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Restylane® Risks and Benefits


Restylane® offers many benefits and has a very low risk of complications. Though Restylane® has side effects that are similar to other injectables, such as redness or inflammation at the injection site, it also has the advantage of being generally less expensive, with results that can last up to twice as long.

Restylane® Benefits

Restylane® offers patients a wide range of benefits, including a more youthful appearance. Restylane® can be used to fill minor to moderate lines and wrinkles and is especially effective around the eyes, nose, and mouth. When used as a lip enhancement product, it can lend volume and definition to lips, producing a sensual, more pronounced pout. Because the hyaluronic acid utilized is not derived from animal tissue, Restylane® does not create complications for those with animal allergies and tends to be more comfortable than alternative filler products that use animal tissue. Perhaps most importantly, the results of Restylane® treatments are completely natural looking and long lasting. The cost of Restylane® is also affordable, though there are options available for those who wish to finance their Restylane® cosmetic procedure.

In the time it takes you to shower, your plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist can make you look years younger with Restylane® injections. Many patients undergo the Restylane® treatment process during their lunch hour and are able to return to work immediately after the procedure with a youthful glow. Patients and doctors praise Restylane® for its low risk of side effects, and since each subsequent treatment lasts longer than the previous one, regularly scheduled appointments can help you maintain your results for years to come.

Possible Restylane® Side Effects and Complications

Based on thousands of clinical applications, Restylane®-related complications have a very low rate of occurrence. Some common, but not severe, Restylane® side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness, itching, slight bruising, and other minor discomfort at the injection site, but these side effects tend to disappear within days or hours of the procedure. Additionally, for those receiving Restylane® injections in their lips, it is common to experience swelling. Because hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, there is little chance of an allergic reaction or of the body rejecting Restylane® injections. Moreover, people with allergies to animal products do not have to worry about Restylane® complications due to an allergic reaction and no pre-test is required.

General Health Concerns

Though Restylane® has been available and readily used in Europe since the early 1990s, it wasn’t approved by the FDA for use in the United States until 2003. As such, though there have been thousands of application-related studies, Restylane® related complications and side effects have not been evaluated for those who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Prone to keloid formation (overgrown scars that appear at the site of a healed skin injury)
  • Prone to hypertrophic scarring (scars that appear as raised red lines at the site of a healed skin injury)

In addition, care should be taken to avoid excessive heat and sunlight following a Restylane® treatment. Also, those considering a laser treatment or chemical peel after receiving Restylane® injections or who have had a laser treatment or chemical peel and have not completely healed should be advised that there is a potential risk of inflammation at the injection site.

For those who are in good health, Restylane® is a quick and cost effective way to plump lips and remove fine lines and wrinkles from the face. It is safe, with a very low risk of complications or side effects. Your plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist can help you decide if you are a good candidate for Restylane® injections, and will address any additional concerns you might have.

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