Restylane is used as a cosmetic dermal filler. The main benefit of Restylane is its close proximity to a natural component of the human body called hyaluronic acid. Restylane was approved by the FDA in 2003, and more than 1.2 million treatments were performed in the USA in 2009 alone. Since Restylane is made with the use of bacteria proteins only and does not have any animal proteins, it is safe to use and rarely, if ever, causes any allergic reactions.
Restylane is used to treat the following conditions:
- wrinkles, such as worry lines, frown lines and "crow's feet" (periorbital wrinkles)
- dark circles under the eyes (tear troughs)
- folds, such as nasolabial ones (lines from you nose to corners of your mouth) and smile lines
- thin lips (includes lip filling and defining of lip contours)
- chin and cheeks, including volume augmentation
- acne scars
Restylane injections fill the area under the skin and create a smoother and/or fuller appearance. Injections are performed by a very thin needle and the amount of Restylane needed is defined by the area to be treated and effect to be achieved. Treatments don't last longer than 30 minutes and only local anesthesia is used as needed or desired.
Though Restylane treatment is considered relatively safe for the majority of people, there are certain risks involved. It is important to discuss the treatment with your doctor and tell him all about your health problems and any medications you are taking.