Restylane, benefits and risks.

Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid gel that resembles the hyaluronic acid found in your body. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture and adds cushioning. It is injected under wrinkles and lines and is intended to restore your skins volume. It is most commonly used for lip plumping.

The injections tend to last for around six months, maybe more depending on the area treated. A treatment usually takes less than 30 minutes. The results can be seen instantly and does not affect your facial expressions. If you are doing skin rejuvenation work, the initial treatments are a little more intense. 3 session are usually done every 2-3 weeks and then the follow ups are recommended every 6 months or so. The cost of a treatment is around $500-$600 but may be higher depending on how many treatments are required for the desired result.

Restylane also come in a few different forms so you want to be sure that you are getting your treatments from a trained practitioner. They will know the appropriate gel particle size to use on specific areas of your body and face.

Side Effects

  • bruising
  • redness
  • swelling
  • pain
  • tenderness
  • itching
  • nausea
  • flu like symptoms
  • headache
  • Some side effects can last for up to three days. In some very small cases it can be for several weeks.

    People who should avoid Restylane

    • Pregnant
    • Breastfeeding
    • Under 18 years of age
    • Prone to keloid formation (overgrown scars that appear at the site of a healed skin injury)
    • Prone to hypertrophic scarring (scars that appear as raised red lines at the site of a healed skin injury)
    In addition, care should be taken to avoid excessive heat and sunlight following a treatment. Also, those considering a laser treatment or chemical peel after receiving injections or who have had a laser treatment or chemical peel and have not completely healed should be advised that there is a potential risk of inflammation at the injection site.