What does the procedure involve and how long does it work?
Restylane Vital is injected via a very small needle with very small deposits being placed deep in the skin throughout the area being treated. For optimal results, an initial course of 3 treatments at 4 week intervals is recommended. After that a 6 monthly maintenance treatment may be required, although in time these maintenance treatments become more and more infrequent.
Does it hurt?
The treatment takes about 15-30 minutes, and is not very painful at all. Depending on the patient’s pain threshold we can numb the skin with a topical cream.
Are there any side effects?
Some injection related side-effects can occur including redness, tenderness, swelling and bruising and none of these are ever very serious and they will resolve in a matter of days. Because we are treating quite exposed areas such as your hands, careful planning of the social calendar for a day or two after the procedure is necessary.
Major long term side-effects are incredibly rare, and hypersensitivity reactions are reported to be as rare as 1 in 20,000 according to latest research.