Before and after photos showcasing the use of 3mL of Restylane in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines of a 50 year old patient