Cosmetic procedures involving Restylane injections

November 12, 2012

Cosmetic procedures involving Restylane injections

Botox procedures are becoming more and more popular for women who are conscious of their aging skin.

Restylane is a dermal filler used in cosmetic procedures such as moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Restylane is a natural product made from non-animal based hyaluronic acid and goes through very little modification during processing – which means that the risk of allergic reaction or disease transmission is greatly reduced. This minimal modification also means that skin testing is not a pre-requisite of Restylane use.

The production process of Restylane involves the purification, sterilization and chemical stabilization of streptococcus bacteria into a clear gel. This stabilized product can remain in the dermis for a much longer period of time than other similar fillers.

Aging skin

As skin ages it becomes less elastic and supple – the result of a gradual loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid from the skin. The intercellular space in the dermis is maintained in younger skin by the trapping of water – this trapping is caused by naturally occurring hyaluronic acid.

What is Restylane used for?

Restylane injections are used in cosmetic surgeries as a way of re-filling the intercellular space in the dermis which in turn fills out any wrinkles. Restylane injections are also used in lip enhancement procedures and to fill in unsightly scars left behind by severe acne. The quantity of Restylane used during any procedure will depend largely on the amount of correction required.


The injection site will be anesthetized before the procedure using a topical or local anesthetic, mild stinging may still be noticed as the injection is carried out and some localized redness and swelling may be visible for several days.

Restylane injections are carried out using an extremely fine needle. The clear gel is injected into the area of the dermis below the wrinkle until that wrinkle has been smoothed away. A Restylane injection produces immediate results as it becomes part of the dermis and binds the water within.

Restylane which is used during a lip enhancement procedure is injected into and around the lip area.

Advantages of Restylane injections

A cosmetic procedure involving Restylane injections has several advantages. Restylane does not hinder the normal bodily processes of metabolism and transportation of nutrients and oxygen; it is also naturally absorbed by the body leaving behind no trace.

Side effects

The site of the injection may appear to be swollen and red for as long as a week after the procedure has been carried out, there may also be some residual pain in the area.

Following a lip enhancement procedure involving Restylane injections the swelling and discomfort may be quite significant and, during the first couple of weeks, the lip area may appear to be lop-sided.

Some patients report being able to feel bumps at the injection site for several months after their procedure has been carried out – these bumps are not usually visible and eventually blend into the dermis layers.

Allergic reactions to Restylane are extremely rare – occurring only in 1 in 2000 patients. Even more rarely there may be some granulation of the tissues around the injection site; this can be a severe reaction and one which may require surgical intervention.

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