Can I Have Restylane Injections While Having Laser Hair Removal on my Face?

I am interested in having restylane Under my eyes. However I am also having laser hair removal on my face. Is this ok or will it affect the filler.

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Fort Lauderdale Restylane

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Hair removal technologies do involve two common wavelengths of light, particularly 810 nm & 1064. These wavelengths do target melanin specifically, however, the side act in doing so is heating of the surrounding dermis to higher than normal temperatures. If your product is placed deep in the subcutis for volume lifting I would have no concern. If rather your product is placed intradermally for fine lines there could be disruption of the product.

Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon

Restylane and Laser Hair Removal

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The answer is yes; however, I would not have the treatments on the same day.  I usually like to space treatments at least a week or two apart to avoid over inflaming the skin.  Since lasers to remove hair target the pigment in the hair follicles, fillers such as Restylane are not affected.

Lori Stetler, MD
Dallas Dermatologic Surgeon

Restylane and Laser Hair Removal

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Yes, you can have restylane injections while having laser hair removal on the face.  I would advise laser first, and filler second.

Deborah Sarnoff, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Restylane - Can I Have Restylane Injections While Having Laser Hair Removal on my Face?

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You can, but I would advise you not to.

I don't know of any studies showing that this is harmful, but it seems to be asking for trouble to undergo two such different procedures on the same day.  The Restylane treatment is, of course, an injection, which means that you could have some bruising, swelling, etc.  The LHR involves the absorption of energy by pigmented cells.  We really don't know how one might affect the other; whether the energy would be absorbed differently if there is swelling, or whether the injections after the LHR might look a little different than usually, etc.

I would probably wait about a week so that the effects of the first treatment (not the results - the effects of the treatment itself) have abated by the time you have the second.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Author of Restylane, BodySculpture, The Slim Book of Liposuction, and EyeScapes.

Restylane and Laser Hair Removal

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You should have no problem having laser hair removal and Restylane injections done in your tear troughs on the same day.  If it is your upper cheeks (or any overlapping areas)  you are having injected as well as laser hair removal done on, I would consider waiting a few days in between treatments. 


Good luck~

Dr. Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

Restylane and Laser hair removal

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As long as both treatments are in different areas there should be no problem having both Restylane injected into your tear troughs and laser hair removal on the same day. If they were in the same area, you could have the laser first and then have your filler treatment immediately after, assuming you do not have swelling. If you typically swell after your laser treatments you should wait a few days before having your filler treatment to that area.

Lorrie Klein, MD
Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 217 reviews

Can I Have Restylane Injections While Having Laser Hair Removal on my Face?

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Technically you could but since both the LHR and the Restylane injections cause trauma to the skin, I'd avoid doing both in the same location at the same time.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Lasers for hair removal are not known to heat hyaluronic acid fillers

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Dr. Schwartz's post is right on.  I cannot imagine a cause for laser hair removal underneath the eye, and further, the hyaluronic acid filler does not contain any pigment that is the target of the laser for the hair removal.  That is why blond or gray hairs cannot be treated with laser hair removal because there is not pigment for the laser to target.  Safe, not a problem.  Especially because they are in different locations.

Daniel I. Wasserman, MD
Naples Dermatologic Surgeon

Restylane for tear drops

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Restylane is safe to use at the same time as laser hair removal given certain provisos.  First, best to use away from the area of the laser.  For example, it is OK to use Restylane for tear drops if the laser is being used for the moustache or body hair.  Second, use the Restylane for deeper injections if laser is to be used.  For example, a deep injection in the nasolabial folds can be used at the same time as a moustache laser.  Third, don't use Restylane for superficial corrections (such as fine lines around the mouth) at the same time. 

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Yes, not problem.

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I agree with Dr. Schwartz.  There is no problem doing this on the same day.  We do it all of the time and nothing bad has every happened.  The Restylane is at a much deeper level than the laser.

Mark Taylor, MD
Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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