Restylane® is a crystal-clear, non-animal derived, biodegradable gel based on a natural substance, called hyaluronic acid. Restylane is approved by the FDA for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds like the nasolabial folds, which extend from the nose to the corners of your mouth. Restylane and Perlane® belong to a family of products known as cosmetic dermal fillers. They replace lost volume and restore youthful contours to the skin by smoothing the way lines and wrinkles. Restylane and Perlane differ with regard to the size of the particles of hyaluronic acid. In Perlane, the particle size is larger and therefore Perlane is designed for deeper injection than Restylane. The Restylane or Perlane gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The result is instantaneous and produces a long-lasting, natural enhancement. Restylane gives natural volume in your skin to lift and produce new firmness, resulting in a healthy, vital appearance.
Restylane and Perlane are both safe products, made of hyaluronic acid which is naturally present in the body. Restylane was the first FDA approved, non-animal based, stabilized, injectable hyaluronic acid for aesthetic use. Since Restylane and Perlane are free from animal substances, the risk of transmitting diseases from other species is completely eliminated. To date, more than 10 million treatments have successfully been carried out with Restylane in more than 70 countries worldwide. It is the most studied cosmetic dermal fuller in the world.
The hyaluronic acid in Restylane and Perlane is naturally integrated into the tissue and allows for the passage of vital nutritive substances like oxygen and hormones. As cells are also able to pass between fragments of the gel your skin will look perfectly healthy and natural. The hyaluronic acid is biodegradable, which means that, when the injected gel breaks down, it turns into water and carbon dioxide and disappears unnoticed from your body.
Restylane and Perlane are totally non-animal products; there are no risks of an allergic reaction if you are sensitive to common foods, such as beef, chicken and eggs. Unlike some other injectable products for wrinkle treatment and lip enhancement (for example collagen is made from cow hide and other hyaluronic acid products made from rooster combs).
No pretesting is required. Some precautions should be taken prior to treatment. Avoid using aspirin, ibuprofen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or high doses of vitamin E supplements prior to treatment because these may increase her chance of bleeding or bruising at the site of the injection. Also, if you have previously suffered from a facial cold sore discuss this with your doctor who may prescribe a medication to minimize the chance of recurrence.
Restylane and Perlane may be used for treating facial wrinkles or folds, and enhancing facial features. Restylane is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. Prior to the treatment, the area is anesthetized. The injected gel produces natural volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. The results can be seen immediately. Treating wrinkles with Restylane is fast and safe and leaves no scars or other traces on the face.
For many women, fuller and more sensuous lips are high on the wish list. With Restylane, you can enjoy more pronounced lips or a soft pouting look with the body’s own material.
Perlane is specifically designed for shaping facial contours. Perlane works by volume augmentation. Injected into the skin, it corrects deep folds and lifts up the skin from cheeks and chin, giving a new shape to your facial contours.
Restylane and Perlane treatments are long-lasting but not permanent. The length of time a treatment will last is very individual and depends on many factors, such as your age, skin type, life-style and muscle activity, as well as the injection site and the technique used. This means that you always have the option to assess your aesthetic appearance.
Experience shows that Restylane can be effective for up to six months for lip enhancements and for the treatment of wrinkles on the face. In many cases patients return after 9 months or even a year for an additional treatment. Perlane has been shown to last up to six months as well. It is recommended that you plan for regular future visits to maintain the result. Most patients choose to have a follow-up treatment six to twelve months after the initial treatment of wrinkles. This has been shown to increase the length of the result.
The reason Restylane and Perlane generally remains for 6-12 months after injected into the skin is due to its very effective stabilization method. This method allows the volume to remain intact for a long period of time. As the stabilized hyaluronic acid in Restylane does begin to break down, your body’s water takes its place. The more fragmented the Restylane gel becomes, the more water it is able to bind. This is one of the main reasons Restylane lasts so long.
No previous skin test is needed, which means that you can have the treatment immediately. The injection session often takes less than thirty minutes. The time differs somewhat depending on the correction you want to have performed. The result is immediate.
Prior to your procedure, a topical anesthetic cream can be applied to the area to be treated. You can also choose to have a local anesthetic injection. For wrinkle treatments, pain relief is not required by all patients; however it can be easily arranged at your request and is recommended.
Immediately after the treatment, you can expect a slight redness, swelling, tenderness and an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days. When it comes to lip augmentation, the swelling may last longer. Some patients experience swelling for about a week.
During this time, the lips may look somewhat uneven. This means that the result directly after the treatment should not be regarded as the final result. If the discomfort continues or if other reactions occur, you should contact Dr. Garramone’s office. A touch-up treatment within 2-4 weeks after the initial treatment may be necessary to achieve an optimal correction.
After Treatment – Please Note the Following:
Avoid touching the treated area excessively within the following six hours. After that the area can be gently washed with soap and water, and light make-up can be applied. Until the initial swelling and redness have disappeared, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. solarium and sunbathing) or extreme cold. If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another eruption of cold sores. If you are taking aspirin or any similar medication, please note that the treatment may increase the bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Other types of reactions are very rare, but about 1 in 2000 treated patients have experienced localized reactions thought to be of a hypersensitive nature. These have usually consisted of swelling at the injection site, sometimes affecting the surrounding tissues. Redness, tenderness and rarely acne-like formations have also been reported. These reactions have either started a few days after the 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.
As your face is constantly changing, beauty is best maintained by evaluating the need for further treatments from time to time. With Restylane and Perlane, you always have the option of continuing or changing the combination of treatments. The treatment can be repeated as often as you like.
One of the great advantages of Restylane and Perlane is that they are long-lasting, but not permanent. Unlike permanent treatments or implants, Restylane always leaves you with the option of re-evaluating your needs when the initial effect has worn off. A follow-up can be performed at any time you like after the previous treatment. This text does not contain all the information known about these products. For more information, please consult www.restylane.com.
For more information about Restylane and Perlane, or to schedule a Restylane and Perlane consultation, please contact Dr. Garramone’s office today at 239-482-1900.