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Restylane is a popular hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler.

Before You Go

Questions to ask your doctor:

  • Restylane is often used in conjunction with Botox (a muscle relaxed) to decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Is this something I should consider?
  • Why Restylane and not Juvederm or Prevelle?

Pre-procedure prep for Restylane: Aspirin, ibuprofen and vitamin E can increase the chances of bruising or bleeding. Avoid for 48 hours before your procedure.

On the day of treatment: Go to your appointment with a clean face - no makeup or lotion.

What To Expect

Restylane injections deliver hyaluronic acid beneath the skin. The gel binds to preexisting water in the skin, plumping it. No more than 6.0 mL of Restylane should be administered at any one time. Expect some surface bruising after the procedure.

Who should do it: Restylane should only should be injected by a licensed, accredited physician. As with all fillers, make sure you are getting the genuine, FDA-approved product. Feel free to ask the box to verify this.

Duration: Restylane takes about 20 to 30 minutes to inject.

How Painful Is It?

Restylane is inserted with an ultrafine needle, cutting down on potential pain.

Options for anesthesia: Topical anesthetics and nerve blocks can reduce discomfort. As long as you have no allergies to lidocaine, you can also request Restylane-L, which contains the anesthetic. Restylane-L was approved in January 2010.

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