At Illuminesse, we are also trained in the advanced uses of fillers for cheek augmentation, nasal re-shaping. restoring cheek volume, and also hand rejuvenating.

To ensure product authenticity and safety, The Illuminesse Clinic uses only Restylane® purchased directly from it's parent company.

Why Dermal Fillers?

For patients with well-defined wrinkles or creases, such as the fold between their nose and mouth and marionette lines around the mouth, most cosmetic practitioners agree that injectable fillers are the best non-surgical treatment available to date. At Illuminesse, we are also trained in the advanced uses of fillers for cheek augmentation, nasal re-shaping. restoring cheek volume, and also hand rejuvenating.

Restylane® is a cosmetic dermal filler which replaces lost volume and restores youthful contours to the skin to smooth away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.  Restylane® filler injections are composed of a clear hyaluronic acid-based gel that not only fills in lines and wrinkles in the face, but also adds moisture and lubrication to the skin, making it feel younger and more comfortable.          

They are also great for filling and plumping the lips like Movie stars.   

About Restylane

Restylane® is a gel made from hyaluronic acid, found naturally in your body. These molecules attract water, and add fullness to lost volume in areas of facial folds. Depending on factors such as the depth of the folds, areas being treated, and patient desires, we can determine the correct filler for you, and the correct amounts. Restylane® treatments come in a few different forms, each of which is designed to treat specialised problems. All forms of the gel are based on the same kind of hyaluronic acid, but the sizes of the particles within them differ from one to the next. Restylane® Touch has small particles and is used in the thin upper layers of the skin to fill in fine creases and age lines. Deeper lines can be treated with Restylane® Perlane injections, which can also be used to add volume to features like the chin and cheeks. Perlane lasts the longest of the Restylane® formulations. At Illuminesse, you have a choice of 4 Restylane formulations to best suit your needs.

One of the most attractive aspects of the Restylane® treatment is that it does not require a preliminary skin test. Because Restylane® is a non-animal-based filler and also colourless, there is very little chance that an allergic reaction will occur. This is good news for those who are interested in firming their face, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and adding volume to lips, but are allergic to the animal components that are found in most other injectibles.



Before receiving treatment, you should stop taking aspirin, Vitamin E supplements, and fish oil supplements, as these can increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site and may also lengthen your healing time. Your doctor will advise you if any other medications you are taking could interfere with your treatment, and these medications should be avoided as well. If you have any other health concerns, make sure to share these with your doctor, as well.

A mild anesthetic is advised, although not always necessary. It may be topical, or a dental block as requested by a patient. Fillers are injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple, convenient and the results are practically instantaneous. Treatment time is approximately 20 minutes.

The results are seen instantaneously, although there may be some redness or mild bruising for a few days. Fillers can last from 6-12 months.

When used with BOTOX® Cosmetic, Erbium Laser Resurfacing, Facial Peels, and our cosmeceuticals, the long-term results are excellent.

After Care

Restylane® aftercare is simple and does not generally interfere with the daily routines of patients. Patients should avoid over exposure to heat and sunlight, as they might increase swelling and bruising at the injection site. Also, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, laser skin tightening, and other laser enhancements should be avoided as there is a chance that they may cause inflammation. Post-treatment pain should be minimal. A common complaint among those who have undergone Restylane® treatment is swelling, though this should subside in the first few days after the injection. Healing time varies from person to person, however, so some may experience redness and swelling slightly longer than others.

Doctors will advise their patients to avoid flexing their facial muscles in the area of treatment. Stretching your muscles can disturb the Restylane® gel. For the first 24 hours after treatment, it is best to avoid sudden movements in the enhanced area. For example, a patient who has undergone a Restylane® treatment for lip augmentation might be advised against excessive laughing, as this will stretch the surrounding muscles and may bother the Restylane® gel. As part of the Restylane® aftercare procedure, it is also advisable to use a cold pack as needed to reduce swelling and redness at the injection site.

NOTE: If you are considering Dermal fillers before a social event such as an important dinner, or wedding, we would advise against doing the procedure on the same day, although same day procedures are perfectly acceptable. This would be to make allowances for mild redness or swelling.

Natural Tips

Here are some all-natural over-the-counter remedies for discomfort you may feel. These tips help deal with the minor bruises and swelling.

Tea bag: Place a cooled tea bag on a bruise and leave it there for an extended period to help it heal faster (the best type would be comfrey, if you have it)

Vinegar: Soak a cloth with white vinegar and place it on your bruise for up to 60 minutes (cut it with distilled water if you don't like the smell).

Vitamin K: Eat leafy green vegetables days before fillers and you'll be more resistant to bruising. Aim for 60-80 mcg a day without taking supplements (for example, 1/4 cup broccoli has about 105 mcg, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise has 11 mcg)

Witchhazel: Place a cloth soaked with distilled witch hazel to the area of the body that is swollen.

Ice packs: Always the old standby. Using them will reduce any redness and swelling.


Maintaining Restylane® Results

The results of Restylane® tend to last 6-9 months. Touchups may be needed after six months in areas that are more prone to movement, such as the lips. Also, some patients desire a touchup treatment during the first two weeks after their initial procedure. After this time, you may choose to undergo another Restylane® treatment, and since each subsequent treatment tends to last longer than the previous one, your results can be easily maintained by seeing your doctor regularly. If you don’t choose to have additional Restylane® injections, the hyaluronic acid will absorb naturally into your skin, and leave no trace of a cosmetic filler.

The most important thing to remember about Restylane® treatment and other injectables in its class is that they are temporary and the effects will eventually fade.

Remember, you get the best results when Restylane® is used with BOTOX® Cosmetic, Erbium Laser Resurfacing, Facial Peels, and our cosmeceuticals.


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