The Ultimate Guide to Restylane

Restylane is a dermal filler, injected directly into problem areas on the face to enhance definition, fill in lines, refine skin and create volume in areas including the lips and cheeks.

None of us can escape the signs of aging. Production of collagen and hyaluronic acid (the building blocks of good skin) deplete significantly as we age. This leads to loss of elasticity which contributes to fine lines, wrinkles and, inevitably, sagging.

It isn’t just getting older that contributes to aging skin. Genetics play a part, as do lifestyle factors, including smoking and sun damage. However, Restylane can help to combat these signs of aging by restoring structure and improving elasticity.

How does Restylane work?

Restylane contains hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance produced by your own skin. Hyaluronic acid molecules can hold up to 1,000 times their weight in water, leaving the skin plumped out and hydrated, rather than shrivelled and dry. This is why babies have smooth velvety skin – because they have loads of hyaluronic acid. Restylane replaces lost hyaluronic acid to give your skin that youthful glow again.

Am I suitable for Restylane?

Because Restylane’s active ingredient (hyaluronic acid) is found naturally in the body there shouldn’t be any issues with allergies. If you have fine lines and wrinkles, or loss of volume in the cheeks or lips, Restylane may be a good option to restore a younger look.

It may also be used on the backs of the hands to reduce the appearance of veins, as well as to improve the elasticity and skin tone.

What can I expect to happen during the procedure for Restylane?

The treatment only takes minutes to perform for each area. If you are having several areas done it will obviously take longer. Using a fine needle, the product is injected directly into the skin.

What about side-effects?

You may experience a little discomfort or stinging, and afterwards there will likely be redness and a little swelling. If should dissipate fairly quickly, and you will be able to go about your normal activities straight after the treatment. You can wear make up to cover any redness, should you need to.

How long does Restylane treatment last?

Results last between 6 and 12 months, but following a top-up may last as long as 18 months.

How much can I save by going abroad?

It really depends on where you go – and it probably isn’t worth traveling abroad specifically for the treatment. It may be something you might think about having if you are on holiday, or on a business trip – particularly as the procedure is so quick.

Certainly if you are having a number of areas treated the savings can be significant. For example, in Mexico, a syringe of Restylane costs around $300, compared to $500 in the United States.