Health & Medicine: Restylane® – The Latest Advancement In Wrinkle Reduction

What is Restylane and how does it work?
Restylane is safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, providing a smoother contour to the face.

How long does Restylane last?
The effect of the treatment lasts an average of six months.

Can Restylane be used anywhere on the face?
Although Restylane has been used primarily in Europe and Canada to smooth wrinkles and deep facial folds and to enhance the appearance and fullness of lips, in the U.S. it is currently indicated only for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds.

How is Restylane administered?
Restylane is injected into the skin in tiny amounts using an ultrafine needle. It is prepackaged in a disposable glass syringe with a sterilized needle. After the injection, your physician may gentle massage your skin to optimize contouring. It is a simple and convenient procedure and results are practically instantaneous.

Do Restylane injections hurt?
Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, your physician may anesthetize the treatment area.

Are there any side effects?
As with any injection, some common injection related reactions might occur. The most common side effect are temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These typically resolve within two to three days.

Is Restylane approved by the FDA?
Yes. Restylane is FDA approved for use in the U.S.

What is Restylane made of?
Restylane is the first and only cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a crystal clear gel called NASHA or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is biodegradable and completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid. Unlike other hyaluronic acid-based products, such as those made from rooster combs, only Restylane is non-animal based. This quality virtually eliminates any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.

How is Restylane different from Botox®?
Restylane is natural cosmetic filler. In contrast, Botox is a drug that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes the underlying muscles. Many patients have been very pleased after receiving treatment with both products.

How is Restylane different from bovine collagen?
Restylane is proven to deliver a longer-lasting effect than traditional collagen, with virtually no risk of animal-based transmission or allergic reaction. In addition, bovine collagen is derived from animals (cow) and requires an allergy test. Because Restylane is non-animal-based, it can be administered without testing, so no waiting is required.

What should patients do prior to treatment?
Patients should avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week prior to treatment. This will help to minimize any bruising or bleeding at the injection site.

How much does Restylane cost?
Restylane treatments are customized procedures based on specific individual needs, so the costs will vary from patient to patient. In general, the cost of Restylane is comparable to the cost of similar procedures. Because Restylane is longer-lasting, it proves to be very economical over the long term.

Dr. Veloudios is a fellow of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), one of the only approximately 400 surgeons nationally who has received certification for this sub-specialty of ophthalmology. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S), and has published numerous journal articles on various topics in her subspecialty. Dr. Veloudios is an attending surgeon at Cooper University Medical Center, Virtua Memorial Hospital, The Wills Eye Surgical Center and Lourdes Rancocas Hospital.