Restylane is a very popular injectable based on hyaluronic acid, used for erasing wrinkles and adding fullness to sagging areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the body; it binds molecules together, helping to firm the skin.
What It's Good For
Areas most commonly treated with Restylane include the lips, the forehead, the nasolabial folds and the undereye area. Restylane can also be used for plumping up cheeks (for the trendy "baby fat" look popularized by Madonna). It can also be used to add definition to the vermilion border and cupid's bow of the lips.
Who it works for: Restylane is ideal for treating fine furrows and folds, not deep creases and skin depressions. Restylane may be better suited for fair skinned individuals.
Recommended age range: Restylane shouldn't be used by people under the age of 18.
When will I see results?: Results of Restylane injections are typically immediate, but full results aren't evident until two weeks later, when temporary swelling or bruising has subsided.
How long it lasts: The results of your Restylane injections can last up to 12 months. It starts to break down sooner in the lips and around the mouth, however - expect only up to six months of fill power.
Key benefits of Restylane: Restylane is very popular - and effective for - moderate and deep wrinkles like nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and chin and jowl depressions. Because Restylane does not contain animal products, you won't need a skin test before treatment. Some physicians feel that Restylane attracts less water than Juvederm, making it swell less for some patients immediately after injection.
Licensed uses: Restylane is approved by the FDA for wrinkle reduction. It was the first HA filler approved by the FDA, in 2003.
Who's Done It?
In 2006, Jessica Simpson admitted to Glamour magazine that she used Restylane to get her exaggerated pout. "I had that Restylane stuff. It looked fake to me. I didn't like that. But it went away in, like, four months. My lips are back to what they were. Thank God!"
Lisa Rinna is rumored (with good reason) to have used various lip fillers. She highlights these beauty tricks for her lips in her book, Rinnavation.