What is it about?
Various dermal fillers are used to fill out wrinkles and hollows in the face and enhance facial beauty and symmetry.
Is this procedure right for you?
Fillers are used for a procedure known as ‘soft tissue augmentation’, that is an effective means of re-contouring the face. In a young face, the technique may be used to enhance cheek bones, increasing chin definition and filling in acne scars. In an older face, soft tissue augmentation replaces the need for a surgical facelift in the vast majority of cases, since it can replace volume loss and restore youthful facial contours.
How does it work?
Soft tissue augmentation involves the artistic and strategic injection of fillers substances to eliminate shadows and hollows and restore the shape of the face to that which it was in youth as well as to augment facial features. The technique is relatively straightforward, but as harmless as it sounds, the patient must be made aware of the many different filler substances and the side effects and advantages of each.
The most commonly used temporary filler is Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural component of the skin. Marketed under several trade names including ‘Restylane’, ‘Perlane’ and ‘Juvederm’, Hyaluronic acid is safe since it is natural, degrades and is eliminated from the body. However, almost as soon as Hyaluronic acid is injected, it begins to be eliminated and therefore the cosmetic correction lasts only four to six months. Hyaluronic acid does not regenerate the skin bur merely acts as a bulking agent.
Ellanse Biostimulant Filler
Calcium Hydroylapetite(Ellanse) is the ideal filler. It is a natural substance, made up of calcium and phosphate and is FDA approved. It is degraded and eliminated from the body in time. The effect of Ellanse last between 1 to 2 years.
Ellanse is unique, in that is it a biostimulant which results in powerful regeneration of the skin. Studies have shown that Ellanse stimulates fibroblasts, collagen-producing cells, at the site of injection. This leads to significant increase in collagen and elastin synthesis and ultimately an increase in soft tissue formation and volume at the injection site. Clinical trials have proven that there is a 50% increase in skin thickness, one year after Ellanse injections. Hence, Ellanse is unlike other filler substances that merely exhibit mechanical filling. With Ellanse, the volumetric effect on the face ultimately comes from the body itself, rather than from the injectable substance. Ellanse also has the best safety profile of any filler substance.
Side effects are limited to the trauma injection. Occasionally transient bruising and swelling may occur. There may be some redness in the injected area, but this typically resolves rapidly and is easily hidden with makeup.