What is Restylane?

In simple terms, Restylane is an injectable pharmaceutical used as a “filler.” It is injected into the skin to replace Hyaluronic Acid (a natural substance in the skin that dissipates over time). Medicis Aesthetics has three different types of Hyaluronic Acid replacement fillers, Restylane, Restylane Fine Lines, and Perlane. Each of the three gels has a different consistency and each works best for a different type of wrinkle. The FDA has not yet approved Restylane Fine Lines for use as a fine line filler.

How does Restylane work?

Your skin is made of two layers, with supporting columns holding them apart. The area in-between includes the clear-jelly like substance Hyaluronic Acid. While we are young, we have Hyaluronic acid is in abundance. As we grow older, the acid between these layers diminishes, and the skin caves in somewhat, causing a wrinkle. The wrinkle would be gone if you filled the skin beneath with the Hyaluronic Acid and that's where Restylane come in. It is used to replace the Hyaluronic Acid.

The Restylane is injected into the skin, with a very thin needle, in the area of the wrinkle. It replaces the Hyaluronic Acid and restores the natural volumes underneath the wrinkle. The wrinkle is lifted up and smoothed out. All of this takes about 30 minutes, leaves no marks or scars, and the results can be seen immediately.

Depending on the results you'd like, you can discuss maintenance with your doctor and the appropriate period between injections. Follow up injections typically need less Restylane to achieve the desired result. Time between injections is typically 6 to 12 months.

For more information visit the Restylane website.

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