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Entries in Hyaluronic Acid (3)

Sunday
Apr262009

Captique Injections

Captique Injections ~ Another Hyaluronic acid injectable filler recently on the market is Captique. Similar to other Hyaluronic acid injections Captique works to improve fine to deep lines and wrinkles around the lip, nose and eye area.

Captique works by attracting and binding the body’s moisture to the area to increase the support system under the skin. This in turn stretches the skin smooth giving the face a plump finish.

Captique uses NASHA (Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic acid) so it is not necessary to perform an allergy test prior to treatment. Captique comes in a gel form that is injected below or into the dermis depending on the desired effect.

The injection process will be almost identical to the other Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. A thorough consultation and medical history will be taken by the medical provider and the area of injection will be determined. Patients will then be informed of any medications that could cause complications with the injection process. If there are concerns they will be advised to forgo use until procedure is completed.

On the day of the procedure the area for injection will be cleansed and all makeup will be removed. A topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment to minimize discomfort during injections. The medical provider will then inject small amounts of Captique in the areas to be filled using an ultra fine needle.

Once the injection is completed the patient will be informed of any short term adverse affects including, erythema, irritation, bumps (inflammation) at the injection site.

Results of Captique injections last anywhere from 6-12 months and depending on the area to be filled may require touch-ups to maintain best results. The following are contraindications to Captique:

  • Known hypersensitivity to NASHA or any of it’s ingredients
  • Hypertrophic scarring
  • Skin pigmentation disorders
  • Susceptibility to keloid formations
  • Safety has not been tested on patients under the age of 18 or in women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
Sunday
Apr262009

Restylane Injections

Restylane injections are made up of a natural cosmetic clear gel dermal filler which uses NASHA (non-animal stabilized Hyaluronic acid). It was FDA Approved to correct and restore fullness to areas where collagen and elastin have depleted.

The most common area of treatment is the nasolabial folds which are the deep creases that form parenthesis around the corners of the mouth. Unlike rooster derived Hyaluronic acid or bovine derived collagen products, Restylane is free of animal proteins limiting the risk of animal-based disease transmission or the body rejecting the injection causing an allergic reaction.

Patients receiving any injectable should expect to go through an extensive medical history consultation process prior to the procedure. This is also the time to discuss expectations of the client and the medical provider. During this consultation patients should divulge allergies as well as any vitamins or medications they are taking. Prior to injections patients should avoid using aspirin, non¬steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of vitamin E. These may increase the risk of edema or bleeding that the injection site.

During treatment the area will be cleansed removing all makeup. The medical provider may opt to topically anesthetize the injection sites for client comfort but it is not necessary. Restylane® will then be injected under the skin with an ultra fine needle for minimal discomfort.

Results are immediate and some side effects of the procedure include inflammation and erythema that could last up to seven days. Patients will need to return for additional injections in about six months.

Restylane Injections: Contraindications or Considerations

  • Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
  • Patients with an allergic reaction to gram-positive bacterial proteins
  • Patients with a susceptibility to hypertrophic scarring-characterized by a red bump that does not exceed the boundaries of the damaged tissue and usually fades over time or keloid formation—scars that can continue to grow beyond scar boundaries into benign tumors .
  • Laser or chemical peel patients after treatment with Restylane® could experience inflammatory conditions.
Sunday
Apr262009

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring “water loving” substance in the human body. It attracts and binds 1000 times its weight in moisture making it ideal for the base of a dermal filler.

Until recently Hyaluronic acid was extracted from roosters because of its similar composition to human Hyaluronic acid.

Two Types of Hyaluronic Acid

NASHA (non-animal stabilized Hyaluronic acid): The process is very sophisticated. First, specially bioengineered bacteria produce Hyaluronic acid (HA) nearly identical to human HA. Then the HA is purified and treated with an agent that firms it up into a gel form. The HA is then dispersed into Microspheres of different sizes making it suitable for injecting.

Avian Hyaluronic Acid: Harvested from the comb of the rooster, this type of HA will have amounts of avian protein which could lead to allergic reactions in patients.

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