Popular dermal fillers are regularly used to enhance lips and reduce wrinkles around the face. Before agreeing to an injection however, it is important to know all potential Restylane side effects. Some patients are not suitable candidates for this facial filler. In addition, all cosmetic procedures, even if non-invasive, present risks of varying magnitudes. However, compared to other cosmetic surgery procedures, especially Botox injections, there are not that many negative Restylane side effects to worry about.
How Facial Fillers Like Restylane Work
Facial fillers work to smooth wrinkles by adding volume to the skin and absorbing fluid. As a result, the most common side effects of Restylane include swelling and fullness. If swelling is severe, this may be an allergic reaction to the material, but the chances are not likely. Some documented cases note negative reactions in patients either with genetic disorders or with those taking ACE inhibitors. Swelling for most patients usually subsides within two weeks, and will not be a permanent Restylane side effect.
Restylane Side Effects
Other side effects of Restylane include bruises, lumps and blue hues around the injection site. Bumps and bluish tints are a direct result of the needle not being properly administered. These Restylane side effects will not be experienced by a reputable and experienced dermatologist. If after a few days you continue to feel lumps beneath the skin, ask your doctor to correct the problem immediately. Bumps may be manipulated through massage. Lumps around the eyes, however, are harder to correct because tissue is thin. Since Restylane lasts for as long as 18 months, this problem may be ongoing for the same time period. That is another reason to seek an experienced surgeon or dermatologist who is careful with injections.
Patients have also reported lip lumps and droopy mouths, resulting in distracting smiles. Massage is an option to correct lumpy distortions but crooked smiles cannot be fixed until the material has dissolved. Since it will eventually dissolve on its own, these will not be permanent side effects of Restylane, but rather, only temporary. If the lips do not improve after two weeks, hyaluronidase injections can eliminate the Restylane immediately. If you are not happy with the results of Restylane, remember, it will eventually dissolve, so the chance of long term negative Restylane side effects is very low.
People Who Should Avoid Restylane
Patients who are allergic to anesthesia, drugs or gram-positive bacteria are not eligible for Restylane. The filler is also not recommended for individuals with hemophilia or other blood disorders. Pregnant women and breastfeeding moms are not appropriate candidates because safety to the fetus and baby has not yet been established. Patients with skin problems, including acne, cold sores and hives, are advised to wait for skin to clear before scheduling an appointment.
Choosing a Doctor for Restylane
Since late 2003, Restylane is FDA approved for the treatment of face wrinkles. It is strongly advised to seek an experienced, board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform the injection. Although risk is always present, qualified practitioners are able to mitigate potential Restylane side effects through conscientious care. Always ask to see before and after photos of the doctor’s work to gauge how their skill and expertise, and also ask them how many times they perform Restylane injections per month, as well as other facial fillers. Also, it may be a good idea to ask them how many of their patients are pleased with the short term and long terms results of the Restylane.