Restylane-L is a sterile gel consisting of stabilized hyaluronic acid for injection into the skin. This product contains Lidocain, a numbing agent, to reduce or even eliminate any discomfort. Restylane-L is used to correct facial lines, wrinkles and folds in the United States. In addition it has been used to enhance the appearance and fullness of lips in over 60 other countries. Hyaluronic acid is an important structural element in human skin and tissue. It acts by adding volume to the tissue, shaping the contours of the face, correcting folds and enhancing the lips.
After the injection some common injection-related reactions might occur, such as swelling, redness, pain, itching, bruising, skin discoloration and tenderness at the injection sight. These typically resolve spontaneously within 2-3 days after injection into the skin and within a week after injection into the lips. Other types of reactions are very rare, but about 1 in 5,000 treated patients have experienced localized reactions thought to be of a hypersensitive nature. These have usually consisted of swelling at the injection site, sometimes affecting the surrounding tissues. Redness, tenderness and, rarely, acne-like formations have also been reported. The onset of these reactions has occurred one to several weeks after the initial treatment. The average duration of this effect is 2 weeks.
Depending on the area treated and skin type, the injection effects of a treatment with Restylane can last 6-9 months, but in some cases the duration of the effect can be shorter or even longer. Touch-up and follow-up treatments help sustain the desired degree of correction.
As with any medical procedure; you should be aware of the safety issues and restrictions associated with this treatment. They are as follows:
-There are risks of infection, lumpiness, redness, swelling, pain, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site. Typically resolution is within 2-3 days after injection.
-Hypersensitivity has been reported in about one in every 5,000 treated patients. This consists of excessive swelling and firmness and is usually self resolved in about 2 weeks.
-Do not expose the treated area to heat, such as sunbathing or tanning booths.
Results will vary by individual. You should not receive this treatment if you have unattainable expectations.
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