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The youthful appearance and elasticity of your skin is due to hyaluronic acid, found naturally in many body tissues. Restylane, an injectable cosmetic treatment, uses hyaluronic acid to correct folds and wrinkles and other imperfections in the skin. Because Restylane uses a naturally occurring substance as filler, there is very little chance of an allergic reaction, such as occasionally happens with collagen.

Restylane users can receive treatment immediately following consultation, if desired, rather than having to wait for the results of an allergy test. Over a half a million men and women worldwide have been successfully treated with Restylane since 1996, and its popularity continues to boom. In addition to low rates of reaction, Restylane is acceptable to vegetarians, as it contains no animal products whatsoever.

What is Restylane used for?

Using Restylane cosmetic surgeons can fill in facial lines and folds, correct acne scars, augment the chin, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, or nipples, and even treat small facial bone or hand bone defects. Restylane can be used in combination with Perlane to treat especially deep lines and creases, and does not prevent patients from receiving a face lift later on.

The body will gradually break down Restylane and reabsorb it, requiring occasional touch ups to maintain the look achieved with initial treatment. Many Restylane users are pleased to learn that touch ups are only required every six to twelve months, depending mostly upon the area treated.

How is the procedure performed?

Restylane is injected just under the skin using fine gauge needles, and most patients find that they do not need any form of anesthetic, although when Restylane is used in sensitive areas or injected deeply (as when it is used for lip augmentation), a local anesthetic may be used.

Possible Restylane side effects are similar to those for any injection: itching, redness, and swelling, and will usually respond well to mild pain medications and disappear in short time. Restylane takes under an hour to be administered, and patients may return immediately to their regular activities, although to maximize the results, plastic surgeons recommend that patients avoid excessive movement of facial muscles for the first six hours following treatment.

Restylane presents a new option in treatment of facial imperfections, without the waiting period, risk of allergic reaction, or frequent touch ups demanded by collagen. The natural makeup of Restylane makes it easy for the body to break down over time, and allows nutrients, oxygen, and hormones to pass easily through the gel, encouraging the health and vitality of the skin.

Restylane Results

The injectable filler Restylane is enjoying a booming popularity due mainly to its results, which can last six months or longer, twice the length of collagen injections. The longevity of the results is due to the key component of Restylane, hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in body tissues and is partially responsible for the skin's youthful appearance. Restylane results reflect the unique property of hyaluronic acid to bind to water up to 1000 times its volume. This means that even as hyaluronic acid is being reabsorbed into the body, the results continue to be visible, due to the water that remains under the skin's surface.

Patients who choose Restylane can see results almost immediately, and the full effects will appear within a few days of treatment. Because the results fade gradually and slowly, patients can decide whether or not to have "touch up" injections, or to allow the effect to simply disappear over time. Many patients are reassured by this flexibility in maintaining their Restylane results, not wanting to commit to a permanent change just yet. The ability to fully reverse any results without a trace is yet another reason for its popularity.

Restylane Side Effects

Since its FDA approval in late 2003, Restylane has been considered as the safer alternative to other similar facial fillers. Because Restylane is non-animal hyaluronic acid filler, it does not come with the risk of animal-borne infections that exist in fillers made with animal products.

Still, there have been a few side effects associated with Restylane injections, including:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Infection or cold sore
  • Allergy
  • Redness, itching and discoloration

Most side effects experienced by Restylane patients are classified as mild. However, roughly one in 2,000 patients suffers more severe reactions, such as extreme tenderness, long-lasting redness and acne-like skin formations. These side effects can last for only a few days after injection up to as long as four weeks after treatment. Hypersensitive skin is usually to blame for more serious reactions.

Restylane Cost

Because Restylane injections are still a relatively new procedure, average costs have yet to be concluded. Furthermore, the amount of Restylane that is used varies to suit each individual's needs, so the cost varies as well. Price also depends on the area of the face in which the filler is injected.

In general, the cost of Restylane treatments is comparable to that of other similar cosmetic procedures. However, time between injections ranges from six to 12 months - longer than other similar procedures. Over time, less of the filler is needed to produce noticeable results. Restylane may prove to be a relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedure.

The part of the country where a patient lives is also likely to significantly impact the cost of Restylane treatments. New York and Miami are known as the two most expensive areas for the treatment. Cost can vary between $500 and $1,000 per injection.


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