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.
More than 4 million pe
ople in over 70 countries have been treated with Restylane®.
In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Restylane®
for the correction of nasolabial folds.
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
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.
Kenneth D. Steinsapir M.D., Los Angeles, CA ~ Christine Yuengel MD, Winston Salem, NC
Theda C. Kontis MD FACS, Baltimore, MD ~ William John Bull M.D., Naperville, IL
Otto J. Placik MD FACS, Chicago, IL ~ Sandra J. Fearrington MD, Cary, NC
Andrew Campbell MD, Sheboygan, WI ~ Steven Goldman MD, Beachwood, OH
Susan Baskin MD, Portland, ME