Restylane - Frequently Asked Questions
- What are common uses for Restylane®?
- What are other uses for Restylane®?
- What is the difference between Restylane®, Perlane® and Juvederm®?
- What does Restylane® treatment feel like?
- Who should not have Restylane® treatments?
- Can a face-lift or other surgery be performed after Restylane® treatment?
- Can Restylane® be used during pregnancy?
- Am I "vain"?
- Pre-treatment instructions
- Post-treatment instructions
- How much does it cost?
1. What are common uses for Restylane®?
Common uses for Restylane® include:
- Correcting folds and wrinkles of the face
- Acne scars
- Nasolabial folds (between your nose, mouth and cheeks)
- Horizontal (upper forehead) frown lines
- Glabellar (lower forehead) frown lines
- Chin augmentation
- Depressed corners of the mouth, also known as marionette lines
- Lip enhancement, including treatment of the edges of the lips and wrinkles around the lips to stop lipstick from leaking from your lips onto the surrounding skin
2. What are other uses for Restylane®?
Other uses for Restylane® include:
- Filling subcutaneous skin defects
- Filling of orbits of the eyes
- Augmentation of cheek bones, chin or bridge of the nose
- Correcting some irregularities of the nose
- Filling small facial bone or hand bone defects
- Augmentation of the nipple
3. What is the difference between Restylane®, Perlane® and What are other uses for Juvederm®?
Juvederm® is the newest injectible in the field of dermal fillers. It has the same active ingredient as Restylane® and Perlane® ... hyaluronic acid, a natural substance already present in your body that provides volume and fullness to the skin. Juvederm is unique to other dermal fillers in that it has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid available and is the first hyaluronic acid filler available in a smooth gel formulation. Restylane® and Perlane® use a gel particle suspension formulation. These gel particles can be visibly seen as opposed to the smoother, more natural looking formulation used in Juvederm®.
4. What does Restylane® treatment feel like?
The needles used for Restylane® are very fine and many patients are pleasantly surprised by the minimal discomfort of the treatment. Very sensitive areas (for example, the lips) are gently anesthetized before treatment to improve your comfort.
5. Who should not have Restylane® treatments?
- People who have thin, loose skin in the area to be treated
- People who have unrealistic expectations (as with any treatment, you need to have an accurate understanding of the likely benefits and risks of Restylane® treatment.)
6. Can a face-lift or other surgery be performed after Restylane® treatment?
Yes. A face-lift can be performed after Restylane® treatment. The skin on the face is thick enough to prevent the implants from becoming visible after a face-lift. Restylane® treatments can sometimes reduce or eliminate the need for a facelift or other surgery, or can delay the need for repeated surgery.
7. Can Restylane® be used during pregnancy?
8. Am I "vain"?
Many people at some time before Restylane® treatment for wrinkles, lip augmentation or scarring have fears and doubts. A common concern is that they are being vain. My experience has been that just about all patients who have Restylane®, laser hair removal, BOTOX® treatment, and other procedures to maintain their appearance and comfort are no more vain than anyone else. What does distinguish these individuals is a desire to get the most out of life, and to look as good as they feel.
Looking after our appearance is not a fault. After all, would you leave your house with broken gutters or peeling paint? Why do less for your body? I think you should feel proud of yourself for having the will and the ability to change something that you find unacceptable. I emphasize that you should only have Restylane® and other treatments if it is for you. It is a big mistake to do these things if it is just for somebody else.
The same self-esteem that makes our patients successful in their chosen fields, precise in their consultation questions, well groomed and dressed, and often careful in their diet, exercise, and other aspects of health maintenance leads many of our patients to seek help for their wrinkles and frown lines. These individuals are normal healthy people, and the same degree of self-interest that prompts them to exercise, be selective in what they eat and drink, and protect themselves from sun damage leads them to explore the benefits of Restylane®. Our patients simply want to look their best.
9. Pre-treatment instructions
It is good to pamper yourself on treatment day! If you have a nice big breakfast or lunch, and an extra glass of water, you will be more comfortable. Many patients like to take a couple of plain Tylenol before treatment (similar to what you might do before having a flu shot) to prevent discomfort. As a practical matter, bruising is seldom a major problem after Perlane® treatment. The chance of bruising can be reduced by minimizing your consumption of ASA, alcohol and Vitamin E for 3 days before Restylane® treatment.
10. Post-treatment instructions
After Restylane® treatment, there is occasionally some pain, swelling, itching or redness at the site of injection — similar to what you could experience after any injection. You may take a couple of plain Tylenol 3 times a day to reduce swelling and discomfort. ASA (Aspirin) should be avoided as it may increase bruising at the site of injection. Cold compresses or ice packs can also be used to reduce any swelling, itching or discomfort. Redness may last for 1 — 2 days, occasionally longer in some patients. Swelling in the lips can last for a week, and the lips may appear somewhat uneven until the swelling subsides.
In order to allow the implant to stabilize, try to avoid excessive movement of your facial muscles for the next few days, and in particular during the first 6 hours after your Restylane® treatment.
11. How much does it cost?
$635.00 per syringe