Restylane Myths and Facts

Restylane is a non-surgical injected-type treatment that adds volume to the face and promises to reduce some of the signs of aging while giving a more youthful appearance. The main ingredient of Restylane is hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that is also in human skin that is capable of binding to water molecules to add volume. Before contemplating a Restylane procedure, it is useful to learn about the myths and facts.

Myth: There Are No Side Effects with Restylane

Fact: Although side effects are minimal, certain symptoms may occur. After a treatment, it is common for patients to experience some redness and swelling. Other side effects may include skin discoloration, some itching, mild pain and slight tenderness. These symptoms normally will resolve within one week.

Myth: No Consultation is Needed with Restylane

Fact: There should always be a clinical consultation before a treatment is performed, as every patient is different with different needs. The cosmetic surgeon will usually ask about the changes that are desired, the expectations, and will answer any questions. She should also provide further information about the procedure and helpful tips for maintaining healthy skin. This is a good time for patients to request information for after-treatment care.

Myth: Restylane Treatments Are Expensive

Fact: There are many other cosmetic procedures that are more costly that this one. The cost of this type of treatment will vary depending on the amount of area that needs to be treated. Usually if only one or two treatments are necessary, the range should be around $500. It is important to realize that if a cost is too little, one may need to wonder what is being left out to minimize the cost?

Myth: No Anesthesia Is Necessary with Restylane

Fact: Although fine needles are used, many cosmetic physicians may still offer some anesthesia to reduce discomfort. Anxiety levels may vary between patients. The physician will be happy to assess the individual's particular needs.

Myth: Restylane Does Not Produce Markings

Fact: Scarring is not a side effect of Restylane. This type of treatment only leaves tiny needle markings on the area of treatment. These small little marks usually disappear within one week.

Myth: Restylane Permanently Repairs Wrinkles

Fact: Results from this procedure are not permanent. Over time, the ingredient gets absorbed into the body and wears off. The duration and results of the treatment will vary depending on the area to be treated and the depth of the injection to be performed. It also depends on the technique that is selected.

Myth: Restylane Is Only for Eye and Cheek Areas

Fact: This ingredient is injected around the eye area, the lips, cheek, chin and jaw areas. The eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of aging, and it is a good area to focus on. As lips age, they can become less plump. Restylane can help to add volume to the lips. The face can become saggy and sink with age. This treatment can add volume to the cheeks resulting in a more youthful appearance. In addition, the chin and jaw areas can develop loose skin and sag. Restylane can create a smoother jaw line by adding volume.

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