Restylane® is FDA approved and was introduced to the U.S. market in 1996, and has a solid track record. It is a dermal filler used to restore volume and fullness to skin. Fillers are used to correct lines, wrinkles, folds and some acne scarring. Restylane® is commonly used in the lower third of the face for correction around the nasolabial (nose) folds, oral commissures (mouth) and vermillion (lip) borders. It can be used to correct transverse forehead lines and glabellar lines between the brows. Restylane® is the first cosmetic filler made of non-animal hyaluronic acid and contains the highest concentration available in a dermal filler. It is injected into the dermis to provide volume to areas where the concentration of the body?s own hyaluronic acid has decreased.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (sugar) substance in human skin. It is a common additive in moisturizers, whose primary function is to provide volume and pliability to skin. Because Restylane® is free of animal proteins, the risk of animal-based disease transmission and allergic reaction is minimal. It is biocompatible, so there is no need for pre-testing.
Restylane® naturally degrades over a period of months and clients usually require treatments twice a year. Because hyaluronic acid holds up to 1000X its weight in water, it holds its shape. Results will last much longer if the recipient stays well hydrated. The recommended intake of water per day is a minimum of two liters. Because the human body does not recognize any other substance as hydration, colored drinks and colas will not substitute.
Restylane® injections may be uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics and dental blocks may be administered by the health care professional. Some redness, bruising and swelling may occur after treatment. Manual manipulation of the injected area may be required.
Restylane® is available in .4ml and 1.0ml pre-packages sterile syringes. Injections are commonly sold by either the area or tube (syringe). Pricing varies from location to location. Clients should choose health care professional they trust with their care, who is certified in the administration of Restylane®.
To avoid misconceptions, clients must have realistic expectations. Health care professionals would be irresponsible without a word of council to prospective clients. Nothing stops the aging process and continued maintenance is crucial. A solid skin care routine, common sense protection from the sun's harmful rays, adequate hydration and a well balanced diet will go a long way toward improving the appearance. Although dermal fillers offer a nice compliment, hopes of looking and feeling younger should not depend on aesthetic procedures alone.