We celebrate Restylane's 20th anniversary by taking a look back on the history of dermal fillers.

Restylane celebrates 20 years

We never say no to a good party! That’s why we only see it fitting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of our favourite facial rejuvenation tools, Restylane. Instead of a gift of china to celebrate 20 years, we’ll take a syringe or two of dermal filler, pretty please.

It is hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since doctors’ offices around the world were introduced to Restylane.

Even if you haven’t had facial fillers, you’ve probably heard of Restylane. It’s an injectable dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid. Developed in Europe in 1996, Restylane was designed to reduce lines, folds and wrinkles, create fuller lips and enhance contours and facial volume. To celebrate Restylane’s anniversary, let’s look back at how it changed the anti-aging aesthetic game.

It used to be that the only way patients could erase the signs of aging was to get a surgical facelift because dermal fillers in the ’80s and early ’90s were not what they are now.

Bovine collagen and injectable silicone were among the first fillers on the market. Bovine collagen, made from animal products, was known to cause allergic reactions, and injectable silicone was not approved for cosmetic purposes.

Dermal fillers were only for the risk takers until hyaluronic acid fillers were created. Hyaluronic acid is a substance occurring naturally in the human body that attracts and binds water molecules to add volume to the face. Hyaluronic acid fillers last longer than bovine collagen, are safe to use and the body is able to break it down naturally.

Restylane was the world’s first stabilized non-animal hyaluronic acid dermal filler. It gave patients the freedom to refresh their look without the known complications of past fillers. It’s no wonder that since Restylane was introduced, 28 million treatments and counting have been recorded in more than 90 countries.

Twenty years later, the Restylane brand continues to grow.

In 2016, the Restylane family welcomed the Emervel collection of specialized hyaluronic acid fillers to its range. Renamed as Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Volume and Restylane Kysse, these products will give doctors and injection nurses the tools to customize facial rejuvenation to every patient.

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