What is Restylane?
Restylane, like Juvederm, is a hyaluronic acid compound that is used to fill volume loss, creases, and defects of the lower face. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of collagen in the dermis and is injected into the dermis to cause a filling effect. Because hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000x its weight in water, the replacement of hyaluronic acid into the dermis is an excellent way to get a plumper, fuller look in lines and creases.
Restylane and its thicker counterpart, Perlane, are made by Medicis.
How long does Restylane last?
It can last 6-12 months. In general, both of these compounds last an average of 9 months.
Where is Restylane used?
Restylane, as well as its cousin, Juvederm, are used for:
- Nasolabial folds (“smile lines”)
- Marionette lines
- Tear troughs
- Periorbital areas (“crows feet”)
- Nose (“non-surgical nose job”)
Is Restylane painful?
The compound has lidocaine mixed in, so that the injections are more comfortable. However, even with this lidocaine, it is still advisable to place numbing cream on the areas to be injected, or even better, use a dental block to get the areas numb prior to injection.
To read more about hyaluronic acid injectables, visit our dermal fillers page.
To read more about Juvederm XC, click here.
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