Restylane is a well-known brand of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers used in the treatment of facial wrinkles. Due to the possible side effects, it should be administered by a licensed practitioner.
The Restylane cost depends on the treatment area, the number of syringes needed, and the doctor’s fees. It’s usually sold by the syringe and its cost will likely not be covered by medical insurance since its administration is considered a cosmetic procedure.
What Areas Can It Treat?
The area that can be treated with the dermal filler depends on its type. Each type of Restylane is formulated with a specific purpose, thus:
* Restylane Silk is used for decreasing the wrinkles around the mouth and for lip augmentation
* Restylane Lyft provides more fullness and volume to the treatment area and, thus, it’s used on the cheek for augmentation purpose and in contouring the face. It may also be used on laugh lines.
* Restylane Refyne and Defyne are commonly used on wrinkles from the nose to the corners of the mouth (i.e., nasobial folds).
* Restylane is used for tear troughs, or the dark circles under the eyes, as well as for facial folds and wrinkles. It may also be used for lip augmentation.
Due to the different types of Restylane and their specific uses, you and your doctor will thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of each type in relation to your desired results.
Nearly every relatively healthy adult man and woman can get Restylane injections. Pre-screening, however, is necessary since there are people who shouldn’t have Restylane injected into their bodies.
These include people who have allergic reactions to bacterial protein; who have compromised immune systems; who are taking blood thinners; and who are pregnant or breastfeeding. People under 21 years old aren’t considered suitable candidates.
How Does It Work?
Restylane’s mechanism involves adding volume underneath the skin particularly in places where collagen loss has occurred. By adding more volume, it smoothens and lifts the skin resulting in a plumper appearance. It then contributes to a more youthful appearance with less fine lines and wrinkles.
The hyaluronic acid also attracts and retains water that, in turn, maintains the added volume.
How Is It Done?
Before undergoing the procedure, about two weeks beforehand, you should stop taking Vitamin E, aspirin, fish oil, ibuprofen, and St. John’s wort. The procedure is straightforward, too, which can be broken down into the following steps:
* Your doctor will choose and mark the incision sites, as well as apply antiseptic to clean the treatment area.
* Your doctor will then inject the necessary Restylane dose using an ultrafine needle.
There’s little to no downtime involved in the outpatient procedure. But swelling, redness, and bruising can happen but these are temporary (i.e., resolve in a week or so).