Restylane treatments are used to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and facial folds, as well as enhance facial features (lips, chicks, and chin). Restylane (hyaluronic acid) was approved by the FDA in 2003, and it is the only product on the market which does not contain any animal proteins. Since Restylane does not contain animal products, it is usually very safe to use. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some restrictions in using Restylane.
The best candidates for Restylane injections are those who are concerned with their facial appearance and want to correct it. They also:
- are over 18 years old (since development of facial structures is not finished before that age)
- are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- are not prone to excessive scar formation after skin injuries, either keloid (overgrown scars) or hypertrophic (raised red scars)
In addition, the ideal candidates don't have the following disorders:
- blood disorders, such as hemophilia
- acute inflammation on the face, such as rush, pimples, etc.
- history of allergic reactions to bacterial proteins
Before deciding to undergo a Restylane treatment, you should clearly understand the procedure, its limitations and the risks associated with it.