What is Restylane-L®?

Restylane-L® is an excellent hyaluronic acid option in the world of dermal fillers used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and volume replacement giving gratifying results 10–14 months post injection. While there are many options in the filler family certain products are used in specific areas not only due to FDA approval but also due to physician preference. At River Region Facial Plastics our favorite treatment for Restylane-L® is in the tear trough area of the eyes.

We frequently hear complaints of “tired eyes” or “dark circles” under the eyes. With the use of a blunt tip cannula Restylane-L® provides immediate gratification to reduce the appearance of tired eyes and dark circles by refilling the area of volume loss.

No preparation is necessary to have a Restylane-L® treatment such as allergy testing due to the fact that hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body. HA fillers are not recommended for patients with severe allergies or a history of anaphylaxis.

The risk of bruising or bleeding may be increased by medications with anticoagulant effects, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, Celebrex), high doses of Vitamin E, and certain herbs (Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wart).

The safety of HA fillers in pregnant or breast-feeding women has not been established, and is therefore not recommended for these women.

You can expect temporary minimal swelling under the eye where treated and bruising is minimal, if at all. Post injection swelling and bruising generally resolves within 48 hours post injection. Icing may be effective to expedite the recovery process. Cosmetics may be applied immediately after treatment and we encourage our clients not to massage the area after their treatment.


  • Do ice the treated area as much as possible until bedtime.
  • Do apply make up as desired, if the skin is not broken or irritated.
  • Do clean your face normally.
  • Do expect some red bumps at the injection sites.
  • Do take your cold sore medication (if prescribed).
  • Do call us with any questions or concerns.


  • Do not massage the area.
  • Do not exercise for 24 hours.
  • Do not get excessive sun or heat exposure for 24 hours.
  • Do not take aspirin or other blood thinners (such as Plavix) for one week unless directed otherwise by your 
doctor (consult with your personal physician!).

At River Region Facial Plastics our physicians frequently attend educational seminars in the field of facial rejuvenation and bring the safest and best techniques back to the River Region.

The injection of fillers is both a science and an art, when choosing a physician for your filler treatment we suggest you consider the credentials of the injector as top priority. At River Region Facial Plastics we are board-certified in the face, head and neck highly qualified to give you safe and beautifying results. At River Region Facial Plastics we combine years of experience in providing advanced facial volume correction treatments to our patients.

Dr. Cawthon performs all of our dermal filler injections. To schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss Restylane-L ® – or any other facial rejuvenation procedure, please call 334-834-7221 or fill out our contact form and someone will contact you. You should also read our Dermal Filler Info Sheet PDF (PDF).