What is the average cost of Restylane®?
So what exactly does ‘reasonable’ mean? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a Restylane® injection procedure was $652 in 2019. Of note, this is a general cost estimate based on the price per syringe of Restylane®, the provider administering the injection, and the location of the facility.
- Average Cost of Restylane®: $652
- Price Range for Restylane®: $400 - $4,800
Restylane® by Galderma is a hyaluronic acid (HA)-based injectable filler approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat mid-face fine lines and wrinkles, lip shape, lip size, neck and jaw definition, volume loss in the back of the hands, and cheek contour. It is similar to popular dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Beletero® thanks to their efficacy, safety, minimal side effects, and reasonable cost.
For candidates considering Restylane®, the total cost of the cosmetic procedure will be dependent on numerous factors outlined in the table below.
Factors to Consider in the Total Cost of a Restylane® Procedure
|Type of procedure||Fine lines/wrinkles, facial features, etc.|
|Provider||Training, experience, specialty (dermatologist vs plastic surgery provider)|
|Consultation fees||May or may not count towards the final cost of the procedure|
|Cost per syringe||Dependent on provider and location|
|Location of procedure||Provider fees vary by region and are typically higher for more experienced providers|
|Result maintenance||Timing and regularity of follow up treatments|
What affects the cost of Restylane®?
The cost of a Restylane® treatment will be impacted by numerous elements, including, the actual cost of the Restylane® vials, the time of the injector, the part of the body being treated, the desired results, the area where you elect to have the procedure, and supplies used during the injection.
There are several variations of Restylane® each approved to treat a different area of the body. We’ve overviewed the various products below.
- Restylane® Silk is targeted to the lips and also the fine lines around the mouth.
- Restylane® Lyft is FDA-approved for cheek augmentation, moderate-severe facial folds, and rejuvenating the back of the hands.
- Restylane® is indicated for moderate-severe facial wrinkles and lip augmentation.
- Restylane® Refyne targets the nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
- Restylane® Defyne is specific to the deeper lines around the mouth and the chin.
It is important to remember that Restylane® is a temporary injectable. It may take several treatments to see results, and all results can only be maintained with regular maintenance. For example, if your facial wrinkles procedure costs $450 and maintenance is needed every six months, your cost per year to maintain the results will be $900.
Don’t be too overwhelmed yet though. Facilities and providers often have discounts, special offers, and/or rewards programs for regular Restylane® patients. Researching these types of programs, financing options, and incentives in your area can help to mitigate costs.
The table below offers average single-session price ranges specific to areas typically treated with Restylane®.
Average Restylane® Cost by Treatment Area
|Facial Wrinkles||$275 to $1,100|
|Lips||$550 to $2,100|
|Cheek||$1,100 to $4,100|
|Chin||$725 to $2,700|
|Under Eye||$875 to $4,575|
|Hands||$500 to $1,500|
What does the cost of Restylane® include?
So, what do these cost ranges actually include? Restylane® is best understood by the number of syringes needed to achieve the desired cosmetic result. In the U.S., Restylane® syringes typically cost $400 to $800 each. The number of syringes used at an injection site will vary by individual.
Besides the actual cost of the Restylane® vials, there are additional charges for the injector’s time, the supplies used during the injection (gloves, needles, anesthetics like lidocaine), and, possibly, facility fees.
Another note: the costs being quoted are per session costs and regular Restylane® treatments are typically necessary to maintain results. Remember, depending on your provider and the facility where you have your procedure, there may be incentive programs and financing options to lessen costs.
How much does Restylane® cost?
We’ll say it again, the best way to think about the cost of Restylane® is by considering the number of syringes needed. Injectors receive guidelines regarding the number of syringes needed to achieve best results in each area, however, the actual number of syringes used varies significantly by candidate. This is due to variations like gender, muscularity, treatment area, severity of issue, and desired results. The following table shows estimates of the number of syringes used by treatment area. Remember that, on average, Restylane® costs $400 to $800 per syringe in the United States.
Average Number of Restylane® Syringes Used by Treatment Area
|Facial Wrinkles||1 to 2 syringes|
|Lips||1 syringe (for both lips)|
|Cheek||1 to 2 syringes per side|
|Chin||1 to 2 syringes|
|Under Eye||1 syringe (for both eyes)|
|Hands||1 to 2 syringes per side|
For those of you reading closely, you may be wondering if the price varies depending on the type of Restylane®. Yes, it does. The products are intended for unique areas so the data in the tables you’ve been reviewing is generally close. To break it down even more, the table below looks at the average price per syringe of each specific variation of Restylane®.
Average Cost of Restylane® Per Syringe by Subtype
How much does Restylane® cost across the United States?
Another Restylane® cost factor: Location, location, location! The ASPS 2019 Statistics Report shows 80 percent of all Restylane® procedures occurred on the coasts. It’s not surprising then that cosmetic injectable costs tend to be higher on the east and west coasts.
The table below breaks down costs by state. The numbers in this table are from zip codes selected from the capital of each listed state.
Average Cost of Restylane® Treatments by State
*these states are presented as national averages as specific information is not available
How much does Restylane® cost around the world?
For those considering a Restylane® cosmetic procedure abroad, the table below looks at average costs for a few countries. Don’t forget the additional travel costs, the reputation of the provider and facility, and expenses related to recovery when looking at the cost difference. The table below reflects costs converted to U.S. dollars.
Average Cost of Restylane® per Syringe by Country in USD
|Canada||$400 to $1,000|
|Mexico||$225 to $550|
|Colombia||$150 to $550|
|United Kingdom||$250 to $800|
|Australia||$500 to $900|
|Japan||$500 to $900|
|Dubai||$550 to $850|
Does insurance cover Restylane®?
Insurance coverage is nearly guaranteed to be confusing. And, unsurprisingly when it comes to health insurance and aesthetic treatments, things get even murkier. Fear not, we can help.
Prevailing wisdom is cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance. This is mostly true, although certain cosmetic procedures that provide medical benefit for documented conditions may be covered. Definitions from the American Medical Association (AMA) can help to clarify this point further:
- Cosmetic Surgery: Reshapes normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem.
- Reconstructive Surgery: Alterations to abnormal body structures caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease.
Restylane® is obviously not a surgery. And, while it does have FDA approval for many cosmetic conditions, it does not have any medical approvals or indications (in contrast to an injectable like Botox®). Safe to say, your Restylane® procedure is not going to be covered by insurance. Single tear.
Filler treatments (especially hyaluronic acid fillers) are popular treatment options due to their minimal associated downtime, collagen enhancement effects, and high efficacy. A Restylane® treatment can provide significant rejuvenation and anti-aging benefits at a reasonable cost.