Restylane® is a dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that is already present in your body. Hyaluronic acid is an important part of keeping skin firm. As a facial filler, it works by attracting and binding water molecules, thereby increasing the volume of water in your skin cells. This additional volume smooths out folds, wrinkles, and lines for a more youthful appearance. It is common today for many spas and clinics to offer Restylane® injections. Keep in mind that, although it is a non-surgical treatment, Restylane® is still a medical procedure and should only be performed by a physician- especially a plastic surgeon trained and experienced in facial surgery. Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michel Siegel has used Restylane® to help many patients achieve glowing, firm skin over the years. He custom tailors a treatment package for each patient’s unique needs to help them achieve optimal outcomes with this minimally invasive treatment.


One week after my rhinoplasty I walked into Dr. Siegel’s office to finally see the results. I’d waited for this moment for more than ten years- and I was nervous. I’d compulsively found every list online of botched nose jobs. I researched all the worst possible outcomes of recovery, but there I was just one week later; I wasn’t stuffed with gauze, there was no heavy bruising, and it certainly didn’t hurt. Just a simple splint and what felt like the longest week of my life waiting for that appointment.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

Dr. Siegel removed the splint easily and painlessly with a liquid solution and asked if I was ready to see my new nose. Seeing myself in the mirror for the first time after my surgery was unreal- it was a subtle, natural looking change, my nose finally fit my face. After waiting for nearly a decade, I finally felt like I had the nose that I should have been born with.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

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The Restylane® Process


If you’re interested in having Houston Restylane® injections, the first step is a consultation with Dr. Siegel. At this appointment, Dr. Siegel will discuss your cosmetic concerns with you, answer any questions you have about Restylane® or other dermal fillers, and begin planning your treatment. He may also create and show you a three-dimensional model of what you face might look like after Restylane® injections. There is no set amount of time for your consultation appointment. Dr. Siegel will go over the ins and outs of Restylane® with you until you feel confident moving forward and excited about your expected results.


Unlike similar products, the hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is not produced from animal materials. This makes it fully bio-compatible, so treatments can be carried out immediately, without the need for allergy testing, as is the case with some other dermal fillers. Dr. Siegel and our team will provide you with precise instructions to follow before your Restylane® injection appointment. While these will vary based on your specific needs and preferences, you will typically want to avoid taking certain medications for about a week prior to injecting Restylane® fillers, stop drinking alcohol for several days before, and stay hydrated.


Dr. Siegel performs all Restylane® injections himself, at our Houston cosmetic surgery office. A Restylane® treatment session is quick and easy, typically taking only 10 to 15 minutes. During your appointment, Dr. Siegel will inject Restylane® directly into your skin in tiny amounts, using an ultra-fine needle for minimal discomfort. While not necessary, Dr. Siegel may also anesthetize the treatment area to help you remain as comfortable as possible.


Most patients are able to see results from Restylane® almost instantaneously. Some patients may experience minor reactions such as swelling, redness, pain, itching, discoloration, and tenderness at the injection sites. These symptoms typically go away within a few days after Restylane® injections (or within a week for Restylane® lip injections). While Restylane® treatment is a long-lasting injectable, it is not permanent. It varies from patient to patient depending on factors such as your age, skin type, lifestyle, and muscle activity, as well as the injection technique. Given his advanced understanding of facial plastic surgery and injectables, Dr. Siegel optimizes his methods to ensure outcomes last as long as possible. Together with Dr. Siegel, you can plan regular visits to maintain the result of your Restylane® treatment. Most patients choose to have a follow-up treatment approximately six to twelve months after the initial injection.

Why Dr. Siegel

When it comes to your facial appearance, preserving natural contours, knowing which features to enhance and which ones not to, will make the difference between enhancing your self or appearing unnatural.

Dr. Siegel is sought out by highly sophisticated, discerning patients because of his innovative, yet conservative approach to Facial procedures- achieving natural, rested, and proportionate outcomes that exceed patients’ expectations.