What is Restylane?
Restylane is a brand of hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers used to smooth wrinkles. Different types of Restylane can be used for various needs, including:
targeting lines around your mouth.
adding volume to your cheeks.
minimizing dark circles under your eyes.
Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the connective tissue of the skin. So it’s most commonly used in aesthetic procedures.
You should avoid Restylane if you’re:
allergic to bacterial protein.
taking blood thinners.
pregnant or breastfeeding.
under age 21.
How does Restylane work?
Restylane works by placing volume underneath your skin where you’ve lost collagen and other tissue. This helps smooth out and lift skin, making it look plumper.
The hyaluronic acid in Restylane clings to your skin and the water in the acid provides volume. The acid also attracts more water, helping to preserve the recently added volume.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Any procedure carries potential risks or side effects and Restylane is no different. Risks of Restylane treatments include:
bruising or bleeding at the injection site
irregularities in the filling (e.g., in the firmness of your skin)
Side effects from these injections can include:
pain or itching at the injection site
These typically resolve in 7 to 18 days, depending on the treatment area.
Individuals on blood-thinning medications are generally not advised to use products. If you’ve experienced serious side effects from any drugs or medications, talk with your doctor about whether you’d be a good candidate for this treatment.
What to expect after Restylane?
Healing time can vary with each person and depends on how many injections you received and where. You can expect some redness, swelling, or bruising that might take a week or so to fully resolve. At the same time, you should also limit your sun exposure afterward to prevent added swelling or bruising.
You can return to work soon after, but if you’ve had several injections rather you might want to give yourself a day to rest and recover.
Full results are usually seen within a week after the procedure but you will also see immediate effects since the products add volume when injected.
Restylane injections aren’t permanent fillers, so if you want to maintain results, you’ll need more rounds of injections. Depending on the kind of Restylane you received, the fillers last anywhere between 6 and 18 months. You don’t have to alter your activities in any way after you’re fully healed.