Restylane is a crystal-clear, non-animal derived, biodegradable gel based on a natural substance called hyaluronic acid. Restylane is approved by the FDA for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds like the nasolabial folds, which extend from the nose to the corners of your mouth, enabling you to walk back some of the early signs of facial aging without invasive surgery.
Experience shows that Restylane can be effective for up to six months for lip enhancements and for the treatment of wrinkles on the face. In many cases patients return after 9 months or even a year for an additional treatment. Perlane has been shown to last up to six months as well. It is recommended that you plan for regular future visits to maintain the result. Most patients choose to have a follow-up treatment six to twelve months after the initial treatment of wrinkles. This has been shown to increase the length of the result.
The reason Restylane and Perlane generally remains for 6-12 months after injected into the skin is due to its very effective stabilization method. This method allows the volume to remain intact for a long period of time.
As the stabilized hyaluronic acid in Restylane does begin to break down, your body’s water takes its place. The more fragmented the Restylane gel becomes, the more water it is able to bind. This is one of the main reasons Restylane lasts so long.