You may have heard friends or family talking about their satisfaction with Restylane facial injections, and now you want the same. As any responsible person would, you want to research exactly what’s in it and how reputable the company behind it is. We’re going to take a look behind the curtains to talk about who makes Restylane, what is in it, and some things you should be aware of before getting the injections.
Who Makes Restylane?
Restylane is produced by a Swedish medical-device company known as “Q-Med AB”. Q-Med is now a subsidiary of the large Swiss pharmaceutical company, Galderma. In late 2010, Galderma purchased Q-Med, valued at approximately $1 billion dollars. Galderma’s mission for its product line is to provide beautiful, natural looking results while maintaining a long-standing reputation of proven safety and effectiveness.
The FDA approved Q-Med’s flagship Restylane dermal filler in 2003 after deliberating for over a year. Since then, Q-Med has received 150 pre-market approvals by the FDA for the Restylane line of products. This many FDA approvals is testimony to Q-Med’s dedication to developing a safe product for consumers.
Restylane has a great reputation among the medical spa community. It was the first stabilized hyaluronic acid filler in the world that was FDA-approved and not animal derived. Restylane has been reportedly used worldwide in over 20 million treatments and has been tested and followed in clinical trials including over 3,000 patients.
In terms of research, Restylane has hundreds of cited scientific articles that have been published on topics ranging from safety to proper application. With such strong numbers, Restylane has really proven itself a dependable facial injectable filler that provides real results. Aesthetic providers continue to use this trustworthy product because it works and has the data to back up its safety.
What Is In Restylane?
Restylane’s primary ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring sugar that is abundant in the human body. One of the primary locations of HA is the skin, where it serves to help with elasticity and wrinkle prevention. Part of the reason Restylane is a trusted injectable is that it simply reintroduces something that your body produces on its own.
Hyaluronic acid also has a unique ability to hold water which allows it to provide skin moisture, restoring your natural beauty. Results from Restylane typically last under a year, as the product is naturally dissolved by the body over time.
What Should I Look Out For?
As with all skin injection procedures, Restylane carries a slight risk of infection. Generally, risk factors are dependent on the expertise of the person administering the injection and the cleanliness of the injection environment. Bruising may occur when the product is injected through a blood vessel, which causes bleeding under the skin. Temporary swelling or irritation at the injection site are common minor side effects.
Based on reviews of the scientific literature, there is a low incidence of long term adverse effects of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Most cases of the adverse effects were shown to result from the lack of proper hygiene during or after the filler procedure. Patients are therefore advised to understand the risk of reactions to foreign objects (needles). All too often, the reason for post-injection issues is the clinic being contaminated or unsanitary.
To ensure safety and cleanliness, our Denver medical spa maintains the highest standard of hygiene. Our Board Certified Physician Assistant Sarah Kurts ensures the facility keeps to strict requirements and will guide you from start to finish.