Restylane® can be an excellent option for wrinkle reduction and lip enhancement. As one of the most effective and scientifically advanced dermal fillers available, Restylane can help you look younger by filling in areas that have become creased and sunken, as well as plump thin lips.
Just one of several nonsurgical aesthetic services available at The University of Kansas Health System, Restylane® can be administered by our experienced specialists to deliver natural-looking results.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the human body and provides firmness and volume to the skin. Your Restylane injections are tailored to address both the severity and location of your aesthetic concerns for optimal enhancement.
In the past, dermal fillers contained substances like collagen and were derived from animal sources, which required allergy testing before use. Because Restylane is formulated from hyaluronic acid, there is no need for allergy testing ahead of time.
Who can have Restylane?
The best candidates for getting Restylane are those who are in good general health and have realistic expectations about the results that are possible with injectable fillers. Restylane can help improve many common age-related appearance issues without plastic surgery, although the results are limited to aesthetic rather than structural concerns.
During your consultation, you and your aesthetic specialist can discuss your personal appearance goals to decide whether Restylane is right for you.
How does Restylane work?
Like other dermal fillers, Restylane is injected into areas of the face that show wrinkles, such as the cheek folds and lips. Because of its unique chemical structure, the molecules in Restylane® tend to bond with water as they break down, allowing the plumping effect to last for about 6 months – far longer than some other dermal fillers.
Restylane® comes in many different formulations, each variation designed to target specific areas of concern. During your consultation, our aesthetic team will listen to your cosmetic goals and help you determine which filler can achieve your ideal aesthetic most effectively.
Types of Restylane
Benefits and risks of Restylane
Restylane is FDA-approved for correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and facial folds. Additionally, patients 21 and over can use the filler to enhance the lips for a plumper and fuller look without the need for surgery. Depending on your concerns, Restylane can generally improve the following areas:
- Corners of the mouth
- Lip enhancement of the upper and lower lips
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
Possible risks of Restylane are similar to other injectable fillers, including short-term swelling, bruising or redness at the injection site. These side effects typically resolve on their own. You’ll learn more about the benefits and risks of Restylane during your consultation.
What happens during Restylane injections?
All Restylane fillers are generally administered in the same fashion. Using an ultra-fine needle, the gel will be precisely injected into the planned treatment areas until the desired outcome is achieved.
You may experience minor bruising or swelling at the injection sites immediately following the procedure, but there is usually no downtime. Depending on the nature of your concerns and the number of treatment areas, the entire process can take as little as 30 minutes.
Results from Restylane® are usually visible immediately and have been shown to last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year. Many people have touch-up treatments to prolong their results.