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What is Restylane®?
Restylane® is a temporary, injectable filler that is injected into the skin for facial contouring, lip augmentation and wrinkle correction.

What makes Restylane® different than other dermal fillers?
Restylane® is made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body to attract moisture and add cushioning. Unlike most injectable products, Restylane® is not made from animal products and does not require an allergy test prior to injection.

How is Restylane® different from Botox?
Restylane® is injected into the skin to decrease lines or add fullness. Botox is injected into the muscle to decrease muscle contraction. Both Restylane® and Botox are sometimes used simultaneously such as between the eyebrows, since decreasing muscle contraction with Botox will help the Restylane® to last longer.

How long do the effects of Restylane® last?
When injected properly, the effects of Restylane® last up to 6 months in the lips and in other parts of the face. On average, Restylane® lasts twice as long as collagen based fillers.

In what areas can Restylane® be used?
Restylane® can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles on the face such as between the eyebrows, on the forehead, the crow's feet, nasolabial folds (from lip to mouth), marionette lines, and lip lines. It can also be used to add definition to the border of the lip, or to fill in acne scars. Perlane is a thicker filler similar to Restylane® that can be used for facial contouring, such as cheek or lip augmentation.

What are the side effects of Restylane® injections?
It is normal after Restylane® treatments to have redness, swelling, pain or tenderness lasting for a few days. Restylane® is very safe, but in a small percentage of people, the temporary effects of redness, swelling, and tenderness can last for several weeks.

How long does the actual procedure take?
Depending on how many areas you have treated, the actual Restylane® injections may take 5 to 30 minutes.

Are Restylane® injections painful?
Restylane® does not contain an anesthetic (numbing medicine), so injections can be uncomfortable. Topical numbing creams or nerve blocks to numb the lips, for instance, are commonly used before Restylane® treatments to make the procedure more comfortable for you. Most people do not require an anesthetic for filling in of wrinkles with Restylane® injections.

How long before I can go back to work after Restylane® treatments?
Most people can return to work immediately after Restylane® treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have Restylane® injections in your lips, swelling usually lasts for several days, and sometime.

Can you do other facial procedures with Restylane®?
Yes, Restylane® is often combined with Botox, intense pulsed light, or other in-office treatments requiring litle or no recovery time. Restylane® injections can also be performed in conjunction with surgical procedures such as eyelid surgery or face lift surgery.

What can i do to prepare for Restylane® injections?
It is best if you stop aspirin, vitamin E, and anti-inflammtory medications such as Advil, Motrin, or Ibuprofen, as these can increase your risk of bruising and bleeding. If you have a history of cold sores around your mouth and wish to have injections in that area, talk to your skincare specialist about a prescription for anti-viral medication.

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