Created from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, Restylane is a cutting-edge soft tissue filler, designed especially for filling in deep crevices, fine lines, and facial scars from acne or trauma. The cutting-edge injectible can also successfully restore volume to the lips, cheeks, and the delicate areas around the eyes. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a safe and effective dermal filler, Restylane has been popular with patients since 1996.
Potential candidates for Restylane can be both men and women, of all skin types, seeking a soft, natural volume enhancer and tissue support. Restylane injections are applied in a private treatment room at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, normally taking under 60 minutes. The injectible is placed beneath the top layer of skin using a thin needle by expert injector, Dr. Paul Vitenas, while meticulously contouring the features. Although Restylane is not considered painful, patients may note minor discomfort, with a pinch or burning sensation during each injection. For total patient comfort, a local anesthetic, dental block, or topical numbing cream may be used by Dr. Vitenas prior to the injections.
No downtime is required after a Restylane treatment, so work and school can be resumed the same day. Side-effects are mild, but mild swelling and minor bruising can be seens after the injection session. Some patients will choose to wait until the swelling and redness have dissipated, 24 to 48 hours, before returning to work. Because Restylane remains malleable in the tissue for up to seventy-two hours, patients will need to be careful to not vigorously manipulate the treatment area as the filler can be moved. The results of Restylane last an average of six to nine months.
Q – What is Restylane?
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid gel facial filler, approved by the FDA. Restylane can be used to improve fine lines and deep crevices on the face, as well as acne scars. Restylane may also be used to improve lip contours and restore volume to the cheeks and eye area.
Q – How do I know if I am a good candidate for Restylane?
Candidates for Restylane include those looking to smooth fine facial lines, deep tissue crevices, and acne scars, as well as improve diminished volume in the cheeks, under the eyes, and the lips. Potential patients can be either male or female, of any skin type or ethnicity, however an ideal patient will clearly understand the injectible treatment process and hold realistic expectations for their Restylane results.
Q – Where is the Restylane treatment performed?
All Restylane injections will be applied in a comfortable treatment room at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, located at 4208 Richmond Avenue in Houston.
Q – Is an anesthetic used before the Restylane treatment?
To ensure the patient’s comfort, the a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic may be used prior to the Restylane injections.
Q – How is the Restylane procedure performed?
The anesthetic is first administered. Next, using a tiny needle, the Restylane solution will be applied beneath the skin.
Q – How long do Restylane injections take to apply?
Each Restylane treatment is quick, taking under an hour to complete.
Q – Is there much pain during the Restylane injection?
Restylane injections are performed with a very small needle and there is typically little pain. However, patients may note some burning or pinching during each injection, therefore a topical anesthetic or dental block can be applied by Dr. Vitenas for total patient comfort.
Q – What can be expected from my recovery period, immediately after receiving Restylane?
As with any injectable treatment, minor redness, swelling or bruising can develop at the injection site. Though some patients opt to wait until these side effects have faded, work and other normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment. Patients will need to avoid vigorous manipulation of the treatment area at first as it remains malleable for up to seventy-two hours following the injections.
Q – How soon can I go back to work following Restylane injections?
There is no downtime needed after Restylane injections. However, since mild swelling and minor redness or bruising is common, some patients may choose to postpone work until side-effects have faded.
Q – What are the potential risks or complications from Restylane?
Restylane is approved by the FDA as a safe and efficient soft tissue filler. While there are few significant risks from Restylane, mild side-effects such as bruising or swelling, and minor areas of redness, can be expected. These are temporary and will quickly resolve. Additional complications, such as headache, flu-like symptoms, nausea, muscle weakness, and pain at the injection site, are rare but can occur.
Q – When will my Restylane results begin to fade?
The results of Restylane typically last six to nine months. At this time, a repeat treatment can be safely performed, extending the results.
Q – How much does Restylane cost?
Restylane is a unique dermal filler, created to replace facial volume. The injectible can restore shape and contour to the cheeks, lower face, jawline, and jowls. Each syringe of Restylane will cost from $500 to $650; patients should expect to use at least two syringes for the best results. The final cost will vary, depending on the area being treated and the amount of Restylane needed. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Vitenas will determine the exact cost of treatment.
Q – What are my Restylane payment options?
To make paying for Restylane easier, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery accepts both cash and all major credit cards. Medical financing through CareCredit is also available. Patients can apply online for immediate approval.