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Restylane® is the name of a cosmetic filling agent or dermal filler used to smooth lines and wrinkles in the skin. Made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural component of the skin, Restylane® is biocompatible and enjoys a favorable product safety record. The gel-like substance is injected underneath the wrinkle to provide fullness and a smoother appearance. Unlike Botox®, which is used to relax muscles that create wrinkles, Restylane® fills the wrinkles in. The two treatments are sometimes used in conjunction with each other for correcting deeper lines.
Unlike collagen, another cosmetic filling agent, Restylane® provides more volume and does not require testing for allergic reaction. Restylane® has been used worldwide since 1996.
Restylane® treatments typically last about six to eight months. Patients deciding to pursue Restylane® treatment as a routine cosmetic procedure are usually scheduled for two or three office visits per year.
Restylane® is administered by injection. Restylane® injections can be uncomfortable and numbing the injection site is often preferred. Like most other injections, complications are usually limited to minor temporary swelling of the injection site, soreness, and redness for a few days.