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Restylane is the trade name of an FDA-approved injectable product made of a naturally occurring product called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found throughout our skin, eyes, kidneys and other areas, and, in the case of products like Restylane it is a pharmaceutical grade product created in a laboratory.  It is not derived from animals or humans. Restylane was the first hyaluronic acid product to receive FDA approval in the United States in late 2003.

Where Restylane Is Most Often Used

Restylane is an extremely versatile filler which can be used to treat wrinkles and lines but which is also commonly used around the mouth, under the eyes, in the lips, in the earlobes, and in a host of other areas. When used properly, Restylane is both safe and effective. As is true of any injectable, a highly experienced injector can help you achieve best results with Restylane., It may be used to enhance our natural appearance but more commonly is used to correct changes which have occurred over time.

What to Expect Before and During Treatment

There are no special preparations required prior to Restylane injection. Discontinuing the use of aspirin or blood thinners 10-14 days prior to Restylane treatment will reduce the likelihood of bruising; however, if the use of blood thinners (even baby aspirin) has been recommended by a doctor, you must obtain permission before discontinuing these products. Restylane Injections are given in an office setting without the need for sedation. Most patients choose to use topical anesthetic cream.  Should you prefer to take an oral medications for anxiety relief prior to Restylane treatment, please notify our staff and they will assist you with this option.

What to Expect After Treatment

Mild discomfort and swelling are common after Restylane treatment. These typically do not interfere with one’s social schedule. Should bruising occur, it may be minimized via the use with the use of laser or pulsed light treatment. Please contact us immediately if you develop significant bruising after a Restylane injection.

Restylane injections may need to be “touched” up periodically. The duration of effect will vary with the location in which the product was placed. Injections under the eyes frequently last substantially longer than those administered in the lips. Prior to your leaving our office, our staff will advise you when you should schedule a follow-up appointment. If you ever have a problem with a treatment that has been provided at our practice, we may be reached 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Please call if you ever have questions or concerns.

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