Restylane ® is one of the newest injectable, non-surgical facial treatments designed to slow and hide the effects of aging. Restylane® filler injections are composed of a clear hyaluronic acid-based gel that not only fills in lines and wrinkles in the face, but also adds moisture and lubrication to the skin, making it feel younger and more comfortable. To learn more about Restylane®, including the cost, benefits, and possible complications, please read the sections below.
What is Restylane®?
Restylane ® is a clear, non-animal-based, biodegradable gel that is composed of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body. Originally developed in Sweden, Restylane® filler injections are now marketed in the United States by Medicis, a leading pharmaceutical company that offers a wide range of other skin treatments. Restylane® is created from tissue cultivated in a laboratory, and is an excellent alternative to other fillers such as collagen and Hylaform®, which are both derived from animal products.
Candidates for Restylane® Treatment
Restylane® requires only a few injections and no incisions or removal of tissue, so the risk of complications is quite low. That in turn means that almost anyone who would like to reduce the prominence of their facial lines and wrinkles can be a candidate for Restylane® treatments. Those allergic to avian-based hyaluronic acid treatments can safely use Restylane®, since it is derived from bacterial origins. Those with a history of allergy to bacterial protein, though, should not use the product.
Restylane® Cost and Financing Information
Compared to more invasive cosmetic surgery procedures, Restylane® injections are very affordable. The average cost of Restylane® treatments in the United States is a little over $500. The total cost may be somewhat higher depending on how many treatments are required to give the patient the desired result.
Types of Restylane® Fillers
Restylane® treatments come in a few different forms, each of which is designed to treat specialized problems. All forms of the gel are based on the same kind of hyaluronic acid, but the sizes of the particles within them differ from one to the next. Restylane® Touch has small particles and is used in the thin upper layers of the skin to fill in fine creases and age lines. Deeper lines can be treated with Restylane® Perlane injections, which can also be used to add volume to features like the chin and cheeks. Even greater contour changing possibilities are available with Restylane® SubQ, containing the largest particles sold. Restylane® without any other word attached is the default version with intermediate-sized particles; this type of Restylane® can be used as a lip filler or for the treatment of wrinkles.
The Restylane® Treatment Process
Restylane ® treatment is attractive in part because it is so fast and easy. The patient receives the injections in the doctor’s office and generally does not require any anesthesia (one exception: Restylane® lip filler treatment is usually accompanied by a local anesthetic). The injections are applied over the course of 10 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how large the area to be treated is. Once the gel has been administered, the session is over and the patient is free to return to normal activities.
Risks and Benefits of Restylane® Injections
The benefits of Restylane® are easy to see: the treatment is fast, minimally painful, and easy to recover from. Furthermore, the results last for months, and the biocompatible nature of the hyaluronic acid in the formula eliminates the need for allergy tests. There is a very small risk of side effects from Restylane® such as contracting an animal-based disease or having an allergic reaction to the bacterial proteins in the gel.
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Contact a Plastic Surgeon in Your Area
If you’re considering Restylane® or Restylane® Fine Lines hyaluronic acid treatments to give your face a younger, fresher look and feeling, or if you would like to find out more about the cost of Restylane® injections and the benefits and possible complications of treatment with dermal fillers, find an experienced cosmetic doctor in your area today and schedule a consultation to discuss your options.