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FAQs

Have a question about Restylane treatment? Here you will find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Who can administer Restylane treatments?

Only a trained medical aesthetic healthcare professional should administer treatment with Restylane. In the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, this includes doctors, dentists, dermatologists, nurses, nurse prescribers.

What does Restylane treatment involve?

Your aesthetic healthcare professional will develop an individualised treatment plan based on your needs after a consultation. If you are happy to proceed, you will be asked to complete a medical history and consent form before you can go ahead with treatment.

Depending on which treatment you choose, Restylane dermal fillers or Restylane Skinboosters™ will be injected into the target area. Treatment with Restylane dermal fillers involves injection of the hyaluronic acid gel into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle or cannula to provide lift or volume, or smoothen out lines and wrinkles. Treatment with Restylane Skinboosters involves injection of tiny droplets of the hyaluronic acid gel to provide hydration and improve skin condition.

The effects can sometimes be seen instantly depending on the treatment you receive, and there also may be some temporary swelling and redness that diminishes with time.

Do I need to have a skin test before treatment?

No skin test is required as Restylane does not contain any animal-derived ingredients.

Can I have Restylane treatment if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Restylane products have not been tested in pregnant or breastfeeding women, so it is not recommended to undergo a Restylane treatment if either is applicable to you.

Will my skin be red or swollen after treatment?

Like any treatment involving injections, you may experience swelling, redness itchiness or bruising after Restylane treatment. This is, however, only temporary.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment is fast, and typically takes only between 15 to 40 minutes.

Will I need pain relief?

Most Restylane products are available with 0.3% lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, to provide you with a more comfortable treatment. Restylane products are also delivered through carefully designed needles to minimise pain and injury.

Further pain relief is generally not needed when injecting into the skin to smoothen out lines and wrinkles. You can, however, ask your aesthetics healthcare professional if you would like to receive some local anaesthetic as well.

Because the lips are a highly sensitive part of the body, you may choose to receive additional anaesthesia before lip enhancement, for example a local anaesthetic or dental block.

Ask your aesthetics healthcare professional for advice on the most suitable anaesthetic for your treatment.

How long will my results last?

Restylane dermal fillers and SkinboostersTM offer long-lasting results, varying from 6 to 18 months7. The exact duration will depend on the product you use, your age, the condition of your skin and the area treated.

After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around every 6 to 12 months depending on the individual and the area treated.

For Restylane SkinboostersTM, we recommend following up the initial course of three treatments (spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart) with regular maintenance sessions every 6 months afterwards.

Are there side effects to treatment?

The most common side effects include treatment site reactions such as swelling, bruising, redness, pain, and tenderness. These side effects generally disappear within 1 week after injection. Other potential side effects can occur with dermal filler or Restylane SkinboostersTM injections. You should discuss the potential treatment risks with your aesthetic healthcare professional.

What should I avoid after treatment?

After the treatment, you should avoid exposing the treated area to heat (sunbathing, saunas, steam baths, etc.) or extreme cold until any signs of local inflammation have disappeared.