Restylane

Restylane skin treatments

Restylane injections are primarily used in lip augmentation, though the Food and Drug Administration now also approves the use of Restylane for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles and fine facial lines. It can also be used to "fill in" hollow cheeks and sunken eyes, when these conditions are caused by the natural aging process. Doctors sometimes use Restylane on acne scars as well, as the compound can fill in depressions or voids in skin structures; it is also becoming increasingly common to use Restylane for nasolabial improvements as well.

The Cost of Restylane Treatment

Restylane injections are quite affordable, costing about $300 to $500 each. Therapy needs to be repeated every six months or so; some clinics may offer long-term plans that offer a reduction on the per-treatment cost in exchange for committing to a sustained treatment program.

Patient Evaluation

If you're considering Restylane or Perlane, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist. Perlane is very similar to Restylane, except that it has larger gel particles, which makes it suitable for injection into deeper levels of the skin.

If you have any bleeding disorders, known allergies to gram-positive bacteria or the medications used to treat them, you should not use Restylane or Perlane. Instead, ask your doctor about alternative treatments to restore more youthful-looking skin. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use Restylane or Perlane.

The Restylane Injection Procedure

Your injection should be delivered by a licensed medical professional. The procedure is simple; the skin at the injection site will be sterilized, and the medication will be injected using a syringe. Discomfort is mild, and most patients do not need a local anesthetic. Results show up quickly, and treatment is given on an outpatient basis. Typically, you'll be in and out of the doctor's office in less than an hour.

Risks of Restylane Use

Swelling, bruising and skin irritation at the site of the injection can occur. Any redness or discomfort you experience will typically abate within a week; if it doesn't, you should consult your doctor. On rare occasions, small red bumps may appear; these are temporary and should go away on their own. If you have an active cold sore or a history of cold sores, Restylane use may trigger an outbreak.

Recovering from Restylane or Perlane Treatments

You may experience some swelling or discomfort; control these as directed by your doctor. Typically, you won't need to do anything more than wait it out with the help of over-the-counter pain medications.

Alternatives to Restylane

Lip augmentation surgery is an alternative to consider if you want thicker, fuller lips but don't want to use injections to achieve them for medical or other reasons. For wrinkles, you can also use Botox and collagen injections to achieve a smoother appearance, or use topical creams to smooth out lines. For long-lasting results, you might also want to consider facelift surgery; however, this is both the riskiest and most expensive alternative available to you.