Restylane Unmasked: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About the Cosmetic Filler
If you’ve kept up with pop-culture or beauty trends at all in the past few years then you know that “Kylie Jenner lips” are a thing. A really big thing. The Instagram and reality-TV star’s noticeably plumper lips took us all by storm back in 2015, and they inadvertently helped bring the quest for perfection through the use of cosmetic fillers into the mainstream.
But with so many different types of facial and lip fillers out on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. One way to enhance your lips, smooth out wrinkles, or add fullness to the face is by using Restylane, an injectable dermal filler.
What is Restylane? Is it safe?
We tapped into the knowledge of Dr. Wafik A. Hanna, who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery at his Chicagoland practice, to get the low-down on this treatment. According to Dr. Hanna, Restylane is an FDA-approved soft-tissue filler and “the first cosmetic dermal filler made of sugar-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body.”
How does Restylane work?
In most cases, thinning lips or lines around the nose and mouth are a natural effect of aging caused partly by a slowdown in the production of essential structural proteins like collagen. But once Restylane is injected into the skin, it can reinvigorate the skin’s structure and help stimulate the production of more collagen.
For qualified candidates, it is used to enhance lips for a fuller appearance and restore volume and fullness to the face by smoothing out facial wrinkles and folds.
How long does this last?
When Restylane is used for the first time, Dr. Hanna notes, studies show that average results can last anywhere from 6 to 9 months. With a follow-up treatment, you can expect results to last up to 18 months.
How often do I need to perform treatments for upkeep?
Those who received a follow-up treatment 4.5 or 9 months after their initial treatment maintained their results for up to 18 months. On average, only half the amount of Restylane used at the initial treatment is needed at the follow-up treatment. Dr. Hanna suggests that more collagen is formed in most patients who repeatedly get dermal fillers over time—which means fewer injections are needed for upkeep and maintenance.
Is there any downtime?
Treatments take about one hour, and most patients are in and out of the doctor’s office without any downtime. “One of the benefits of Restylane is that it contains a local anesthetic for your comfort,” explains Dr. Hanna, which means the process is potentially less painful than other cosmetic fillers.
Common side effects include temporary injection-site reactions, such as redness, swelling, and bruising. The side effects normally last fewer than 7 days in nasolabial folds and fewer than 14 days in lips.
How soon can I see results?
Restylane instantly adds volume when it’s injected, so results are noticeable immediately after a treatment. Final results can be seen 1–2 weeks after any potential swelling or bruising has had time to subside.
Restylane relies on hyaluronic acid to smooth wrinkles and make lips look plush. Read more about hyaluronic acid and how else you can incorporate it into your beauty routine.