What is Ellanse?
Ellanse is a collagen-stimulating dermal filler designed to reverse facial aging and improve skin laxity by restoring lost collagen and volume. It consists of 30% Polycaprolactone (PCL) microspheres, which are potent collagen stimulators, suspended in a 70% Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) gel carrier. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers that are absorbed within 9-12 months, Ellanse provides immediate volumization and stimulates natural collagen production for long-lasting results, typically lasting 18-24 months.
How does Ellanse work?
Ellanse works in two phases. Initially, the CMC gel carrier offers immediate volume to the treated area, which then dissipates over 8-12 weeks. Concurrently, the PCL microspheres begin to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. As the CMC is absorbed, the newly produced collagen replaces the volume loss, maintaining the aesthetic results and improving the skin’s quality over time.
What is Ellanse best suited for?
Ellanse is ideal for individuals seeking to address age-related facial volume loss and skin laxity, particularly for those wishing to achieve longer-lasting results compared to HA fillers. It is suited for those who have previously used HA fillers and are looking for a more durable solution. Common treatment areas include cheeks, laugh lines, chin, temples, and forehead, excluding the nose and lips.
What to expect during treatment?
The treatment typically takes less than an hour. Before the procedure, an ice pad is applied to minimize discomfort. The number of syringes required for full-face rejuvenation varies, ranging from 4 to 8 syringes, depending on individual needs.
What are the treatment areas?
Ellanse is commonly used on the cheeks, nasolabial folds, chin, temples, and forehead to restore volume and stimulate collagen production. Ellanse should not be used in the nose or lips due to the nature of the product and the specific requirements of those areas.
Is the treatment painful?
Pain is minimized with the use of topical or local anesthetics. However, as with any injectable treatment, some discomfort may be experienced during the procedure.
How many sessions are needed to see results?
Visible results can be seen immediately due to the volumizing effect of the CMC gel. The long-term collagen stimulation and its effects will develop over the following months. Typically, only one session is required to achieve the desired outcome, with results lasting up to 18-24 months.
How soon can I see results from?
Immediate volume restoration can be observed right after the treatment. The full effects of collagen regeneration and skin quality improvement will become more apparent as the PCL microspheres stimulate collagen production over the weeks following the treatment.
What to avoid after the treatment?
Patients are advised to avoid make-up for at least 24 hours, and strenuous activities, excessive sun or heat exposure, other cosmetic treatments on the treated areas for a certain period to minimize the risk of complications and ensure proper healing.
Are there any side effects?
Yes, as with any dermal filler, there are potential side effects, including the risk of vascular occlusion, infection, nodule formation, and migration of the filler. The procedure should be performed by a licensed medical professional with experience in dermal fillers to mitigate these risks.