What Does Restylane Look Like?

How can I be sure what I am getting injected is Restylane?  What is the product supposed to look like?

Doctor Answers 4

Restylane make sure it is the real thing

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid which is a clear gel. If you have any questions as to what you may be injected with ask for the physician to open the box for you and give you the coded serial number or box top. This is not an unusual request as most of the time there are rebates offered by Restylane and if you sign up for that with copy of payment and syringe or lot number you are entitled to a corporate rebate. Make sure you go to a reputable physician and this should not be in question.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How to know if you are being injected with Restylane

To know that you are being injected with Restylane, make sure the liquid in the syringe is clear first. Request the "box-top" for the syringe as Medicis (the makers of Restylane) have a rewards program that you can sign up for at www.restylaneusa.com. You can also request the package insert that goes with the syringe.

Finally, the best way to know that you are getting the right product is to look for a physician or injector that has a good reputation. Try to get a referral from a friend that has already had procedures at the office you're referred to.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The Real Restylane

Restylane is made up of hyaluronic acid.  It's a clear gel that is made up of very small particles.  If you're getting injected with anything that has a color, question your physician.  If it's white it may be Radiesse.

Ask your physician to show you the Box

The best way to tell this is to ask for the box beforehand. Tell the physician that you would like the box before the injections and the handout for post-injectiin care. Merely say that you want to be sure that these items are not forgotten when you leave.

Or you can be more direct and just say you would like to see the box.

Restylane, through Medicis, has a seal-like proof of purchase sticker at one end of the box. If you see this, you can be sure that it is Restylane.

It would be very difficult to tell the difference merely looking at the product itself.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist
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