Restylane, a dermal filler used for facial corrections, was approved by the FDA in 2003. Restylane differs from other fillers of the same kind, because it does not have any animal or bird proteins and is made with bacteria proteins only. This makes Restalane allergy-free for the majority of people.
As with any medical procedure, you need to discuss your goals with your doctor and be comfortable with all treatments she suggests. It is also helpful to have reasonable expectations of what can and can't be achieved with Restylane injections.
Restylane is effectively used in dealing with the following areas:
- Forehead: wrinkles such as worry and frown lines
- Eyes: periorbital lines ("crow's lines"), tears troughs (hollow circles under the eyes) and brow lifts
- Mouth and nose area: folds such as nasolabial folds, smile lines and marionette lines
- Lips: filling lips and creating lip line definition (lip augmentation)
- Cheeks and chin: facial contours, such as filling chin and cheeks (cheek and chin augmentation)
Less frequent uses include treating hands and the neck. Restylane injections are not recommended for breast augmentation or any correction of a larger body area.