What is Restylane®?
Restylane is a range of products for facial aesthetic treatments. They are designed to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, contour and create volume, and to revitalise the skin. Restylane is a gel based on stabilized hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally exists in your body. The gel is injected into the skin.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in skin.
What are the benefits of Restylane®?
A treatment with Restylane® provides an easy way to enhance your looks. The result of a single treatment can be seen instantly and lasts around one year. With Restylane® you will achieve a natural looking result that does not affect facial expression. Remember your face changes over time, Restylane® allows you to control your looks subtly as you age.
Restylane® is the most scientifically documented hyaluronic acid based dermal filler in the world with comprehensive studies that support its safety and efficacy. Restylane® has been used in over 10 million treatments worldwide during the last 12 years.
Why should I choose Restylane®?
It is safe. Restylane® resembles the body’s own hyaluronic acid, which reduces the risk of allergic reaction. Restylane® is the most tried and tested hyaluronic acid dermal filler available today.
It works. Restylane® has long-lasting results, but is not permanent. It is clinically proven with extensive clinical documentation.
It is the most used. Restylane® has been used in over 10 million treatments worldwide during the last 12 years.
What areas can be treated?
Restylane® products can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, and revitalise the skin.
The most common areas treated are:
Nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)
Between the eyebrows (the glabella lines)
Lips (adding volume and shape)
Cheeks and chin (shaping and contouring)
Back of the hands, décolletage, face, neck (skin revitalisation)
How does Restylane® work?
By boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® revitalises and adds volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. Restylane® is a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent.
What does Restylane® treatment involve?
During consultation be prepared to discuss your treatment expectations. After discussion of what you wish to achieve and assessment of your treatment needs, your practitioner will recommend which Restylane® treatment is most suitable for you.
Restylane® is injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. The gel provides natural volume to smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles, enhance facial shape, or create fuller lips. Restylane® Vital products improve the elasticity and texture of skin, restoring and maintaining the skins hydrobalance.
The treatment is quick, typically taking about 15-30 minutes. Treatment with Restylane® does not affect facial expression and the benefits can normally be seen instantly.
Restylane® products are biodegradable, which means they will naturally disappear in the body. To ensure an optimal and long lasting result, a top-up treatment is recommended 6-12 months after your initial Restylane® treatment. Discuss with your practitioner when a follow-up appointment may be appropriate.
After a treatment some reactions might occur, these include; slight redness, swelling, itching, bruising, pain and tenderness. The reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection. They typically resolve spontaneously within one or two days, but for some treatments they may last longer.
How long does a Restylane® treatment last?
One of the great advantages of Restylane® is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Duration depends on many factors, such as the individual’s skin type, skin condition, lifestyle and age. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around every 6 to 12 months depending on the individual and the treatment. A treatment of the lips lasts about 6 months.
Does Restylane® treatment need pain relief?
Generally, pain relief is not necessary when injecting into the skin to correct lines and wrinkles.
Some people may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. A local anesthetic cream can be applied to the area for a more comfortable treatment experience.
The lips are a highly sensitive part of the body and, therefore, anesthesia is usually recommended before lip enhancement. This is achieved most effectively by using a dental block or local anaesthetic.
Restylane® and Restylane® Perlane are now also available with the local anesthetic lidocaine included for a more comfortable treatment experience.
Your practitioner will be able to advise on suitable anesthesia for your treatment.
Are there any risks with Restylane®?
More than 10 million treatments have been performed since the launch of Restylane® in 1996. Product related reactions are rare. There are some injection related reactions which may occur after any injection; they typically resolve spontaneously a few days after injection to the skin, within a week after injection into the lips and within two weeks after injection with Restylane® SubQ. These reactions include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site.
After lip enhancement, lips may swell for up to a week, but this typically reduces after two to three days.
In case of more pronounced reactions or if they last longer than a week contact your practitioner.
What is the clinical experience behind Restylane®?
Restylane® is the world’s most tried and tested hyaluronic acid dermal filler available today. It is the benchmark for clinical excellence in its field. Its safety and effectiveness are clinically proven and supported by extensive clinical data. Restylane® has been used for over 12 years and in more than 10 million treatments worldwide. Research and development is continuous.
Are there different Restylane® products?
Restylane® consists of a range of different products designed to be used at different levels in the skin to meet your treatment needs and maximise your treatment results. Discuss with your practitioner during your pre-treatment consultation what products suits your needs best.
Who manufactures Restylane®?
Restylane® is developed and produced by the Swedish biotechnology company Q-Med AB, with headquarters in Uppsala, Sweden, and offices all around the world. Q-Med has continuous research and development programs where safety and quality are top priorities. Restylane® has been proven to be safe, effective and long lasting, which is supported with the experience of more than a decade of clinical use and over 10 million treatments worldwide.
Do I need to take a skin test?
No skin test is required as Restylane® does not contain any animal-derived ingredients.
Can Restylane® be used if I have had laser treatment or a chemical peel?
If you have recently had a laser or chemical peel treatment, it is recommended you wait until the area is totally healed and the skin is back to its normal condition.
How is Restylane® produced?
Q-Med has patented a unique technology, NASHA™, which stabilizes hyaluronic acid to make it long lasting, yet similar to the body’s own hyaluronic acid. This means that Restylane® treatment is safe and long lasting, minimising the risk of allergic reactions.