- What is Restylane?
- How is a Restylane treatment done?
- How long will the treatment session take?
- What can be treated?
- Does it hurt?
- How soon will I see the results?
- What will I look like after the treatment?
- What should I bear in mind after my treatment with RESTYLANE?
- Can Restylane be removed?
- Can Restylane replace surgical procedures?
- How can I get Restylane treatment?
- What should I consider before I have a Restylane treatment?
- Is Restylane safe?
- Do I need to have a skin test?
- Are there any side-effects?
- Why do the lips sometimes become very swollen immediately after a Restylane treatment?
- Can Restylane be used if I have undergone laser treatment or chemical peeling?
- Can patients with allergies of different kinds be more sensitive to Restylane?
- Can Restylane be used during pregnancy or lactation?
- How long does the effect of a Restylane treatment last?
- Does Restylane get stiffer in cold weather? What happens in the sun?
- How will my skin look if I do not get follow-up treatments?
- What are the contents of Restylane?
- What is hyaluronic acid?
- How was Restylane developed?
- What is the CE-number of Restylane?
Q: What is Restylane?
A: Restylane, which is non-animal, improves the resilience and youthful contours of your skin and its ability to counter the effects of gravity, time, wind and weather. Restylane plays an important role giving volume to the skin, shape to the eyes and elasticity to the joints. Restylane, composed of Hyaluronic acid, is found naturally in your skin and other tissues. Hyaluronic acid has a chemical structure similar in many ways to sugar and is identical in all species and in all tissue types, making Restylane a very safe product for you.
Q: How is a Restylane treatment done?
A: During treatment the crystal-clear gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very thin needle. The gel then gives natural volume and smoothes out the wrinkles.
Q: What can be treated?
A: Each of us has natural lines that can be improved. Restylane can be used to give you a long-lasting and natural beauty lift: smoothing wrinkles and folds, and giving your mouth a fuller, more sensuous appearance. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is non-animal. Please contact us today for a free consultation.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: For wrinkle treatments no pain relief is generally necessary, however it can be easily arranged at your request. When enhancing the lips, pain relief in the form of a local anaesthetic is often used.
Q: What will I look like after the treatment?
A: Immediately after the treatment you can expect slight redness and swelling. This is a normal result of the injection. The inconvenience is temporary and generally disappears in a day or two. If the inconvenience continues or if other reactions occur, please contact your physician. The initial swelling after lip treatment may last longer. Some patients experience swelling for about a week and the lips can look somewhat uneven during this time. This means that the result directly after the treatment should not be looked upon as the final result.
Q: What should I bear in mind after my treatment with Restylane?
A: During the first 48 hours after your treatment, do not massage or rub the treated area. If you have had a lip enhancement, avoid puckering your lips for the first two days after the treatment. Until the initial swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. in a solarium or by sunbathing) or extreme cold.
Q: How can I get Restylane treatment?
A: Please contact us today for a free consultation about treatment using Restylane. We will answer your questions to help you reach a decision. Because skin test is needed, you may qualify to have the treatment performed immediately following your consultation.
Q: What should I consider before I have a Restylane treatment?
A: Look in the mirror and decide which result you are expecting. Communicate your expectations to your physician before the treatment and ask him or her what is possible.
Q: Is Restylane safe?
A: After the injection some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, redness, pain, itching, discoloration and tenderness at the implant site. They typically resolve spontaneously within one to two dasy after injection into the skin. Other types of reactions are very rare, but aboy one in every 2,000 treated patients have experienced localized reactions thought to be of a hypersensitivity nature. These have usually consisted of swelling at the implant site, sometimes affecting the surrounding tissues. Redness, tenderness and rearely acne-like formations have also been reported. These reactions have either started a few days after injection or after a delay of two to four weeks and have generally been described as mild to moderate and self-limiting, with an average duration of two weeks. For more information, please consult your practitioner.
Q: Are there any side-effects?
A: The rate of reactions to Restylane is very low. However, after Restylane treatment, some common injection-related reactions are possible. Possible reactions to Restylane are swelling, redness, pain, itching, discoloration and tenderness at the site of injection. These reactions typically resolve within a few days after injection into the skin and within a week after injection into the lips.
Other types of reported reactions, which are very rare, include:
1 in 2000 treated patients experienced localized reactions, which were thought to be of a hypersensitive nature. These reactions usually consisted of swelling at the injection site, sometimes affecting the surrounding tissues. Redness, tenderness and rarely acne-like formations were also reported. These reactions either started a few days after the Restylane injection or within two to four weeks after Restylane injection. The reactions were generally described as mild to moderate and self-limiting with a two-week average duration. Please consult your practitioner for more information about these products.
Q: Why do the lips sometimes become very swollen immediately after a Restylane treatment?
A: Unfortunately, we do not yet know the cause of this but we have no reason to believe that this is an immunological reaction. The swelling is normally gone within a week after injection into the lips.
Q: Can Restylane be used if I have undergone laser treatment or chemical peeling?
A: Yes, but it is recommended that you wait until the treated area is totally healed and the skin has normalized (normally 4 - 6 weeks).
Q: Can patients with allergies of different kinds be more sensitive to Restylane?
A: So far we have seen no connection between patients with allergies and patients that report a reaction to Restylane.
Efficacy of Restylane
Q: How long does the effect of a Restylane treatment last?
A: The length of time a Restylane treatment lasts depends on the individual and many factors, including the structure of the skin, lifestyle, age, the degree of desired perfection and the injection technique used by the practitioner. Clinical experience indicates that touch-up and follow-up treatment will add to the duration. In general, follow-up treatment for lines, wrinkles and folds is needed after 6-12 months and 6 months after lip enhancement.
Q: Does Restylane get stiffer in cold weather? What happens in the sun?
A: You should not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. in a solarium or by sunbathing) or extreme cold for the first few days after the treatment in order to avoid the risk of inflammation as the area has been disturbed. However, once Restylane has integrated into the body, it will adjust to your normal body temperature.
Q: How will my skin look if I do not get follow-up treatments?
A: The results will gradually disappear and your skin will eventually look like it did before the treatment. Receiving follow-up injections will help to maintain Restylane correction.
Miscellaneous Restylane Questions
Q: What are the contents of Restylane?
A: Restylane consists of 20 mg/ml of stabilized hyaluronic acid and physiological sodium chloride solution with a pH of 7. All Restylane products are clear, transparent and viscous gels. The only difference between the products is the size of the gel particles. In contrast to other similar products, the hyaluronic acid in Restylane is not produced from animals. This means that there is no risk of disease being transmitted or allergic reactions being elicited if you are sensitive to common foods, such as beef, chicken and eggs.
Q: What is hyaluronic acid?
A: Restylane, composed of Hyaluronic acid, is found naturally in your skin and other tissues and is not of animal or human origin. Hyaluronic acid has a chemical structure similar in many ways to sugar and is identical in all species and in all tissue types, making Restylane a very safe product for you.
Q: How was Restylane developed?
A: Dr. Bengt Ågerup, and the company Q-Med in Uppsala, Sweden, succeeded in developing a way of using a Non-Animal, Stabilized, Hyaluronic Acid to replace the loss of volume in the skin after many years of research. The first application, Restylane, was launched in 1996. Prior to this, only collagen made from cow hide and hyaluronic acid made from rooster combs were available.
Q: What is the CE-number of Restylane?
A: The CE-number is the same for all Q-MED Esthetics products is CE 0562. This is the number of the notified body. A notified body is an institution which issues the CE-certificate, i.e. gives the CE-mark for products approved for sale within the EU. The CE-mark means that the product fulfils the demands set out in the EU directive.