The Risks and Benefits Associated With Restylane
Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar compound, and the second largest component of human skin next to collagen. It’s the main ingredient of Restalyne, and has been harnessed to become one of the hottest new cosmetic procedures. It’s touted as being less allergy provoking than other substances, and can hold 1,000 times its own weight in water, which allows it to restore significant volume in wrinkles and lines of the skin.
Why is Restalyne Different from Other Fillers?
Restalyne is different in that it is not culled from animal proteins or fat – both of which can cause allergic reactions in certain instances. Because it is not derived from animal products, there is less chance of an allergic reaction or of the body rejecting the serum. Usually there is no patch testing ahead of time, though that is up to the discretion of the doctor administering the product.
So What Are The Risks Of Restalyne?
There is risk with any outside substance being injected into the human body, no matter how many times it has been tested or “natural” it might be. Though there are not many reported, some of the most common side effects or “downsides” of Restalyne include swelling, redness, itching, tenderness and bruising at the injection site.
Though Restylane has been used and tested throughout Europe since the early part of the last decade, the FDA did not approve it until 2003. So, even though it’s been tested in the United States for safety as a cosmetic procedure, there are few definitive studies about its possible effects on people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under the age of 18, and those who are prone to keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring.
In rare cases, headaches, nausea or flu-like symptoms have been reported as side effects.
Restalyne treatments are not recommended for those who absolutely cannot stay out of the sun for a