Restylane is a synthetic form of the natural filler material "hyaluronic acid" which resembles collagen and is found in skin tissue. Because Restylane is a pure synthetic product it does not require allergy skin testing as with collagen. Restylane lasts twice as long as collagen and gives the same results as with collagen. Restylane has been used for many years on millions of people and it is FDA approved for the treatment of wrinkles. For patients who are committed to long term maintenance, Restylane is a more cost effective treatment as it lasts longer than collagen but costs only slightly more
Restylane can correct virtually any type of wrinkle. Most commonly treated areas are the nasolabial lines, the lines around the lips, and the oral commissure lines. Depending on the deepness and location of the wrinkles, the doctor will decide what type of collagen or Restylane would be best for you. Restylane can also be used on the lips to give them a fuller more attractive appearance
Acne scars , and a variety of other skin conditions can also benefit from Restylane treatment. Acne scars are also generally treated with a variety of other treatments such as laser, and microdermabrasion in order to get the very best results
Depending on how many wrinkles you need to have corrected, most Restylane injections take about 15-30 minutes. There is a slight pain with every injection but you can use a numbing cream prior to the treatment to make the injections more comfortable. You will have a small amount of redness and swelling around the injection sites, but that will resolve within a few hours. Your skin may be slightly sensitive for 1-2 days, but you can generally resume all regular activities.
Restylane does not require an allergy skin test as it is a pure.