Restylane / Perlane San Francisco Bay Area

Restylane is a gel that is injected into the skin in order to add volume to lips and lift up wrinkles and folds. It consists of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance already present in your body that provides volume and fullness to the skin. Once in the skin, Restylane works by creating volume.

Is it FDA approved?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Restylane and Perlane, an injection for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, the lines between the nose and mouth. Restylane is the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler made of a biodegradable non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid.

How does it work?

Restylane gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts to add volume, lifting up and smoothing out unwanted wrinkles.

Is there an allergy test required?

No pre-test is needed.

Which areas of the face can be treated?

Restylane can be used for smoothing out folds and wrinkles, lip enhancements and shaping facial contours. The most common areas are the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows), the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of the mouth) and the lips, although other sites can also be treated. Very superficial or very deep wrinkles may be difficult to correct.

What will I look like after the treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, tenderness or an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days. After a lip treatment, the lips may become swollen and look somewhat uneven. This can persist for a few days (up to a week). If the discomfort continues, please contact Dr. Rajagopal.

What precautions will I need to take after my treatment?

During the first 48 hours after your treatment, do not massage or rub the treated area. If you have had a lip enhancement, avoid puckering your lips for the first two days after the treatment. Until the initial swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. in a solarium or by sunbathing) or extreme cold.

Are there any side-effects associated with Restylane?

Injection-related reactions such as swelling, redness and tenderness might occur. Other types of reactions are very rare, but about 1 in 2000 treated patients have experienced localized reactions thought to be of a hypersensitive nature. These have usually consisted of swelling or redness at the injection site, sometimes affecting the surrounding tissues.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found throughout your body. It gives volume to the skin, lubricates the joints and gives the eyes their shape. The hylaluronic acid in Restylane is stabilized for long duration and is not of animal or human origin.

How long do the results of the treatment last?

It has been shown in clinical trials that Restylane is effective for up to six months, but individual results may vary.

What is the Cost of Restylane in San Francisco Bay Area?

View our costs page for our affordable Restylane pricing.

What is the difference between the Restylane and Perlane?

Restylane and Perlane are both hyaluronic acid products. The difference between the two products is the size of the gel particles. The structure of the gel differs as a result of the size of the gel particles.

If you have any questions regarding Restylane Injections, or wish to schedule a consultation, please call the San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 415-392-3333.