Hyaluronic Acid Injections (Restylane)

Overview

The age-related effects on the skin cause it to lose its elasticity contributing to the formation of wrinkles and frown lines and skin folds.

Restylane is a trade name for commercially non-animal produced hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound, present in all living things, and which, when injected into the skin can smooth out wrinkles and folds, and can fill out areas of soft tissue in the face such as the lips and the cheek areas to give a fuller and more sensuous look. During the procedure, Restylane is injected directly into the dermis of the skin at the site of the wrinkle using a very small needle. It can also be injected just underneath the skin when performing facial contour and lip enhancement. Depending on the area to be treated, several injections are usually needed at specific sites. Localised discomfort and bruises can occur and if injections are given in the lips, then local anaesthetic injections are generally required. The effects are long-lasting but not permanent.

Frequently asked questions

Am I suitable for Restylane injections?

What are the benefits of Restylane injections?

Is the procedure painful?

How long does it take to recover from the injections?

When will I notice the results and how long will they last?

Will I be told the risks and complications?

What follow-up appointments will there be?

Am I suitable for Restylane injections?

Not everyone is suitable for Restylane injections. Suitability is a matter for you and Mr Johnson to discuss in clinic, following a thorough analysis of your medical history and a thorough clinical consultation.

What are the benefits of Restylane injections?

By lip enhancement, and by smoothing out wrinkles and frown lines on the face, a smoother, fresher, more youthful appearance is achieved, thereby increasing patient confidence and improving self-esteem.

Is the procedure painful?

Restylane injections in the upper part of the face are not particularly painful. Ice is used to cool the skin down to make the injections more comfortable. Restylane injections into the lips can be painful and so a local anaesthetic injection is first given inside the mouth near the groove between the lips and the gum line to numb the lips during the procedure.

How long does it take to recover from the injections?

At the site of the injections there can be some bruising and swelling and redness which may last a few days, but otherwise normal activities can be resumed immediately.

When will I notice the results and how long will they last?

The effects of the treatment can be appreciated when the swelling disappears after a week, and last between 6-9 months, at which time repeat injections of Restylane can be given.

Will I be told the risks and complications?

Any procedure carries with it the risk of complication. Complications, however, are uncommon following Restylane. During your initial consultation Mr Johnson will have a full discussion with you about the risks and complications of this procedure. Fortunately, with correct patient selection and appropriate procedure selection, the risks are kept to an absolute minimum. It is important that you should be reassured that Mr Johnson will not agree to perform any cosmetic procedure on you unless he feels the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.

What follow-up appointments will there be?

Mr Johnson will arrange to see you in clinic 2 weeks after your Restylane injections. He will then make arrangements to see you in clinic for longer-term follow-up appointments. You will be given contact details for the hospital and Mr Johnson's secretary, should you wish at any time to discuss further aspects of your care or make additional arrangements for review.


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