The use of dermal fillers is becoming increasingly popular internationally, regardless of genders. Dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging on the face, transforming you back to your younger days instantly! However, just like how the magic used on Cinderella can only last till 12 midnight, the effects of dermal fillers are only temporary. While some people feel that there are benefits to dermal fillers being temporary, such as allowing them to try different types of dermal fillers to find the best one that suits them, most would want a to have a dermal filler that last for a long time once they have decided on the best brand suited for them. After all, why end the party at 12 midnight if you can push it to the next day? Let us now find out more about the world’s longest lasting filler- Ellansé.
Image 1.1: Before and After photo of Ellansé user
Most dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that is produced naturally in the skin to keep the skin hydrated. The hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers are used to hydrate the skin, fill in wrinkles and replace lost volume in the skin. However, due to hyaluronic acid being naturally produced in the body, over time the body will break it down completely. Wrinkles and fine lines will then resurface on the face.
Image 2.1:Common Ares Used For Fillers
Source: The Private Clinic
There are many different types of fillers and they each have different lifespans depending on the rate the body breaks down the fillers. On average, filler lasts for at least 6 months, and the higher end ones, such as Ellansé can last up to 4 years. We will now look at the different fillers based on their longevity.
These fillers are basically hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Revanesse and Teosyal. They are usually used for treating wrinkles and replacing facial volume loss. Harder HA filler can be used to shape a higher nose or a sharper chin too.
Image 3.1: Teosyal Redensity II
Source: Marieli Medical
Image 3.2: Revanesse Fillers
Source: Clear Sky Medical
Other non-HA fillers are able to last up to 18 months, e.g. Radiesse and Sculptra.
Radiesse is a filler that contains calcium hydroxyapatite, a substance that can be found in the bones and the teeth. Radiesse encourages the production of collagen in the skin, allowing results to last longer, usually up to 18 months.
Image 3.3: Radiesse fillers
Sculptra is also an anti-aging filler that works in the same way as Radiesse, lasting up to 18 months. It has become less popular due to its troublesome post treatment massage – 5 minutes 5 times a day for 5 days. Poor massage may affect the final result.
Image 3.4: Sculptra fillers
Now that you have a better understanding of the other fillers and their respective longevity, you should now be able to truly appreciate the beauty of Ellansé. As mentioned in the previous article, Ellansé fillers are made of a biodegradable synthetic polymer called polycaprolactone (PCL). The PCL microspheres are suspended in a gel carrier made of another polymer called carboxymethylcellulose (CMC).
Ellansé fillers work using a simple two-step process:
Image 4.1: Ellansé fillers
Over time, as the CMC gel carrier is naturally reabsorbed by your body, but new collagen replaces it, keeping the skin rejuvenated. The PCL microspheres, on the other hand, are retained, leading to longer-lasting volume until all the molecules are dissolved. As boosted collagen production continues, you may also continue enjoying a natural lifting and tightening effect on your skin.
Ellansé is different from hyaluronic acid fillers as not only does it address wrinkles, fine lines and folds by filling up lost volume, it also stimulates production of collagen to effectively target the underlying causes of facial aging.
Ellansé fillers last much longer than other traditional dermal fillers, lasting 1-4 years, depending on your choice of product. Ellansé longevity causes the traditional fillers that usually only last just 6–18 months to pale greatly in comparison.
The longevity of Ellansé fillers depends on the type of Ellansé fillers used (S, M, L or E) and the length of the PCL microspheres chain. With longer chain, the results would last longer. The 4 types each have different longevity and reabsorption rate by the body. They can all be used on the same areas on the face, and will be fully absorbed by the skin and body after their longevity period as stated below.
Image: Different Ellansé fillers and their longevity
As mentioned, Ellansé can last much longer than most Hyaluronic Acid fillers, especially the basic ones due to its unique properties of both acting as a filler as well as a stimulator of collagen production.
Due to fewer follow-up treatments required to maintain the effects, Ellansé is definitely more cost effective in the long run.
Apart from their longevity, Ellansé is also superior in terms of its cosmetic properties. Ellansé can maintain the skin volume better over time, and produces better result for the laughing line, cheeks, chin, and forehead.
Sculptra and Radiesse, similar to Ellansé, work by stimulating the production of collagen. So what then makes Ellansé a much better choice?
Ellansé, with smaller molecule size and more homogenous, the risk of lump formation is lower.
Ellansé is also more effective in the stimulation of collagen, giving much better results in rejuvenating the skin. Patient often get a better skin after 3-6 months, due to the new collagen.
Age is just a number and with today’s development is cosmetic procedures, looking young again is no longer just a foolish and impossible thought. Choose Ellansé today and give yourself a chance to become the Cinderella that enjoyed the ball until its very last minute!