In December 2003, the FDA approved the dermal filler Restylane for
cosmetic use in the United States. Even before receiving approval, dermatologists and surgeons had been using the substance since 1996. With RESTYLANE, you can have a natural beauty lift using the body's own material. RESTYLANE is a crystal-clear, biodegradable NASHA (Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid) gel, which is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that exists naturally in the body. Its most important function is to carry and bind water. Non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA) does not contain animal protein and does not require a skin test prior to treatment.
RESTYLANE is designed for different purposes and effects, from reducing wrinkles and folds to enhancing facial contours and sculpting lips. The treatment often takes less than half an hour. The results are instantaneous, producing a long-lasting, natural enhancement, and it's gentle and safe to the skin.
Since it was launched in 1996, RESTYLANE has undergone extensive clinical studies with an increasing body of evidence relating to its ease of use, tolerability and effectiveness. Today, more than 1,500,000 treatments have been successfully carried out worldwide.
What are Restylane treatments like?
Restylane injections are quick and minimally invasive. Your doctor places a few tiny injections into the skin in the area of treatment. The correct injection technique and choice of tissue depth have an impact on the quality of the treatment and the duration of the effect. The physician's clinical experience is important for good results. Each patient's need for pain relief should be assessed prior to treatment. For some patients, pain relief might not be necessary. The lips, however, are a highly sensitive part of the body and a local nerve block or topical anesthesia may be necessary. More Facts...
What are the risks and side effects?
After receiving a Restylane Injection some common side effects may be pain, redness, swelling, itching, discoloration, and tenderness at the point of injection. These side effects typically subside within two days of the Restylane injection procedure.
While more severe reactions occur in only 1 of 2000 patients on average, some have experienced localized swelling at the injection point, thought to be brought on by hypersensitivity, tenderness, redness, and very rarely acne-like formations have appeared.
Reactions can typically occur only a few days after the injection, or as long as four weeks. When a reaction does occur, its average lifespan is only a few weeks, and is typically described as moderate and mild. More Facts...
How long does Restylane last?
The result is immediate and can last from 6 - 12 months, depending on the patient and the area that is being treated. Wrinkle treatment tends to last from 6 - 12 months and lip enhancement for around 6 months. More Facts...
How much does Restylane Cost?
In general, the cost of Restylane treatments is comparable to that of other similar cosmetic procedures. However, time between injections ranges from six to 12 months - longer than other similar procedures. Over time, less of the filler is needed to produce noticeable results. Restylane may prove to be a relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedure.
The part of the country where a patient lives also impacts the cost of Restylane treatments. Cost can vary between $500 and $1,000 per injection. More Facts...
This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.