Restylane is a line of fillers with a specific formulation of non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid (HA). It has been used in over 11 million treatments globally, Restylane was the first stabilized hyaluronic acid filler on the market. In the U.S., Restylane was the first HA filler to be approved by the FDA for cosmetic injection into sub dermal facial tissues.
Q: How Does Restylane Work?
HA is abundant in youthful skin as it is a substance that binds water, hydrates the skin and promotes all important softness and fullness. However, as we age, factors gradually remove HA from the skin and it becomes less efficient which causes the loss of elasticity and volume. Restylane is Stabilized Non-Animal Hyaluronic Acid gel (NASHA).
When injected Restylane boosts the skin’s natural hydration system by stimulating the production of collagen. It restores volume by supporting the skin’s structure, delaying the signs of ageing and encouraging the production of healthy, glowing skin.
Q: Candidates for Restylane Treatment
Because Restylane requires only a few injections and there aren’t any incisions or tissue removal, the risk of complications is quite low. This means that almost anyone who would like to reduce prominent lines and wrinkles can be a candidate for Restylane treatments. Those allergic to avian-based hyaluronic acid treatments can safely use Restylane, since it is derived from bacterial origins. Those with a history of allergy to bacterial protein, though, should not use the product.
Q: General Restylane Treatment Requirements
Since Restylane treatment requires no incisions and involves a very easy recovery process, it is very rare for a potential patient to be excluded for medical reasons. Furthermore, patients who cannot use other hyaluronic acid treatments because of the bird proteins they contain can receive Restylane injections without risk of allergic reaction. A very small portion of the population may experience an adverse reaction to the bacterial proteins in Restylane, so patients with a history of such problems should avoid using the product.
As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, it is generally encouraged to wait until after the age of 18 to undergo treatment, since the structure of the face will continue to change throughout adolescence. In addition, qualified patients must understand the possibilities and the limitations of the procedure as well as the risks that can accompany the use of Restylane. Those who meet the requirements will be good candidates for the procedure.
Q: What areas can be treated with Restylane?
Restylane dermal fillers can treat a variety of facial areas as it can reduce creases, deep folds, and light wrinkles. Popular areas for this procedure are fine mouth lines, like laugh lines. To enhance facial contours, like sagging under the eyes, cheekbones or recessive chins, larger size versions of Restylane are necessary. Another popular application of Restylane is its use as a lip filler, where it can enhance volume and shape for months after treatment. In short, any area of the face that lacks volume, shape, or smoothness can experience improvement through Restylane injections.