Restylane® is a natural soft tissue dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles, fill folds (nasolabial folds), and add youthful volume to the lips, earlobes, and hollows beneath the lower eyes. Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid and maintains its shape and volume by attracting and binding water. As a naturally occurring substance in the body, Restylane® does not illicit allergic reactions.
Restylane® is unique from Botox® Cosmetic in that Restylane® is a cosmetic filler whereas Botox® Cosmetic is a drug that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes underlying muscles. Many patients desire to have both products placed at the same time for maximal cosmetic results.
Injections generally last four to six months with treatments scheduled approximately twice a year. The best cosmetic results are seen in those patients who have Restylane® layered. Restylane® can be layered by injecting a bit at a time followed by further volume to get an even, long lasting result.