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Restylane/Perlane Injection

What is Restylane?

Restylane is an injectable gel that should always be administered by a trained, medically qualified practitioner.

Restylane enhances your natural looks by restoring your skin’s volume, creating softness and revitalizing your appearance.

What is Perlane?

Perlane is also an injectable gel that should always be administered by a trained, medically qualified practitioner but does have some differences. Perlane is composed of larger gel particles, it is intended for deeper injection than Restylane to volumize skin for structural support and lift. Your physician can best determine which treatment is right for you.

Who makes Restylane and Perlane?

Restylane/Perlane is produced by Q-Med AB. Q-Med is a Swedish biotechnology/medical device company with headquarters in the city of Uppsala, near Stockholm, and offices all around the world. After a decade of clinical use, more than 6 million treatments worldwide, continuous research and safety as top priority, Restylane has today been proven to be safe, effective and long lasting. The company continues to invest in research and development in the interests of further improving patient safety.

What are the benefits of Restylane/Perlane?

Restylane/Perlane can instantly soften telltale-aging lines or improve your looks by enhancing your natural features, such as your cheeks or lips. Restylane/Perlane restores volume, improves skin elasticity, and smoothes niggling lines and imperfections. Long lasting but not permanent, Restylane/Perlane allows you to stay in control of your looks.

What is the clinical experience behind Restylane?

Restylane is one of the most tried and tested dermal fillers available today. It is the benchmark for clinical excellence in its field. Its safety and efficacy are clinically proven and supported by robust clinical data, spanning 10 years. Research and development is continuous.

How does Restylane work?

Restylane is a crystal-clear gel produced biotechnologically using stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid and water. The hyaluronic acid is a tissue-friendly substance closely resembling the hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in the body. By replenishing nature’s supply of hyaluronic acid, Restylane/Perlane revitalizes and plumps up the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and giving a softer look.

What does Restylane/Perlane treatment involve?

Restylane/Perlane is injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. The gel provides hydration and structure and gives natural volume to smooth away the appearance of lines, enhance facial shape, or create fuller lips.

The treatment is very quick and often takes less than 30 minutes. The treatment benefits can normally be seen instantly and Restylane/Perlane does not affect facial expression. No skin test is required because Restylane/Perlane does not contain any animal-derived ingredients.

What areas can be treated?

Restylane/Perlane treatments can be used to smooth out facial lines, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin. It is a subtle approach to enhancing looks naturally.

The most common areas treated are:

  • from the nose to the angle of the mouth (the nasolabial folds)
  • lips (enhancement)
  • cheeks and chin (shaping)
  • back of the hands, décolletage, face (skin rejuvenation)
  • between the eyebrows (the glabellar lines)

How much does a Restylane/Perlane treatment cost?

During your pretreatment consultation, you should discuss the cost of the treatment with your practitioner. Every patient’s needs are individualized. And the cost is dependent on the number of syringes of material required to meet that patient’s need.

How long does Restylane/Perlane treatment effect last?

One of the great advantages of Restylane/Perlane is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. You are always in control of your looks.

Facial lines and facial shaping: follow-up treatment is usually needed after 6-12 months

Lip enhancement: follow-up treatment is normally needed in about 6 months

Skin rejuvenation and deep hydration: after the initial intense treatment of 3 treatment sessions every 2-3 weeks, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around every 6 months

Duration depends on many factors, such as skin type, lifestyle, age, the degree of perfection demanded by the patient and the injection technique of the practitioner.

Does Restylane/Perlane treatment hurt?

Some people may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. A local anesthetic cream is often used. Another form of anesthesia, a dental bloc, is used to numb the area when enhancing lips.

Can Restylane/Perlane be used if I have had laser treatment or a chemical peel?

If you have recently had some kind of cosmetic treatment, it is recommended you wait until the area is totally healed and the skin is back to its normal condition. This usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.

Is there any downtime with Restylane/Perlane?

You can expect slight redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, itching and/or bruising following Restylane treatment. This is the same as you might expect with any type of injection. However, the discomfort is temporary and generally disappears after a few days. With lip enhancement, it is wise to choose your treatment time with care since your lips may become swollen and appear slightly uneven for a few days.

Are there any risks with Restylane/Perlane?

More than 6 million treatments have been carried out since the launch of Restylane in 1996. Perlane was launched and approved by the FDA in May 2007. Some common injection-related reactions might occur after a Restylane/Perlane injection; they typically resolve spontaneously within one or two days after injection. These reactions include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Inflammatory reactions may last for up to two weeks in rare cases. After a lip enhancement, your lips may be swollen for several days.

Are there any side effects with Restylane/Perlane?

Most people can benefit from Restylane/Perlane treatment.

Restylane/Perlane should not be used in or near skin sites where there are or have been active skin disease, inflammation or related conditions. Nor should it be injected into an area where a permanent implant has been placed. Restylane/Perlane has not been tested in pregnant or breast-feeding women.

During your pretreatment consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history with your practitioner.