What is Restylane?

As we get older, our faces lose volume, resulting in fine wrinkles around the mouth, nose and cheeks. Restylane is an injectable hyaluronic acid that restores the face’s natural contours. A hyaluronic acid dermal filler, Restylane is an injectable product approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Restylane is a cohesive substance developed for the correction of facial wrinkles and folds.

Compared to the original Restylane, Restylane Silk is softer and thinner in consistency and approach, and was created specifically for the treatment of the lip and lip lines that can come with age and smoking. Restylane Silk also contains anesthetic lidocaine, which minimizes discomfort during the procedure.

On the thicker side is Restlyane Lyft, is specifically designed to treat mid-face volume loss. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a naturally safe and noninvasive procedure and have been used for more than a decade to treat facial folds and wrinkles. Restylane Lyft is FDA approved for use in the cheeks and results in giving the face a more natural lifted appearance as well as improving the nasolabial folds in the middle of the face by lifting the cheeks laterally.

The Procedure

On the day of your appointment, Dr. Janiga will apply a topical numbing medication to the desired treatment area. Once the medication has set for at least 30 minutes, the treatment will begin.

All Restylane fillers must be injected under the skin. There is a mild amount of discomfort associated with the procedure, but usually this is mitigated by the topical medication as well as the anesthetic lidocaine found within the solution.
The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.

Recovery & Results

A small amount of bruising may last from three to ten days depending on the individual’s healing rate. There will be some redness and swelling for two to three days. Mild discomfort may remain in the area for a day or two and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers.

The risk of bruising can be decreased by avoiding blood-thinning medications for two weeks prior to your treatment. If you are prescribed a blood thinner, please do not stop taking them without first discussing it with the doctor who prescribed them.

If desired, applying a cool compress to swollen areas may reduce swelling and physical discomfort. Avoid, rubbing, picking, squeezing or manipulating the skin or filler underneath. Also, try to avoid vigorous exercise or activities for at least 48 hours after your procedure.

Restylane treatment results last between six to twelve months depending on the area it is placed.

Schedule a Consultation

To set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Janiga to discuss Restylane in our Reno/Tahoe dermatology and cosmetic surgery office, schedule a consultation online or call 775-364-0224.