Q. What is Restylane®?
A. Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores
volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial
wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.
Q. What Is Restylane made of?
A. Restylane is the first cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based
hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already
exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness
to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a crystal-clear
gel called NASHA™ or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid.
NASHA is biodegradable and fully biocompatible with human hyaluronic
Q. Is Restylane different hyaluronic acid-based
A. Unlike rooster-derived hyaluronic acid-based products, Restylane
is free from animal proteins. This quality limits any risk of
animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. Restylane
contains trace amounts of gram-positive bacterial proteins and
should not be used by patients with a history of allergies to
such material. Additionally, Restylane has the highest concentration
of hyaluronic acid available in a dermal filler.
Q. Is Restylane safe?
A. Yes. Restylane has been used by dermatologists and plastic
surgeons since 1996 worldwide. There is limited risk of animal-based
disease transmission or allergic-reaction. Restylane is fully
biocompatible and allergy testing is not required. Restylane contains
trace amounts of gram-positive bacterial proteins and should not
be used by patients with a history of allergies to such material.
After your treatment, you might have some redness or swelling.
This will normally last less than seven days. Sunbathing and cold
outdoor activities should be avoided until any redness or swelling
disappear. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18, you
shouldn't use Restylane.
Q. Can Restylane be used anywhere on the face?
A. Restylane has been used in more than 3 million treatments in
over 60 countries to correct a variety of wrinkles. In the U.S.
the FDA has approved Restylane for wrinkles and folds like the
ones from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Your doctor will
consult with you prior to your injection regarding common treatment
Q. How long does Restylane last?
A. Restylane is proven to deliver long-lasting results. Studies
have shown that Restylane effects generally last for about six
months! Restylane's stabilization technology helps maintain the
cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone.
Q. How often should I have Restylane treatments
A. Treatments are typically scheduled twice a year. Having a touch-up
treatment before the product has fully dissipated may enhance
the lasting effect.
Q. What should patients do prior to treatment?
A. Restylane requires no pretesting, but you should take a few
precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory medications, St. John's Wort, or high doses
of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may
increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if
you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this
with your physician. He/She may consider prescribing a medication
to minimize recurrence.
Q. How is Restylane different from Botox®
A. Restylane is a natural, cosmetic filler. In contrast, Botox
Cosmetic is a drug that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes
the underlying muscles. Many patients have been very pleased after
receiving treatment with both products.
Q. How is Restylane®
different from bovine collagen?
A. Bovine collagen is derived from animals (cows) and requires
an allergy test. Restylane can be administered immediately-no
waiting is required.
Q. Do the injections hurt?
A. Restylane® is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts
by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure
is simple and convenient, and results are practically instantaneous.
To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, your physician
may anesthetize the treatment area.
Q. How much do Restylane treatment cost?
A. Restylane is a customized procedure based on your specific
needs, so the cost will vary from patient to patient. In general,
the cost of Restylane is comparable to the cost of similar procedures.
Because Restylane is long lasting, it proves to be very economical
over the long term. Please consult your physician to determine
the best recommendation for your particular needs.
Q. Who is Medicis Aesthetics™?
A. Medicis Aesthetics is a subsidiary of Medicisf a well-established
dermatology company dedicated to helping patients attain a healthy
and youthful appearance and self-image.