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About treatment

Treatment with a product from the Restylane® family typically takes less than one hour (individual treatment times may vary). Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with the Restylane family of products.

  • Talk to your doctor about options to make you as comfortable as possible during the procedure, including Restylane-L®, Perlane-L®, and pain medication.
  • Your doctor will cleanse and prepare the area(s) to be treated.
  • The clear gel in the Restylane family of products is injected into the treatment area(s) using an ultra-fine needle to create the desired aesthetic effect.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18 years, you should not use products in the Restylane family.

Pre-treatment guidelines

  • Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John's wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • Talk with your doctor if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores. He or she may prescribe a medication to minimize recurrence.

Post-treatment checklist

  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
  • Avoid exposure to intense heat (e.g., sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
  • Reduce the risk of facial cold sore recurrence that could be caused by needle punctures. Talk with your doctor about medications that may minimize an outbreak.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John's wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • After your treatment, you might have swelling, redness, pain, itching, discolouration, and tenderness at the site of treatment. This will typically last less than a week. Contact your doctor if you experience side effects beyond 14 days. Remember to ask about follow-up appointments.