Restylane injections are made up of a natural cosmetic clear gel dermal filler which uses NASHA (non-animal stabilized Hyaluronic acid). It was FDA Approved to correct and restore fullness to areas where collagen and elastin have depleted.
The most common area of treatment is the nasolabial folds which are the deep creases that form parenthesis around the corners of the mouth. Unlike rooster derived Hyaluronic acid or bovine derived collagen products, Restylane is free of animal proteins limiting the risk of animal-based disease transmission or the body rejecting the injection causing an allergic reaction.
Patients receiving any injectable should expect to go through an extensive medical history consultation process prior to the procedure. This is also the time to discuss expectations of the client and the medical provider. During this consultation patients should divulge allergies as well as any vitamins or medications they are taking. Prior to injections patients should avoid using aspirin, non¬steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of vitamin E. These may increase the risk of edema or bleeding that the injection site.
During treatment the area will be cleansed removing all makeup. The medical provider may opt to topically anesthetize the injection sites for client comfort but it is not necessary. Restylane® will then be injected under the skin with an ultra fine needle for minimal discomfort.
Results are immediate and some side effects of the procedure include inflammation and erythema that could last up to seven days. Patients will need to return for additional injections in about six months.
Restylane Injections: Contraindications or Considerations
- Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Patients with an allergic reaction to gram-positive bacterial proteins
- Patients with a susceptibility to hypertrophic scarring-characterized by a red bump that does not exceed the boundaries of the damaged tissue and usually fades over time or keloid formation—scars that can continue to grow beyond scar boundaries into benign tumors .
- Laser or chemical peel patients after treatment with Restylane® could experience inflammatory conditions.