Restylane injection is a popular treatment for the temporary correction of facial wrinkles and folds. Made with special cross-linked hyaluronic acid, Restylane works by restoring hydration and volume to the tissue. As one of the first dermal fillers of its kind, Restylane is a trusted product that is frequently used by cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists.


Why undergo a Restylane injection? For most patients, the treatment is performed to reduce the appearance of the nasolabial folds, aka “smile lines.” These distinct lines travel from each side of your nose to the sides of your mouth. For women as well as men, these are a common, age-related condition.

Aside from the nasolabial folds (NLFs), hyaluronic acid wrinkle fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm) are used in a variety of cosmetic applications. Dr. Petro may recommend one for the treatment of fine wrinkles, sunken areas of skin, marionette lines, or even for lip enhancement.


If Dr. Petro recommends Restylane, she will provide detailed information about the treatment, including details on the product, its uses, possible side effects, expected results, duration, and more.

Before injection, the doctor identifies areas for wrinkle correction and then cleans them with antiseptic. Numbing cream can be applied first, but may not be necessary – especially with Restylane-L the latest version that contains anesthetic in its formulation.

Using a special technique, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Melanie Petro injects Restylane beneath the skin. Once the hyaluronic acid enters the tissue, it binds with water and the natural hyaluronic acid in your skin. A brief hand massage on the treated area may be performed to ensure the treated area blends in with the contour of the surrounding skin.


You’ll notice the results right away, and the area may even feel puffy for a short time. Minor swelling is normal and can be managed with ice if necessary. During the first 24 hours after Restylane treatment, you should avoid rigorous exercise, sun exposure, heat exposure and alcohol consumption, which may cause unwanted side effects.

Results of Restylane last about six to twelve months, so you may want to plan for touch up injections if you want to maintain the results. In many cases, repeat injections require less filler to achieve satisfactory results.


What do you need to know about Restylane? Contact Petro Facial Plastic Surgery and Medspa in Birmingham to get answers. To receive updates about Restylane specials, please subscribe to our email list.

For more information please call our office at (205) 420-8043.