Restylane, approved in 2005 as a filler for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, is the first injectable filler to earn FDA approval for lip augmentation. Restylane is a clear gel composed of hyaluronic acid, which is injected into lips for a plumping effect that can last for up to six months—that’s 60 percent longer than most collagen fillers. It is composed of hyaluronic acid, an acid already found naturally in the human body.
Restylane lip enhancement is quick and easy. Your doctor first numbs the lips with local anesthetic. The Restylane injection itself is then completely painless. Plus, you do not need to have a skin test, since the Restylane does not contain any synthetic materials. You’re likely to be into the doctor and out in about 30 minutes, and any swelling, tenderness, or bruising that may be experienced usually subsides in under a week. Sometimes a touch-up appointment is recommended a few weeks after treatment to improve the final shape of the lips and make the effects last longer.
Another advantage of Restylane, aside from its long-lasting results and easy administration, is the fact that it does not contain any synthetic, unnatural materials. Unlike some fillers, Restylane does not contain hydroxyapetite or methylmethacrylate which can cause chronic inflammation or cyst formation. Additionally, many individuals have a smaller risk of allergic reaction to Restylane because hyaluronic acid is already found in the body.
Like all dermal fillers, however, Restylane does have some potential side effects. Recent studies of the injectable filler for lip enhancement found typical short term side effects of Restylane for lip augmentation included bruising, redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, itching, and skin exfoliation. For most patients, these symptoms subsided in under two weeks. For 15 percent, the symptoms persisted beyond 15 days. Restylane, along with other dermal fillers, also has some rare risks. These include facial palsy and anaphylactic shock.
If you are interested in learning more about Restylane for lip augmentation and whether it’s the right option for you, contact our representatives. We will schedule your personal consultation with a licensed Restylane provider in your area, who can discuss with you the details of Restylane including the pros and cons, as well as other dermal filler options. If you’ve been dreaming of beautiful, defined, voluminous lips, give us a call! Our specialists will help you determine the best option for you!