Restylane adds volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles. This revolutionary product can also add fullness and definition to the lips. Restylane works immediately adding volume and smoothing wrinkles for a naturally beautiful effect.


How Long Will My Restylane Last?

Patients see immediate improvement with Restylane.  The results depend on what part of the face is treated.  Restylane in the lips usually lasts an average of 6 – 8 months while Restylane in the nasolabial folds and in the tear trough region lasts up to 10 months.  The length of time that the filler lasts depends on how much muscle and skin movement there is in the area treated.  For instance, in the lips, where the mouth moves often, the Restylane is absorbed much quicker than in area like a scar that does not undergo much motion.


How Much Restylane Will I Need?

Restylane is really effective at diminishing fine lines, wrinkles and folds around the mouth and lips as well as those under the eyes.  One of the most popular areas that Restylane is in the lips to give more volume.  With aging, the lips lose volume and fine lines and wrinkles.  In other patients, they may simply be born with thin lips.  In either case, Restylane has become one of the most popular lip fillers on the market.  The amount needed is dependent on how much volume is restored.  Dr. Blackledge likes to start with one syringe to get conservative improvement and then add on subsequent visits if the patient wants more correction.


Side Effects of Restylane

The most common side effect with Restylane is redness and swelling which is mild and subsides in one to two days.  There is no need for allergy testing with Restylane as it is composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar found in our bodies.  Therefore, it is highly unlikely that patients will have an allergic reaction to Restylane.  Occasionally, patients will have mild bruising at the injection site that is easily camouflaged with correction makeup.


What Can I Do To Minimize Bruising?

Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Advil are all anti-inflammatory agents that thin the blood and can promote bruising.  In addition anything herbal, red wine and homeopathic medications can do the same.  To minimize bruising, it’s advisable to avoid these products for ten days prior to treatment.  To find out more about what medications you are presently taking and their potential for bruising, please contact our office.