With time the lines on our faces change. The skin's
natural materials, like collagen and elastic tissue,
slowly diminish. This results in the deepening of our
normal lines and folds. As well our lips, cheeks or
other facial areas can decrease in size. For
centuries doctors have been looking for the perfect
material to place in these areas giving a safe, fast,
and natural looking improvement. Now a product
has arrived that can provide us with all of the things
we are looking for.

Restylane®, and its derivatives are made of hyaluronic acid. This is a naturally
occurring substance in our skin. It is always around our own collagen and helps
provide the skin with its volume and is important to its normal functioning.
Previously this was a difficult product to make but through excellent research a
safe and stable form is available.

Restylane®, Perlane, and Restylane Fine are all made synthetically and unlike
most injectables are not manufactured using any animal products. This means
that the risk of allergy is so low that testing to this product is not even
necessary. As well sensitivities or allergies to eggs, chicken, or beef are not
concerns, nor is the risk of any infections animals may carry.

Unlike other esthetic products, the Q-Med Esthetics products Perlane,
Restylane
® and Restylane Fine Lines has undergone extensive histological and
clinical studies. There is an impressive and increasing body of evidence of their
ease to use, tolerability and effectiveness. A number of comparative studies with
other implant materials are ongoing.

Each Q-Med Esthetics product contains the same high concentration of
stabilized hyaluronic acid: 20 mg per ml. The NASHA gel concentration has
been carefully selected to provide optimal maintenance of volume for tissue
augmentation and lifting.

Since the Q-Med Esthetics products contain only minimally modified hyaluronic
acid, a natural constituent of human tissues, it is biocompatible and very safe.
There are no contraindications to the use of Q-Med Esthetics products
and the precautions are mainly those that should be observed for any intradermal
injection.

How long the effect of Restylane
® products lasts is very individual. It depends on
many factors, such as the structure of the skin, lifestyle and age as well as on
the degree of perfection demanded by the individual.  Clinical experience also
indicates better duration results if each product is injected as superficially as
possible within the recommended tissue depth. This approach should take into
consideration the location and size of the area being treated, patient requests,
skin type and other factors.

Clinical trials show that Restylane
® is effective for up to one year after the
treatment of wrinkles and six months after lip augmentation.


Dr. Solish can be contacted at:

66 Avenue Road (concourse level)
Suite 1, Toronto, ON. M5R 3N8
Enter off Lowther street
Phone: 416-964-8888

Restylane®, Restylane Fine Lines and Perlane are trademarks owned by
Q-Med Esthetics.