What is Restylane?
Restylane is injectable dermal filler that is made from hyaluronic acid (HA). HA delivers nutrients to the skin and helps the skin retain its natural moisture and softness. HA also gives volume to the skin. The HA gel is not animal based and is clear and biodegradable.

What are the indications?
Restylane can be used for lip enhancement in patients over the age of 21 and to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds including nasolabial folds, oral commissures and marionette lines.

How long with Restylane last and when will I see results?
Restylane can last between 6 months to a year and results are immediate but will vary from patient to patient.

Is there any discomfort?
Dr. Banki will apply a topical anesthetic to your face to numb the areas of treatment. Then small needles will be inserted into the skin to apply the Restylane. You should not expect a lot of discomfort and the procedure does not last long.

Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, tenderness and lump formation. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infection, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. One risk of using this product is unintentional injection into blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if this does happen the complications can be serious, and may be permanent. These complications include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, or permanent necrosis of the skin. However, these risks are extremely rare on the hands of an expert dermatologist with familiarity of the facial anatomy.