How to Prepare for Restylane

Restylane injections have been used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and enhance facial features since 1996. In 2003, Restylane was approved by the FDA for use in the USA. Restylane is safe to use as a dermal filler because it is manufactured without use of any animal protein. The lack of animal proteins makes Restylane non-allergenic for the majority of people. The procedure is fast (about 30 minutes), needs only local anesthetic, if any at all, and side effects are minimal. You will be able to see results in about a week.

In order to get ready for Restylane injections, you will need to:

Find a Doctor

You need to find a reputable doctor who has experience performing the procedure. At the first meeting, you need to discuss your goals concerning your appearance and figure out if you are a good candidate for Restalyne treatment. You also need to let your doctor know your medical history, because some conditions are counter indicative for Restylane treatments.

Stop Using Certain Medications

Some medications can increase the possibility of bruising and bleeding, so they need to be stopped at least 10 days before the procedure. Examples of such medications are blood thinners, aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen and naproxen), St. John Wart and vitamin E. You need to let your doctor know what medications you are currently taking, both prescription and over the counter, so he can advise on the best course of action.

It is important that your doctor listens attentively to your concerns and that you trust your doctor with your treatment. Sometimes it is more beneficial to use other options besides Restylane, and your doctor should be able to suggest those treatments to you.

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