Genifer Y. Chavez, MD MPH
Look and feel great at any age ... without surgery!
Restylane Dermal Filler

"Instant Results" ... 

Today, you no longer need to "go under the knife" to achieve
the refreshed, rejuvenated look you want. The arrival of new,
non-surgical procedures, including Restylane, are making it
easier to turn back the hands of time.

Q: What is Restylane®?

A. Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that
restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate
to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds

In a simple procedure, Restylane
is injected directly into mid-
o-deep dermis for long-lasting correction of facial wrinkles
folds. Results from a typical Restylane treatment have been
documented to last for about six months. However, individual results may vary. Restylane offers instant long-lasting wrinkle correction!   See "Before and After" photos below. 

Q: What is Restylane® made of? 

A: Restylane is a cosmetic dermal filler composed of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin and lips.  The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a crystal-clear gel called NASHA.   NASHA is biodegradable and completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.

Q: How is Restylane® different than other hyaluronic acid-based products?

A: Unlike rooster-derived hyaluronic acids and bovine collagen products, Restylane is free from animal proteins. This limits any risk of animal-based disease transmissions or development of allergic reactions to animal proteins.

Q: What should patients do prior to treatment?

A: Restylane requires no pre-testing, but you should take a few precautions before being treated.  Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, St. John's wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site.  Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence.

Q: Is Restylane® safe? 

A: Yes. Restylane has been used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons since 1996
worldwide. Restylane has a highly favorable safety profile. It's composed of non-animal
stabilized hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the human
body. Restylane is fully bio compatible. There is limited risk of animal-based disease
transmission or development of allergic reactions to animal proteins. No allergy testing
is required before use.* The most commonly reported side effects were temporary redness
and swelling at the injection site.  These effects typically resolve in less than seven days. 

  • The safety of Restylane for use during pregnancy, in breastfeeding females or in
    patients under 18 years has not been established. 

  • The safety of Restylane in patients with increased susceptibility to keloid formation
    and hypertrophic scarring has not been studied. Restylane should not be used in
    patients with known susceptibility to keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. 

  • The patient should be informed that he or she should minimize exposure of the
    treated area to excessive sun and UV lamp exposure and extreme cold weather
    until any initial swelling and redness has resolved. 

  • If laser treatment, chemical peeling or any other procedure based on active dermal
    response is considered after treatment with Restylane there is a possible risk of
    eliciting an inflammatory reaction at the implant site. This also applies if Restylane
    is administered before the skin has healed completely after such a procedure. 
Q: Can Restylane® be used anywhere on the face?   

A: Restylane has been used in more than 1.5 million treatments in over 60 countries to
correct a variety of wrinkles. It is currently indicated in the U.S. for the treatment of moderate
to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.

Q: How long does Restylane® last? 

A: Restylane is proven to deliver long-lasting results. Studies have shown that Restylane
effects generally last for about six months. The unique NASHA™ technology helps maintain
the cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone.

Q: How often should I have Restylane® treatments done?

A: Treatments are typically scheduled at six-month intervals. Please be sure to consult
your physician about recommendations for follow-up treatments.

Q: How is Restylane® different from Botox®?

A: Restylane is a natural, cosmetic filler. In contrast, Botox is a drug that blocks nerve
transmission and relaxes the underlying muscles. Many patients have been very pleased
after receiving treatment with both products.

Q: How is Restylane® different from bovine collagen?

A: Bovine collagen is derived from animals (cow) and requires an allergy test.
can be administered without pre testing
, so no waiting is required. With
Restylane there is limited risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.*

Q: Do the injections hurt?

A: Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultra fine needle,
resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient, and results
are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, we generally anesthetize the treatment area.

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Before and After Pictures:


      Before Treatment       After Treatment


      Before Treatment       After Treatment


Dr. Genifer Y. Chavez, MD MPH practices Wellness Medicine and Medical Aesthetics at her office located at:

5930 E Pima St., Suite 124
Tucson, AZ  85712

Phone: (520) 296-0635

Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m by appointment only

How to find us:

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