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Side Effects of Restylane Fillers

Restylane is a dermal filler brand that uses hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin and smooth wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body and dissolves in time. But you create less and less hyaluronic acid as you age, which can be a problem especially if you want to maintain moisture and volume on your skin.Fortunately, Restylane dermal fillers can replenish your skin's hyaluronic acid levels. But even if hyaluronic acid is produced by the body, it can still have some drawbacks.

So does Restylane have side effects? Yes it has. Swelling, bruising, discomfort, itching at the injection site, and headache are all common side effects, but these shouldn’t worry you as they will resolve on their own. If you want to avoid unwanted complications from your Restylane filler treatments, it’s best to pick a reputable provider.

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What Are The Side Effects and Complications of Restylane Fillers?

There are dangers and potential side effects with any medical procedure. Restylane has a few minor negative effects that, of course, vary depending on how it's used. 

Swelling, redness, discomfort, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and reduced hand function are the most common side effects. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, herpetic eruption recurrence, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. All skin injection procedures can put you at a high risk of getting an infection, so make sure you get a trusted provider to perform these on you.

1) Swelling, Bruising, and Soreness

Swelling, bruising, or soreness at the injection site is to be expected, as with any type of injection. These are usually modest in severity and persist less than 7 days in the nasolabial folds and 14 to 18 days in the lips. Swelling may be more common in people under the age of 36, whereas bruising may be more common in patients over the age of 35.

2) Lumps, Nodules, and Scabs

There have been reports of lumps or granulomas in rare situations. These negative effects are easily cured with hyaluronidase therapy, which is an enzyme that accelerates the natural breakdown of the injected hyaluronic acid filler.

Another potentially dangerous side effect is the formation of nodules after the injection, which can also be addressed with hyaluronidase. Scabs may occur on the injection site as well.

The ones listed above are common and mild side effects that many who undergo treatment experience. In rare cases, some patients may experience severe side effects and complications. These are incredibly uncommon but are still important to note.

3) Hypersensitivity Reactions

A study found that it’s possible for some patients to experience hypersensitive reactions to Restylane. Moderate to severe hypersensitivity reactions occurred within 1 to 2 days following implantation and could last up to 3 weeks. 

4) Allergic Reactions

The same study found that some individuals reported post-injection responses, including significant swelling of the lips and the entire face. However, these cases were known to be rare instances of allergic reactions against Restylane. If your body happens to react abnormally towards Restylane fillers, then you should seek medical help immediately and stop getting these treatments.

Who Is Eligible For Restylane Fillers? 

If you have any of these things, you may not be qualified to undergo Restylane filler treatments. To be sure, consult with your physician first before proceeding with any procedure:

  • Allergic to lidocaine
  • Allergic to gram-positive bacterial proteins needed to make hyaluronic acid
  • Prone to bleeding
  • Suffering from a bleeding disease
  • Scarring and pigmentation issues
  • Taking medications like aspirin or warfarin
  • Currently have sores, pimples, or rashes
  • Currently have hives, cysts, or skin infections

Having any of these may raise your risk of bruising or bleeding at the site of the gel injection. It’s better to forgo getting Restylane fillers until your skin has fully healed, or explore other options for fillers especially if your condition is ongoing and won’t heal anytime soon.

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What To Expect Before Restylane Treatment

Restylane procedures frequently begin with a consultation with your dermatologist. It’s here that you will be able to discuss any issues, learn about the benefits, and address any worries or misgivings. Your dermatologist will want to know everything about your medical history and current medications. You're a good candidate if you're generally healthy and have no known severe allergies.

To be safe, pregnant or breastfeeding women should postpone the injection. If you have skin sores, cysts, rashes, or other skin infections, treat them first before attempting to use fillers. Your dermatologist will mark the problematic areas, discuss the type of Restylane and the number of units required, and then schedule the operation.

What To Expect During Restylane Treatment

You should avoid drinking alcohol in the week preceding up to your appointment because it can cause healing to be delayed. Your Restylane visit should last approximately 30 minutes and is usually scheduled during lunchtime. A numbing agent is typically prescribed by your dermatologist. However, numbing drug Lidocaine is commonly added into the filler component in products such as Restylane-L. Your dermatologist injects one or more syringes of filler into your skin based on the areas being treated.

What To Expect After Restylane Treatment

Once the Restylane has been applied, the dermatologist will observe you for a few minutes to ensure that there are no adverse reactions. There will be some bruising, bleeding, and swelling. It may take up to 2 weeks for the filler to settle. You'll see considerable variations in your wrinkles, creases, and overall appearance at this time. 

Your task for the following 2 weeks will be to control any potential adverse effects. The filler will gradually fade away over the course of several months. A follow-up appointment should be scheduled at least 4 to 6 months after therapy.

What Are Alternatives to Restylane Fillers?

Given these side effects and complications, it’s understandable that many might opt to look for alternatives instead.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a miracle skincare regimen or a specific product that can replace or precisely imitate the effect of filler. That being said, preventative skincare, along with other lifestyle habits and practices, can make a significant difference in the texture and future of your skin. In addition, you may wish to consider the following alternatives to Restylane treatments:

1) Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion involves rubbing away the skin's surface layer, known as the stratum corneum. By eliminating old cells from the skin's surface, new cells begin to form. Because the damaged cells are removed, certain visible defects are also removed, and smooth skin is replaced. This process is designed to reduce not only wrinkles and fine lines, but also blemishes and sun damage.

2) Skin Resurfacing with Laser

Similar to microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing includes the removal of skin layers. The key distinction between the two is that laser skin resurfacing uses a laser rather than microscopic abrasive particles. Following the removal of the skin layers, the healing process begins, and new skin cells form to fill in cracks and wrinkles. 

This procedure is suitable for people who want to remove wrinkles or acne scars. Laser skin resurfacing, unlike some of the other alternatives for addressing skin defects, takes 10 to 21 days to cure and may leave skin inflamed and red for 2 to 3 months.

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woman receiving an injection of dermal fillers in her lips by professional medical doctor

Restylane is without a doubt one of the most effective and long-lasting fillers on the market. Restylane may be a suitable option if you have medium to deep wrinkles, particularly nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It’s critical to consult with a trusted aesthetician to get the results that you want safely and seamlessly.

We are known for offering the most advanced treatments and exceptional patient care at aNu Aesthetics. Our well-trained and experienced personnel are happy to give you a safe and stress-free experience. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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