As skin ages, it loses some of its collagen and fat and so the skin becomes wrinkled and lined. Dermal fillers, such as Restylane, are injected into the skin in areas which need to be plumped up and made firmer. Restylane is also used as a lip enhancement to shape lips.
There are several types of Restylane, which have different particle sizes and are used to treat different sizes of lines, wrinkles and folds.
Restylane Touch – is used for very fine lines and is injected just below the epidermis.
Restylane – for moderate facial wrinkles. Injected in the middle dermis layers.
Perlane – for deeper folds and wrinkles. Injected into the deeper dermis.
Which areas can be treated?
The most common use for dermal fillers is to increase the size and volume of lips. Other uses are: the glabellar lines between the eyebrows; the nasolabial lines running from the root of the nose to the edge of the mouth; lines around the lips and filling out deep acne scars.
How is the treatment carried out?
A full and detailed consultation will be undertaken and the treatment will be discussed to ensure that expectations and results are in line with each other. Unlike some dermal fillers, Restylane is not derived from animals and so a test patch is not required. Therefore treatment can start immediately.
The area will be wiped with an antiseptic and, if required, an anaesthetic cream can be applied. For lip injections, a local anaesthetic injection may be given. The course of injections will last between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the areas being treated.
How long does it last?
Restylane is a temporary dermal filler and follow up sessions are usually needed every 6 to 12 months. As the treatment is temporary, the patient is always in control – and can change, augment or modify the treatment at any time.
Are there any side effects?
Since its introduction in 1996, over 1.5 million Restylane injections have been performed and serious side effects have been extremely rare.
In the short term, there may be slight bleeding, swelling or redness as a result of the injections, although most people are able to go straight back to work after their treatment.
Other types of reactions are very rare, but about 1 in 2,000 treated patients have experienced localized reactions thought to be of a hypersensitivity nature. These have usually consisted of swelling at the implant site, sometimes affecting the surrounding tissues. Redness, tenderness and, very rarely, acne-like formations have also been reported. These reactions have either started a few days after injection or after a delay of two to four weeks, and have generally been described as mild to moderate and self-limiting with an average duration of two weeks.
The treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.