Restylane® Treatments by Melissa Johnson MD, FACS
Restylane® Adds Volume to Lips, Restores Youthful Contours
Injectible treatments for nasolabial folds and lips.
Restylane® is an injectible FDA approved dermal filler for mid-dermal applications such as deep wrinkle correction, lip augmentation, nasolabial fold correction, and for glabellar creases. Restylane products include Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, Perlane®, and Perlane-L®. Restylane, Restylane-L, Perlane, and Perlane-L can be used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane, Restylane-L and Restylane Silk may also be used for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years. Restylane Silk can be used to treat lip lines in patients over 21 years. Ask Doctor Johnson which is right for you. See Restylane photos & FAQs.
For moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds
As we age our skin becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. The Restylane family of products may be able to help.
For lip enhancement
Young skin is supple and full, in part, because of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in skin that helps provide fullness and elasticity. Restylane lip injections contain a formulation of hyaluronic acid that helps maintain lip fullness for up to 6 months.
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What is Restylane?
Restylane, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, Perlane®, and Perlane-L® are members of a related family of products by Galderma Laboratories under the brand name, Restylane. Made of a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is formulated to act like your body's own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to rapidly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds or add fullness to your lips (Restylane, Restylane-L and Restylane Silk are for lips) in patients over 21. Restylane is non–animal-based, so there's little risk allergic reaction.
FDA approval of Restylane and Hylaform could be the biggest news in dermal fillers since the advent of injectable collagen in 1981.
How many Restylane treatments are needed?
Typically a Restylane regimen includes a scheduled treatment plan that involves initial treatment of moderate to severe laugh lines, plus a follow-up treatment approximately 4.5 or nine months later. On average, only half the amount of Restylane injectable gel used at the initial treatment is needed at the follow-up treatment to achieve full correction. Dr. Johnson will assess what the right amount of a Restylane is depending on your needs and areas to be treated on your face.
What are the safety considerations concerning Restylane?
Products in the Restylane family should not be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by people with bleeding disorders. Products should not be injected anywhere except the skin, just under the skin (Perlane and Perlane-L only), or in the lips (Restylane, Restylane-L and Restylane Silk only). Restylane-L, Restylane Silk and Perlane-L should not be used by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine.
Can Restylane be used on men?
Yes. Perlane and Perlane-L®, can also add volume and fullness to a man's skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane, Restylane-L®, and Restylane® Silk are also the first and only products approved for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years of age.
What is needed to schedule a Restylane consultation?
A $100 consultation fee can be paid by telephone when you schedule your consultation. This will secure your consultation appointment with Dr. Johnson.
During your consultation, Dr. Johnson will provide you with her expert opinion as to which technique is most appropriate for you to attain desired results. She will discuss the procedure in detail with you, along with the possible risks and any possible complications.
How should I prepare for my Restylane consultation?
Research on reputable internet sites can be very informative to help provide an overview. You may want to visit the Restylane website for a product overview and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, the most personally tailored information for your needs will be obtained by making an appointment and speaking with Dr. Johnson. It's a good idea to write down any questions or concerns you have so they can be fully addressed at your consultation. Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John's wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Will I be seen by the surgeon?
Yes. Dr. Johnson will meet with you and she will discuss all your surgical options. Dr. Johnson will provide you with the necessary information so that you feel confident and comfortable with your surgical decision.
Can I finance my Restylane treatments?
What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, money orders, and certified bank checks, or you can finance through CareCredit.
Can I make payments online?
Yes. You can make credit card payments securely online.
How long does a Restylane treatment take?
Treatment with Restylane® typically takes less than one hour (individual treatment times may vary). Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with Restylane injections.
What can I expect after treatment?
After Restylane treatment, you may have some: swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. These symptoms are typically mild in severity and normally last less than a week in nasolabial folds and less than two weeks in lips. Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years of age.
What should I do after treatment?
You may use cold compresses to reduce swelling. Try to avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following injection, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water. Avoid exposure to intense heat, sun lamps, or sunbathing, or prolonged exposure to extreme cold. If you are prone to facial cold sores, Dr. Johnson may prescribe medication to reduce the risk of facial cold sore recurrence at the site of injections. Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St John's wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Remember to plan follow-up appointments.
Where will my Restylane treatments take place?
Restylane injections are given right in our office treatment facilities.