What are Restylane® and Perlane®?

The Restylane® family of products includes Restylane and Perlane®. Both are cosmetic dermal fillers that replace lost volume and restore youthful contours to the skin to smooth away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your note to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).

How do I choose between Restylane® and Perlane®?

You don’t have to. In clinical trials, Restylane® and Perlane® were used in the same patients. The hyaluronic acid in both products is made by the same biotechnical process. The difference is in the gel particle size. Perlane® gel particles are larger and designed for deeper injection than Restylane®. Your doctor will decide which product is right for you.

How does my doctor know when to use Restylane® and Perlane®?

Your doctor will decide which product is right for you based on an evaluation of facial wrinkles and folds.

How long to Restylane® products last?

Restylane® products are proven to deliver long-lasting results. Restylane lasts about six months. Perlane® lasts at least six months, in a majority of patients. The products’ patented stabilization technology helps maintain the cosmetic effect for those time periods.

Are Restylane® and Perlane® FDA approved?

Yes. They are approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, like the ones from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Ask you physician whether treatment is right for you.

What is the history of Restylane®?

Restylane® has been used in over 1.4 million treatments in the U.S. and is available in more than 70 countries. It is the most studied cosmetic dermal filler in the world with dozens of publications in medical literature. Clinical studies showed no significant differences in the safety of Restylane® and Perlane®.

What should patients do prior to treatment?

Restylane® and Perlane® require no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. St. John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with your doctor, who may prescribe a medication to minimize recurrence.

Do Restylane® and Perlane® require an allergy test?

No. Restylane® and Perlane® do not require an allergy test and can be administered immediately – no waiting is required.

How are Restylane® products administered?

Restylane® and Perlane® are administered by injection to the treatment site. Before treatment, talk to your doctor about pain management.

Is any of the material left in the skin after it has dissolved?

No. Over time Restylane® and Perlane® products are broken down and eliminated by the body – unlike permanent fillers.

Do the injections hurt?

Restylane® products are injected directly into the skin in small amounts by an ultrafine needle. As with all injections, some patients may experience discomfort. To increase your comfort, your doctor will assess your need for pain management and determine what technique is right for you.

How much do treatments cost?

A Restylane® or Perlane® procedure is customized to your specific needs, so the cost will vary. In general, the cost is comparable to the cost of similar procedures. Ask your doctor to give a cost estimate based on your particular needs.

How often should I schedule an appointment?

How long the aesthetic correction lasts is very individual. Talk to your doctor about the benefits of scheduling a follow-up appointment in about six months.

What are Restylane® and Perlane® products made of?

Restylane® was the first cosmetic dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid that has been modified slightly to last longer than the body’s hyaluronic acid. In the human body, natural hyaluronic acid provides volume and fullness to the skin.

How are Restylane® products different than other hyalronic acid-based products?

Restylane® and Perlane® contain no animal proteins. This limits any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. You should not use Restylane® and Perlane® if you have allergies to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria.

Which dermal filler is the market leader?

Restylane® is the number one selling dermal filler in the U.S. and worldwide.

How do Restylane® and Perlane® products differ from Botox Cosmetic?

Botox® Cosmetic and Restylane® are used to correct wrinkles in different ways. Restylane products are natural, cosmetic fillers injected into the skin, adding volume to smooth wrinkles such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). In contrast, Botox® relaxes the muscles that cause frown lines between your eyebrows.