Restylane is a brand of dermal fillers that uses hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin and smooth our wrinkles. Instead of stopping muscle contraction, these fill in spaces to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Other popular brands of dermal fillers include RHA, Belotero, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
What are Restylane dermal fillers?Several companies create and provide dermal fillers, and Restylane is one of the premier brands. Restylane is an FDA-approved dermal filler made primarily with hyaluronic acid. It appears as a clear gel, and when injected, Restylane can add extra fullness and volume. It can also enhance the body’s hyaluronic production. We use Restylane, along with other fillers, to address specific wrinkles, giving a younger appearance. This filler targets medium to severe-depth wrinkles at the dermal layer, specifically:
- Nasolabial folds or smile lines (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth)
- Marionette Lines (the lines that start from the mouth to the chin)
- And the corners of your mouth (small wrinkles that spread out when you smile or laugh)
No one size fits all: The different brands of Restylane.There are a few different Restylane products you should know. Restylane is the original dermal filler that specifically targets nasolabial folds. The original formulation also helps to plump up the lips.
Restylane RefyneRestylane Refyne specifically targets laugh lines. It contains the same components as Restylane-L but includes its proprietory XpresHAn Technology.™ This improves the consistency and application of the gel, giving a soft, natural look quickly.
Restylane DefyneSometimes, our Nasolabial folds and Marionette lines can extend beyond the nose and mouth to the chin. Severe wrinkling can also cause your chin to appear shrunken or retracted. Restylane Defyne focuses on the lower face and can significantly improve wrinkles and augment the chin. When patients use Defyne, there’s an over 90% satisfaction rate with the chin augmentation.
Smoother hands with Restylane LyftWe don’t only lose volume and develop wrinkles in our faces. Our hands also suffer from the effects of aging and the environment. They can look weathered, veiny, and lose their luster. Restylane Lyft is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler for your face and the back of the hands. With targeted filler injections, you can reduce the wrinkles on the back of the hands, giving a younger appearance. Your dermatologist can also use Restylane Lyft on your face, addressing wrinkles and laugh lines.
Lip fillers with Restylane KysseRestylane Kysse is the latest product and was FDA-approved in May 2020. It’s a lip filler designed to improve your lips’ volume, texture, and even color. Restylane Kysse lasts for one year and is in high demand. Its XpresHAn Technology.™ focuses on natural-looking lips during different expressions, and you’ll see results with less filler when compared to the competitors.
What to expect before, during, and after Restylane fillersAll geared up for your filler appointment? Your injection specialist will make sure that the process is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Restylane procedures often start with an initial consultation. It’s here you get to discuss any problem areas, learn about the benefits, and address any concerns or reservations. Your injection specialist will want a detailed account of your medical history and current medications. If you’re generally healthy with no known severe allergies, you’re a good candidate! To be on the safe side, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should delay the injectable. If you have skin sores, cysts, rashes, or other skin infections, address these first before trying fillers. We will mark off the problem areas, discuss the type of Restylane, the units needed, then schedule the procedure.
During the procedureIn the week leading up to your appointment, you should avoid drinking alcohol, which can delay healing. Your Restylane appointment should take about 30 minutes, and it’s common to schedule it during lunch hours. Your dermatologist might provide a numbing agent. However, it’s common for brands like Restylane to contain the numbing agent Lidocaine, mixed into the filler substance. Based on the areas addressed, your dermatologist injects one or more syringes of filler into your skin.
After your Restylane treatmentOnce the Restylane is in place, the dermatologist will keep you for a few minutes to make sure there are no immediate reactions. There will be some light bleeding, bruising, and swelling. The filler may take up to two weeks to settle. At this point, you’ll see significant differences in your wrinkles, folds, and appearance. Your job for the next two weeks is to manage any possible side effects. Over several months, the filler will gradually dissipate. You’ll want to schedule a follow-up appointment at least 4 to 6 months after treatment.
Potential side effects and aftercareWith any medical procedure, there are some risks and potential side effects. Restylane has some minor side effects, which, of course, depend on how it’s administered. After your filler session, it’s common to experience bruising and swelling in the injection area. Redness and tenderness can also happen. These side effects typically last a few days. However, there are cases where the side effects extend to 2 weeks. In rare instances, serious side effects include:
- Injection site scabbing
- Hardness/Nodule formation
- Reoccurrence of cold sores
- Avoid picking, scratching, or rubbing the injected areas.
- Use ice packs to manage bruising and swelling, particularly in the first week after treatment.
- Avoid other facial procedures (chemical peels, microneedling, etc.) for at least 24 hours after Restylane.
- Take aspirin as needed.
- Avoid exposure to the sun for at least one week or until the swelling has stopped.