Restylane Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bear in mind when considering a treatment?
First of all you should always contact a qualified Restylane practitioner to be assured that the treatment will be performed correctly. For your safety, be prepared to discuss your medical history during your pre-treatment consultation.
How long does a Restylane treatment last?
One of the great advantages of Restylane is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Duration depends on many factors, such as the individual’s skin type, lifestyle and age. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around every 6 to 12 months depending on the individual and the treatment. A treatment of the lips lasts about 6 months.
Can everybody use Restylane?
Most people can benefit from Restylane treatment. If you want to reduce lines and wrinkles or create more defined or fuller lips, Restylane can help. Also if you want to define the contours of your face, such as chin or cheek, or rejuvenate the skin in your face, on your hands, neck or décolletage, Restylane is a good option for you.
Restylane should not be used in or near areas where there is or has been skin disease, inflammation or related conditions. Restylane has not been tested in pregnant or breast-feeding women. Individuals with medical conditions that lower the body’s immune response or individuals undergoing therapy that is immunosuppressive may be more prone to infection by a skin injection procedure.
During your pre-treatment consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history with your practitioner.
Does Restylane treatment need pain relief?
Generally, pain relief is not necessary when injecting into the skin to correct wrinkles. Some people may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. A local anaesthetic cream can be applied to the area to avoid pain.
The lips are a highly sensitive part of the body and, therefore, anaesthesia is usually recommended before lip enhancement. This is achieved most effectively by using a dental block or local anaesthetic.
Some of the Restylane products are now also available with the local anaesthetic lidocaine included for a more comfortable treatment experience.
Are there any risks with Restylane?
More than 20 million treatments have been performed since the launch of Restylane in 1996. Product related reactions are rare. There are some injection related reactions which may occur after any injection; they typically resolve spontaneously a few days after injection to the skin, within a week after injection into the lips and within two weeks after injection with Restylane SubQ. These reactions include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site.
After a lip enhancement, your lips may be swollen for up to a week.
In case of more pronounced reactions or if they last longer than a week contact your practitioner.
As with all skin injection procedures, there is a small risk of infection. Local inflammatory reactions described as mild to moderate and usually self-limiting within 2 weeks have rarely been reported.
For full adverse event information please discuss with your practitioner.
What is the clinical experience behind Restylane?
Restylane is the world’s most tried and tested HA dermal filler available today. It is the benchmark for clinical excellence in its field. Its safety and effect are clinically proven and supported by extensive clinical data.
Restylane has been used for over 15 years and in more than 15 million treatments world wide. Research and development is continuous.
Are there different Restylane products?
Restylane consists of a range of different products tailored for your individual needs. Discuss with your practitioner during your pre-treatment consultation what products suits your needs best.
Who is qualified to give Restylane treatments?
Qualified health professionals, according to local law.
Who makes Restylane?
Restylane is developed and produced by Q-Med, a Galderma division in Uppsala, Sweden, and distributed all around the world. Galderma has continuous research and development programs where safety and quality are top priorities. Restylane has today been proven to be safe, effective and long lasting, which is supported with the experience of more than a decade of clinical use and over 20 million treatments worldwide.
Do I need to take a skin test?
No skin test is required; Restylane does not contain any animal-derived ingredients.
Can Restylane be used if I have had laser treatment or a chemical peel?
If you have recently had a laser or chemical peel treatment, it is recommended you wait until the area is totally healed and the skin is back to its normal condition. Consult your Restylane practitioner.
How is Restylane produced?
Q-Med has patented a unique technology, NASHA™, which stabilizes hyaluronic acid to make it long lasting, yet similar to the body’s own hyaluronic acid.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in the skin.