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If you’re considering Restylane injections, then you likely want to know what to expect after your injections. Restylane is an injectable dermal filler made up of hyaluronic acid (HA). There are a few other HA fillers available in addition to Restylane (such as Juvederm, Restylane Lyft, and Silk); and while all these products are used in slightly different ways, the recovery period for all is generally the same.
Bruising and swelling are the two most common side effects of Restylane injections. Just like other side effects, the severity can vary from patient to patient. It’s difficult to predict beforehand how any one patient will be affected by bruising or swelling.
We tell all our patients planning to have Restylane injections that they may need a few days of “social downtime” afterward. This means that they will feel fine but may not look exactly right to go out and be around co-workers, friends, or classmates. All patients benefit from the use of cold compresses or small ice packs gently applied off and on to the treated area, and usually, a bit of makeup is all that is necessary to hide a bruise.
All in all, there really isn’t true “downtime” after Restylane injections. But, if you’re planning on having your treatment prior to a big event (wedding, reunion, pictures, etc.), you should schedule your treatment at least two weeks before to make sure you’re looking top-notch for your big day. Read more about Some Facial Shaping Techniques and Removing Wrinkles.