About Restylane® Injections

Restylane® is a non-animal, biodegradable filler that is used in cosmetic procedures as an alternative to collagen fillers. It is based on hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the body where it adds volume to the skin. Restylane® is clear and has a gelatinous consistency. When injected into the skin, Restylane® retains its shape and volume, and the shape of the skin around it, by reacting to the body’s own moisture.

When Restylane® is injected in the skin, it erases facial wrinkles even better than skin resurfacing because it fills out the fine lines in the skin from the inside. It is typically injected into the lips to create fuller lips or on other sites on the face to fill out wrinkles such as around the mouth to fill-out and eliminate laugh lines.

The price of Restylane® injections varies, but a vial of Restylane® typically costs a few hundred dollars. Restylane® injections are considered a cosmetic procedure and are not covered by insurance. Most doctors have financing plans available for their patients.

Restylane® injections take only a few minutes to complete. Treatments are performed in the doctor’s office. Local anesthesia may be used, particularly for lip treatments. Patients do report feeling mild pain and discomfort when and where the Restylane® is injected. Patients can return to normal activities immediately after receiving Restylane® injections. Patients are advised, however, to avoid the sun for a few days after treatment.

Severe complications, such as overfilling the skin at the injection site with Restylane®, are usually the result of an inexperienced practitioner injecting the Restylane®. Other minor side effects include headache and nausea and pain and swelling around the injection site(s). Swelling usually subsides in two to three days. The full results of the injections can be seen in about one week and last for about six months.

For more information about Restylane® as well as other cosmetic treatments such as laser hair removal and Thermage®, it is important to schedule an appointment at our skin rejuvenation and wrinkle removal center in Los Angeles.