Restylane Benefits vs Cost & Side Effects

If the lines on your face bother you when you look in the mirror, you may be considering Restylane injections. Many wonder if the benefits of Restylane are worth the cost and possible side effects.

Restylane is a filler containing non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid that is injected under the skin. It is most often used for lip augmentation and to fill in wrinkles and age lines on your face. Restylane is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The cost of Restylane is $400-$800 per syringe, but beware of choosing your doctor on the basis of cost alone, and remember the old adage that you get what you pay for. A plastic surgeon or experienced board-certified dermatologist may charge more, but you are more likely to get the results you want with a natural appearance and less chance of complications. If not done correctly, you may end up with a bumpy or uneven look, or your lower face may appear square. In rare cases, scar tissue may be created by the injection, which will leave permanent bumps.

The procedure is done in under an hour at your doctor’s office. The typical recovery time after an injection is 2 to 3 days. There are usually red bumps that disappear after a few hours. In some cases, swelling may occur and last up to 10 days. Once recovered, your skin will have a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Although most patients recover quickly, a common problem of lip augmentation is the resulting duck-like appearance where there is an imbalance between the top and bottom lips. In addition, sometimes severe swelling and/or bruising will occur, causing black marks to appear around the lips.

It is important to note that the effects of Restylane are not permanent, and you will need another application in approximately six months. However, since each treatment lasts longer than the previous one, if injected regularly, you will see the benefits for years to come.

As with any medical procedure, there are pros and cons of Restylane injections, and only you can decide if the benefits are worth the risks. So do your homework, and if you do decide to give it a try, be sure to choose a skilled and experienced doctor, who will make you happy to look in the mirror once again.

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