Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid-based facial filler – similar to JUVÉDERM ® – that is used to improve the overall appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Restylane is particularly effective on the area around your mouth and nose. The results of your initial Restylane treatment can last for six months or more, and the results of follow-up treatments tend to last even longer.

How Restylane ® Works

As you age, the collagen in your skin tends to break down, resulting in weaker skin elasticity and wrinkles. Restylane works by stimulating collagen production in your skin, replenishing your body’s supply and inhibiting the breakdown of your existing collagen.

Once it is in your skin, the hyaluronic acid in Restylane also acts as a magnet for water, helping preserve your skin’s renewed volume. Your final Restylane results will be visible within a week.

Restylane ® Recovery

After treatment, you may experience pronounced swelling for two to three days. You can resume your normal activities immediately, but Dr. Ochs usually advises patients to stay out of the sun as much as possible.

As with Juvéderm, Restylane side effects are rare, but may include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Pain and redness

Very rarely, patients may experience some degree of muscle weakness. This is temporary, and will resolve itself over the course of a few days or weeks. Dr. Ochs will monitor your recovery to ensure that any abnormal symptoms are quickly addressed.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Ochs may recommend combining Restylane with another type of facial filler to obtain the best results.