Recently approved by the FDA, Restylane®-L takes the popular hyaluronic acid dermal filler to the next level by adding lidocaine, a local anesthetic used to reduce the pain of the injection for a more comfortable experience. The gel particle structure is the same as traditional Restylane® injections, producing the same level of results in smoothing away moderate to severe wrinkles and lines.
Where Can Restylane be Injected?
Restylane® is a proven hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is routinely used for mild to moderate creases in the lower face. This dermal filler with lidocaine can correct the appearance of those pesky nasolabial folds that develop around the nose and mouth. It can smooth away marionette lines that form from the outer edges of the lips to the chin. This filler is also delicate enough to plump the lips and add definition to the vermillion border. As a softer dermal filler, Restylane-L is very unlikely to cause what is called the Tyndall Effect, making it a great filler to reduce the appearance of undereye bags or hollows.
Who is a Good Candidate for Restylane?
Provided that you are in good health overall, you should be a good candidate for Restylane treatment. The main ingredient in this filler, hyaluronic acid, is already present in your body, so the risk of allergic reaction is nearly non-existent. Keep in mind that Restylane-L contains lidocaine, which could cause an allergic reaction. If you’ve ever had an analgesic injection at your dentist’s office, chances are you’ve been exposed to lidocaine and will tolerate it without complications. At your consultation visit, please do not hesitate to ask questions about this treatment and what it can achieve. To be fully satisfied with your choice in care, it is important to have realistic expectations regarding the results that Restylane can attain.
How Long Does it Take to See Results After Treatment?
Restylane is a rewarding treatment because you can see your results immediately. You may develop slight swelling due to the injection process, but this is minor enough to go about your day as usual. After one to two weeks, the true outcome of your Restylane injections will be apparent. Well before that time, though, we expect that you will love what the treatment has accomplished.
What is Recovery Like After Treatment?
You do not need to take any time off work or other activities to receive Restylane injections. To avoid unnecessary bruising or exaggerated redness and swelling, your provider may encourage you to postpone any strenuous exercise or activities for 12 to 24 hours. If you notice redness or swelling, you can gently apply ice or a cold compress to the area to help the side effects resolve more quickly.
How Long Do the Effects of Restylane Last?
The results of treatment using Restylane-L can last six months or slightly longer. Subsequent treatments can be scheduled accordingly to safely and conveniently sustain a more youthful appearance.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Restylane?
Being a dermal filler made with naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid, Restylane-L is associated with the most subtle side effects. Complications are extremely rare, with most patients experiencing only mild, temporary redness, swelling, and tenderness at their injection sites. It is also possible to experience itching and bruising. The last side effect can be mitigated by avoiding blood-thinning medications and supplements prior to treatment.
Most patients now prefer treatment with Restylane®-L for its added benefits. We are proud to offer this advanced new product at our practice to provide patients with the desired results of a Restylane® injection, which can last up to 18 months, with less pain and no need for additional medication.