Elevess: Dermal Filler Review
by Chiara Sanders
When it comes to treating facial wrinkles and fine lines, there are a number of approved cosmetic treatments available, and now one more is being added to the list: Elevess™. This FDA-approved injectable dermal filler is currently available in the EU, Canada, Chile and Peru, and it has proven through clinical trials to be effective at treating wrinkles and folds in the skin. So what makes this new dermal filler different from all the others?
What is Elevess?
Elevess™ is the first approved dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid (HA) and lidocaine (an anesthetic) in the formula. It contains the highest concentration of HA, and uses a unique HA cross-linker, leading to longer-lasting effects. The inclusion of lidocaine allows for minimal patient discomfort, and the specially designed syringe makes injection simple and painless.
How Does Elevess Work?
Just like any other dermal filler, Elevess™ is injected directly into the skin, focusing on the problem areas where wrinkles are the most prominent. Since HA is a naturally occurring material found in the body, it is often used in skin care products and cosmetic injectables. HA absorbs large amounts of water, forming complexes with collagen and elastin that support the structure of skin and contribute to elasticity and volume. Over time, factors like age, sun and pollution decrease the natural production of HA, resulting in less volume and more wrinkles. Elevess™ reinvigorates the skin by keeping it hydrated, filling out the facial wrinkles and fine lines and bringing back volume in sunken, hallow skin. The cross-linked HA fades slowly, meaning it will stay in the face for longer—up to a year in some cases—much longer than collagen-based fillers. The HA-based dermal filler is naturally absorbed by the body over a period of time, providing optimal wrinkle correction.
What Sets Elevess Apart?
Trials have shown that Elevess™ produces immediate and natural results with minimal pain or discomfort. It is also the first dermal filler to use lidocaine in its formula, producing a numbing effect when injected into the skin. Elevess™ also claims to last longer than other dermal fillers, saying its results can last for up to a year.
What are the Side Effects of Elevess?
While Elevess™ is said to be highly effective at treating facial wrinkles, there are some potential side effects that can occur with this dermal filler. Basic risks of Elevess™ include bruising, swelling, redness, tenderness, itching and the formation of small bumps around the injection site. These are usually minor and clear up within a week. It is important for patients who receive Elevess™ to avoid long periods of sun exposure so as not to irritate skin. More serious risks have been reported, as well. Elevess™ contains traces of certain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions in some patients, so those who have a history of severe allergies should not receive Elevess™ injections. Also, serious bruising and bleeding can occur in people taking blood thinners. The injectable should not be used on women who are nursing or pregnant, and it should be avoided by anyone with an inflammatory skin disorder like sores, rashes, cysts, hives or infection.
The best way to avoid any major problems is to meet with a certified skincare specialist or plastic surgeon, and provide them with all your medical history and previous conditions.
Is Elevess Right for Me?
Elevess™ has shown to be successful at improving facial wrinkles and fine lines, giving people a smooth and youthful appearance. However, there are many other effective dermal fillers on the market today that may be more appropriate for your specific needs. A good way to determine what treatment is right for you is to meet with a licensed skincare professional who can give you a proper skin analysis and suggest procedures that will work for your unique skin type and condition, giving you the results you really want.
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