What is Restylane?
Dr. Rolando Morales has helped thousands of men and women through quick, simple Restylane treatments to achieve a more youthful look, the kind that family, friends, and colleagues can’t help but compliment. Your smile says a lot about you. For that reason, you always want to present the best smile possible. Unfortunately, as you age, the hyaluronic acid (HA) in your skin naturally decreases, causing wrinkles around your lips. The most prominent wrinkles are called nasolabial folds and can be found between your nose and the corners of your mouth. Restylane can easily solve both of these issues by replacing the HA in your skin. It is used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth, the area just below the nose and above the upper lip, the corners of the mouth, the area that extends downward from the corners of the mouth to the jawline. Restylane acts like your body’s own HA, so your treatments will not only look natural, but they will also eventually breakdown naturally, making it very biocompatible.
The biggest factor that determines how great of results you will achieve is who administers your treatments. As a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face and body, Dr. Morales understands the delicate muscle and skeletal anatomy of the face. He is undoubtedly one of the best options in Houston, TX. Dr. Morales is dedicated to give you the best natural aesthetic results possible in an environment that will make you feel relaxed and pampered. Request a consultation today or call to schedule your appointment.
"Wonderful - I saw Dr. Morales for Restylane injections. I had seen another doctor a year ago and the results I received after Dr. Morales did the procedure were 100% better than the other doctor. Thank you Dr. Morales.!! He is professional and wonderful!"- J.S. / RealSelf / May 03, 2018
During your appointment, the areas of the injection sites will be marked and thoroughly cleaned prior to the treatment. With the comfort of local anesthesia, the Restylane filler will be injected into the skin using a fine needle where added volume is desired. After each injection, light pressure and a cooling ointment are applied. Other than feeling a tingling sensation and some visible redness in the areas of the injections, there are usually no other side effects. Most patients are able to return to work with no downtime after their 15-30 minute Restylane procedure.
What to Expect
The results following a Restylane injection will be seen immediately and can last up to a full year. Patients are generally thrilled with the fast-acting, visible results that the injections provide.
While Restylane offers great benefits for patients seeking skin rejuvenation, there are other injectable fillers that may be considered as well. Some of these are comprised of materials such as collagen, polylactic acid, and calcium hydroxyapatite. During your consultation, we will discuss the various fillers that are available today and work with you to understand your aesthetic goals so that the best filler choice can be made.
The average cost for a syringe of Restylane is approximately $650, although this price may vary. The overall cost will be determined based upon how large an area is being treated, and the extent of wrinkles and lines being addressed.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $700 - $1,000
- Recovery Time
- Same Day
- Average Procedure Time
- 15-30 Minutes
- Procedure Recovery Location
What is Restylane Used for in the Skin?
Restylane can smooth out, fill in and decrease wrinkles. It is also intended to plump lips and define the edges of lips. Restylane is helpful because it can fill in and reduce the depth of the nasolabial fold and can also fill in depressed, acne scars.
What is Restylane Made of?
Restylane is a natural substance made of hyaluronic acid, which helps skin hold moisture and reduce wrinkles. When it is injected into the middle layer of the dermis the gel joins to the dermal tissue and it binds to the water molecules and reduces the folds and wrinkles in the skin.
What is Restylane-L?
The “L” stands for lidocaine. By combining the anesthetic lidocaine with Restylane and Perlane, both Restylane-L and Perlane-L help reduce discomfort during and after treatment.
What About Perlane?
Ideal for deeper folds and restoring and reshaping areas of the face where there is significant volume loss, what makes Perlane different is the average size of the particles and the depth of injection. On average, the gel particles in Perlane are larger than those in Restylane, which makes Perlane a good choice for wrinkles that benefit from a deeper injection into the skin.
Do Restylane Injections Hurt?
Dr. Morales personally injects Restylane in the office by appointment. A topical numbing cream is usually used to help with discomfort.
Does Restylane Have Side Effects?
After treatment, it is possible that you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. Swelling may be more likely in patients under the age of 36, and bruising may be more likely in patients over the age of 35. If you have been treated with Restylane for the lips, it can take up to 14 days for mild swelling to subside. For the nasolabial folds or "smile lines" it can take up to 7 days for any swelling to disappear.
How Long Does Restylane Last?
Restylane can last up to 6 months. In our experience, results of hyaluronic acid filler products are quite consistent, all lasting an average of 6-9 months. Longevity of the product also depends on the skin quality and location where the product was injected. Follow-up injections help maintain the results longer. Many patients recognize their results for a full year or longer, however due to the individual and uniqueness of each patient, it is best not to suggest this will be true for all.
Are There Reasons Not to Use Restylane?
Restylane should not be used by people with allergies to lidocaine, certain microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria and by people with previous bad allergies to drugs who have required in-hospital treatment. Restylane should not be used by people with bleeding disorders, who are or may become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or under 18 years. Injections should not be made anywhere except the skin or just under the skin.
What Should I Tell Dr. Morales in My Consultation?
Tell Dr. Morales if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, so he may prescribe a medication to minimize recurrence. You should also tell him if you have recently used aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements, these agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.