Restylane® is a natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds. Physicians experienced in the use of dermal fillers and who use Restylane® may use it in a variety of facial cosmetic procedures. For instance, some physicians use it to augment cheeks, to enhance and add fullness to the lips, and to contour the jawline.
Restylane® is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in the body that provides the skin with volume and hydration. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is called non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA) because it is not derived from animal sources. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is hydrophilic, meaning it attracts and binds to water. This characteristic allows Restylane® longer lasting and more easily sustained results. As the hyaluronic acid in Restylane® gradually degrades, each molecule binds to more water and, over time, the same volume can often be maintained with less product.
Restylane® results generally last 6 to 9 months, or longer. An individual's skin properties, the facial area treated and the physician's experience with injectables can all affect the longevity of Restylane®. Added longevity may be achieved by returning to your physician for touch up while some filler is still present in the body, since the body continues to respond with its own collagen production in the area where Restylane® is placed. The amount of product required to maintain results may decrease in subsequent procedures as well. Depending upon the exact nature of the procedure, physicians may choose to supplement Restylane® treatment by placing a botulinum toxin in the muscles around the treated area to enhance results and extend the life of the product.
Since hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body, there is a low occurrence of adverse effects due to Restylane® injection. The most commonly reported side effects are temporary redness, swelling and bruising around the injection site, generally lasting a few days. Consult your physician for a complete list of potential side effects.
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Restylane® is a registered trademark of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation.