Wrinkle Filler – Restylane-L
Restylane-L is a clear gel filler that adds volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds or add fullness to your lips, providing natural results with just one treatment.
Restylane-L – Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Restylane-L?
Restylane-L is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to instantly, visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds or add fullness to your lips.
2. What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance found in your skin. As you age, you start to lose hyaluronic acid which causes the skin to lose structure and volume, contributing to the formation of wrinkles and folds.
3. How does Restylane-L work?
Restylane-L rejuvenates and adds volume to the skin by replenishing the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid. This instantly diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, giving a natural softer look.
4. What areas can be treated with Restylane-L?
Restylane-L can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, and rejuvenate the skin.
The most common areas treated are:
- nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)
- between the eyebrows (the glabella lines)
- lips (adding volume and shape)
- cheeks and chin (shaping and contouring)
5. How soon can I expect to see results?
You can see results immediately although there is typically some swelling around the filler initially and this can take a few days to resolve and see the final result.
6. How long does it last?
Restylane-L typically lasts 6 months but this can vary from person to person.
7. How is the treatment performed?
Dr. Cone or Lisa Butler, RN will perform an initial consultation with you and review your medical history. If Restylane-L is determined to be right for you, a topical numbing ointment will be applied to the treatment areas for 10 minutes. If lips are being treated, a dental block is recommended to minimize discomfort since the lips are highly sensitive. Restylane-L will then be injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle and ice will be applied.
8. Is it safe?
Restylane is the most extensively studied and documented hyaluronic acid based dermal filler in the world with comprehensive studies that support its safety and efficacy. Restylane has been used in over 20 million treatments worldwide since its launch in 1996.
9. What are the potential side effects?
After treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. These are typically mild in severity and normally last less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36 years, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years.
10. What should you do prior to treatment?
Restylane requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using St. John’s Wort, high doses of Vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen 5 days prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with Dr. Cone or Lisa Butler, RN. An antiviral medication may be prescribed to prevent recurrences.