WHAT IS RESTYLANE?
Restylane is a unique form of non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a polymerized sugar molecule that is embedded around collagen fibers in our skin. Because we have the identical molecule in our own skin, allergic reactions are very infrequent. As a result of further purification of Restylane of its bacterial source, allergic or immune reactions toward it are almost unheard of as of late. Restylane is made in Sweden. FDA approved it for cosmetic use in the United States in 2003.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY TREATMENT?
After placement, slight redness and swelling is expected for the following few hours. The most common side effect is bruising, which can be minimized by avoiding aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and the like prior to the treatment. Fish oil supplement, garlic, and gingko can also make a patient prone to bruising. When the lips are injected, noticeable swelling will last for two to three days, but under the eyes the swelling is not usually bothersome.
ARE RESTYLANE INJECTIONS PAINFUL?
Since the lower eyelid skin is very thin and permeable to chemicals, the site can be practically fully numbed using a topical numbing gel. Most people find the injections relatively painless.
ARE RESTYLANE TREATMENTS SAFE?
Yes, Healthcare providers have injected millions of syringes of Restylane since the 1990s. Similar to any other filler material, there is a very small chance of major blood vessel occlusion. Vascular occlusion is extremely rare. 50% of the reported cases of vascular occlusion across the earth have been due to fat injection. Fat injections requires a much larger bore needle than Restylane, and faster, bolus-like injection.