Restylane® is natural cosmetic dermal filler that is composed of non-animal based hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in your body that maintains hydration and adds volume to your skin. It is developed from streptococcus bacteria which is purified, sterilized, and then chemically stabilized into a clear gel. Aging causes your skin to lose important components such as collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin resulting in loss of skin volume, elasticity and wrinkle formation. Restylane® rejuvenates and restores the skin, making it smooth and younger looking.
Uses of Restylane® injection include:
- Used to replenish the dermal volume loss
- To smoothen wrinkles, laugh lines, crow’s feet (little lines on the side of the eyes), and forehead lines
- To enhance the appearance of lips
- To fill in any acne scars
- For correction of tear trough depression (lower eyelid dark circles/dark hollows)
- To contour various parts of the nose in patients with improper nose shape
- For firming jaw and chin
Restylane® is injected under your skin with a very fine needle. Topical or local anaesthesia may be used to minimize the discomfort during the injection procedure. You may have slight stinging and burning sensation during the injection. Once the gel has been administered, it integrates into the dermis and binds water and gradually reabsorbs over time. Therefore follow up treatment at 6 to 12 month intervals may be required to keep up the results.
For wrinkle correction it is injected below the wrinkle and for lip enhancement it is directly injected into and around the lip. You will be able to resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.
The most common side effects of Restylane® injections include pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site. Most of these side effects are mild, rare and temporary lasting for up to 1 week. You may also have lip swelling, discomfort and small bumps at the site of injection. Hypersensitivity may also occur in some individuals. Rarely, a severe inflammatory reaction known as a granuloma can form which may require surgical treatment.
Because hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, there is low incidence of allergic reaction and no skin testing is required before the treatment.