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RESTYLANE®

Restylane is a hyaluronic gel dermal filler that decreases a variety of lines and wrinkles, including:

  • Lines on the upper lip or corners of the mouth
  • Marionette lines that extend from the mouth to the chin
  • Nasolabial folds from the nose to the mouth
  • Lines around the eyes
  • Hollows under the eyes
  • Restylane is also often used to correct thin lips, plumping them slightly and making them fuller.

How Restylane Works

Restylane is made up of high molecular weight cross-linked hyaluronic acid, a substance your body already produces to glue your cells together. The problem is that during the aging process, the body stops producing as much of this substance.

Restylane replaces some of the hyaluronic acid, restoring volume and decreasing lines and wrinkles in the process.

Restylane is non-animal-based and has been used for more than ten years in 65 countries. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural substance, no allergy testing is needed for Restylane injections.

Your Restylane Treatment

A topical anesthetic, as well as Lidocaine in syringe itself, can help to make the injections more comfortable for you. Depending on the number of areas you wish to treat, your Restylane injectable treatment will take only 15-30 minutes.  Please allow an hour for your office visit.

After Your Restylane Injections

Restylane facial filler lasts for 4-12 months. Two treatments can prolong the results tor as long as 1-1/2 years.

You can return to most all activities immediately, except we’ll ask you to avoid touching the treatment areas for six hours. After that, you can wash your face gently with soap and water. You will also be asked to avoid exercise for 48 hours.

As with most dermal fillers, you may experience some minor inflammation, tenderness, and bruising, but this should go away within a few days. You can prevent inflammation by using an extra pillow for the first couple of nights to elevate your head slightly. Cold compresses can also help if you experience any swelling around the injection areas.

Side effects include:

Initial reactions such as:

  • Localized swelling
  • Localized redness
  • Post-Injection site pain
  • Localized brusing
  • Hardening of tissue @ injection site
  • Localized itching

Delayed reactions such as:

  • Lumps and bumps formation
  • Potential for infection
  • Potential for tissue necrosis local and distal

Please do not take aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, or blood thinners for at least a week before your injections.  Please consult with your primary physician prior to discontinuing any medically prescribed medications.

 

Please avoid the following for 7-10 days before your appointment:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen/ Advil/ Motrin
  • Aleve/ Naproxen
  • Omega-3/ Fish Oil
  • Excedrin Products
  • Other: Ginseng/ Ginko Biloba/ Vitamin E/ Cinnamon/ Alcohol Ingestion

Note: Patients may want to consider taking Arnica Montana 3 days prior to their treatment.  Arnica Montana can be purchased at most health food stores.

Important:  Please notify us if you take any medications that cause you to bleed or bruise easily.  Consult with your primary physician prior to discontinuing any medically prescribed medication.

Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided 10 days before and 48 hours after Restylane.

In order to achieve the results you desire, we may recommend that you combine Restylane injections with other injectables such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Belotero, BOTOX, or Xeomin.

 

Contact us to learn how Restylane in St. Louis can help you look younger and feel better about your appearance.