Restylane® Injections
Q.   What is Restylane®?
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Restylane® is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.

Q.   What is Restylane® made of?
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Restylane® is the only cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the human body. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is a crystal-clear gel called NASHA™ or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.

Q.   Where can Restylane® be used?
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Restylane® has been used in more than one million treatments in over 60 countries to correct a variety of wrinkles and to enhance the appearance of the lip border. It is currently approved in the U.S. for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, which are the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Q.   How long does it last?
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Clinical studies have shown the average Restylane treatment results can last six months or even longer. The unique NASHA™ technology helps maintain the cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone.

Restylane is proven to deliver a longer lasting effect than traditional collagen, so treatments are typically scheduled twice a year. (Individual results may vary.)
Q.   What can I expect?
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Restylane® does not require any pretesting but you should take a few precautions before being treated. You should avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, St. John's Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements for one week prior to treatment because they may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence.

Restylane® is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultra-fine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient and results are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, your physician may decide to numb the treatment area.
Q.   Is Restylane® safe?
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This innovative treatment has been approved in the U.S. for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds.

Restylane® has a highly favorable safety profile. It's composed of Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA™) a substance found naturally in the human body. Restylane is fully biocompatible. There is virtually no risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction, so no allergy testing is required before use.

Based on clinical studies, Restylane treatments produce a very low occurrence of adverse events. The most commonly reported side effects were temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These effects typically resolve within two to three days.
Q.   How is Restylane® different from Botox®?
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Restylane® is a natural, cosmetic filler. Botox is a drug that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes the underlying muscles. Many patients have been very pleased after receiving treatment with both products.

Q.   How is Restylane® different than other hyaluronic acid-based products?
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Unlike other hyaluronic acid-based products, such as those made from rooster combs, only Restylane® is non-animal based. This quality virtually eliminates any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.

Q.   How is Restylane® is different from bovine collagen?
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Restylane® is proven to deliver a longer lasting effect than traditional collagen with virtually no risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. Bovine collagen is derived from cowhide and requires an allergy test. Restylane can be administered without pretesting, so no waiting is required.

In a simple procedure, Restylane® is injected directly into mid-to-deep dermis for the lasting correction of facial wrinkles and folds. Results from a typical Restylane treatment have been documented to last six months or even longer. However, individual results may vary.
Q.   How much do Restylane® treatments cost?
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Restylane® is a customized procedure based on your specific needs, so the cost will vary from patient to patient. In general, the cost of Restylane® is comparable to the cost of similar procedures. Because Restylane® is longer lasting, it proves to be very economical over the long term.
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