Restylane has been used in over 70 countries and over 1.4 million times in the United States.

It is the world’s most studied and most used dermal filler, so we are confident that it will meet the needs of our patients. When you consider all of the soft tissue dermal fillers, more than 3.4 million were performed through 2020 and more than 3.8 million in 2019, according to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

But what is Restylane? How does it work, and why did it become so popular? Everything you need to know about this highly trusted cosmetic product can be found below.

What Is Restylane?

Restylane is an injectable filler used to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and volume loss throughout the face. This product has many different applications, making it one of the most commonly used treatments on the aesthetic market. Because it is so practiced and well-understood by the medical community, the results it can provide have become notorious by those who are tapped into the cosmetic industry.

The product itself is a soft, injectable gel that works by replenishing the supply of hyaluronic acid in the skin. This substance rejuvenates the tissues from within, restoring a taut, youthful appearance and reducing unwanted facial blemishing.

FAQs

Why Do We Need Restylane?

Many different components are responsible for ensuring our appearance remains taut, vibrant and youthful. Hyaluronic acid — the primary compound in Restylane — is one of those components. This acid serves primarily as the agent that brings volume to our faces. As we age, the production of that compound decreases. 



While some treatments boast the ability to improve the production of our building blocks, very few of them can correct to the same degree that Restylane can. This is because Restylane injects hyaluronic acid directly into your facial tissues. We need this injectable because people who do not want to succumb to the signs of aging have very few other reliable options.

What Does Restylane Treat?

Restylane can be used to treat a wide range of aesthetic conditions, such as:

  • Worry lines
  • Smile lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Marionette lines
  • Smoker’s lines
  • Lip enhancement
  • Chin augmentation
  • Acne scars
  • Cheek depressions
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Redefining lip border
  • Droopy eyebrows
  • Hollowed under eyes
  • Jowl correction
  • Volume loss

Even if you do not see your specific condition listed, don’t worry — you may still be a good fit for Restylane injections. If your condition cannot be treated with this option, we will help you develop a treatment plan to achieve all of your goals.

Am I a Candidate for Restylane?

Restylane is a good treatment option for those who wish to reduce lines and wrinkles, create more defined or fuller lips, improve the contours of the chin or cheek, and rejuvenate skin on the face, neck and hands. It should not be used in areas where there is skin inflammation. You should have a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve with Restylane injections and an even more precise understanding of what can be achieved.

If you come into the process with unrealistic expectations, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed by an otherwise successful outcome. You should also make sure you have this procedure performed to improve your self-confidence and not match someone else’s beauty preference.

How Should I Prepare for Restylane?

Since Restylane is a minimally invasive injectable treatment, there are no extensive precautions or preparations you need to make. We do ask that you stop taking certain products like aspirin, vitamin E, fish oil, ibuprofen (Motrin) or St. John’s wort to ensure a safe procedure and recovery. You should also quit smoking as quickly as possible and avoid excessive alcohol use or unprescribed medications. Any of these factors can affect your body’s ability to heal and produce optimal results.

What Should I Expect from a Restylane Procedure?

The entire procedure can be broken down into four steps:

  1. The targeted area will be thoroughly cleaned to help prevent infection
  2. A numbing agent may be applied, if necessary
  3. Restylane will be injected directly into the targeted areas with an ultrafine needle
  4. The site will be cleaned again and then bandaged

Does Restylane Hurt?

Most Restylane patients can handle the discomfort from the procedure without the need for medications or topical products. But a local anesthetic cream is sometimes applied to reduce the minor pain related to wrinkle injections in some cases. For lips, anesthesia is recommended because the lips are a highly sensitive part of the body. Some Restylane products are now available with lidocaine, which helps reduce pain for a more comfortable injection experience.

What Should I Expect During Restylane Recovery?

The recovery process from a Restylane injection is reasonably straightforward. You can expect to experience minor redness, swelling, pain, discomfort, itching, bruising, tenderness or soreness at the injection site. Typically, these side effects only last a couple of days. By day two, you will have a pretty clear idea of what the majority of your results will look like since most of the residual swelling will have subsided.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Restylane?

Restylane effects are long-lasting but are not permanent. Follow-up treatment sessions are recommended every six to 12 months, depending on various factors, including lifestyle, age and skin type. Lip treatments last roughly six months. You can expect to have noticeable improvement in the appearance of any of the aforementioned aesthetic concerns, which have led many of our patients to live more confident lives and feel better about their appearance.

How Much Does Restylane Cost?

The price for Restylane starts at $650 for a syringe. You may need multiple syringes per session, depending on many different factors like the amount of correction being performed, your unique reaction to the product and the cosmetic goals you are trying to achieve. While this is a reasonable ballpark estimate, your exact cost can be provided after you complete an initial consultation with our office.

During this appointment, a member of our highly trained team will review your medical history, examine your condition and listen to your aesthetic goals. Then, they can give you a very accurate estimate and detailed treatment plan to know exactly what to expect as you move forward in the decision-making process.

Expert Restylane Treatment in San Francisco, CA

If you are ready to learn more about how Restylane can improve your facial appearance without the need for surgery or other more extensive treatments, give our office a call at (415) 567-7200 to set up an appointment with our medical team. You can also fill out the online contact form to have a staff member call you back at a more convenient time. We are looking forward to being your aesthetic partner throughout your entire journey!

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