After the injection some common injection-related reactions might occur, such as swelling, redness, pain, itching, bruising, skin discoloration and tenderness at the injection sight. These typically resolve spontaneously within 2-3 days after injection into the skin and within a week after injection into the lips. Other types of reactions are very rare, but about 1 in 5,000 treated patients have experienced localized reactions thought to be of a hypersensitive nature. These have usually consisted of swelling at the injection site, sometimes affecting the surrounding tissues. Redness, tenderness and, rarely, acne-like formations have also been reported. The onset of these reactions has occurred one to several weeks after the initial treatment. The average duration of this effect is 2 weeks.
Depending on the area treated and skin type, the injection effects of a treatment with Restylane can last 6-9 months, but in some cases the duration of the effect can be shorter or even longer. Touch-up and follow-up treatments help sustain the desired degree of correction.
As with any medical procedure; you should be aware of the safety issues and restrictions associated with this treatment. They are as follows:
-There are risks of infection, lumpiness, redness, swelling, pain, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site. Typically resolution is within 2-3 days after injection.
-Hypersensitivity has been reported in about one in every 5,000 treated patients. This consists of excessive swelling and firmness and is usually self resolved in about 2 weeks.
-Do not expose the treated area to heat, such as sunbathing or tanning booths.
Results will vary by individual. You should not receive this treatment if you have unattainable expectations.
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