What is Captique and who is a candidate for the procedure?
Captique is a clear, hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler, similar to Hylaform and Restylane. Unlike other dermal fillers that use animal-based hyaluronic acid, Captique uses a plant-based solution. This may eliminate the need for allergy testing to be done prior to the first treatment. Captique is given by injection, and is used to treat moderate to deep wrinkles. It has been FDA approved for treatment around the nose, but is also used to effectively treat other lines and wrinkles on various areas of the face.
Candidates for Captique are patients in good health who have reasonable expectations. The treatment should not be used on patients who are susceptible to keloid scar formation or heavy scarring. It is not recommended for individuals with pigmentation disorders or certain skin conditions, which should be discussed with the physician. Patients on immunosuppressive therapy should discuss whether Captique is right for them with a physician. Captique has not been assessed for safety during pregnancy so women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Captique until safety tests are completed in the future.
What areas may Captique treat?
Although Captique is FDA approved for treating nasolabial folds, it is also used to treat a variety of other areas. These include:
- Lines and wrinkles around the eyes
- Frown lines that appear between the eyebrows
- Lip lines and lines around the mouth
- Along the cheeks, jaw line and forehead
- To plump eyebrows and lips
The practicing physician may offer advice on specifically where Captique treatments may be beneficial, and will assess each situation individually.
How does the procedure work and what is the recovery like?
Prior to each treatment, patients are usually given instructions to quit smoking and avoid alcohol and certain types of medication for a week or two prior to the procedure. At the treatment session, a topical anesthetic is sometimes applied before treatment to increase patient comfort during the procedure. Injections are done in under an hour in most cases, and most patients may immediately resume daily activities.
Each injection inserts hyaluronic acid under the surface of the skin. The hyaluronic acid goes to work building up and hydrating the skin from within, creating a smoother surface with notably fewer lines and wrinkles. Results are generally seen immediately, although some patients will need a second treatment before seeing the desired results. The procedure is non-invasive and performed in the physician’s office.
After the procedure, many patients experience a degree of temporary puffiness which will go away on its own within a few days. Some patients may also experience redness, swelling or itching. These side effects will also disappear without further treatment, but patients can use ice packs to relieve some of the discomfort.
Doctors will instruct patients to avoid exposing vulnerable skin to light sources like the sun and UV lamps for a few days. It is also a good idea to avoid heat, alcoholic beverages or strenuous exercise in the first 24 hours after treatment to prevent redness and swelling. Most patients will be able to apply makeup within a few hours after treatment, unless otherwise instructed by their physician.
Captique is not a permanent solution to wrinkles. In order to maintain the desired results, repeat treatments every few months are necessary. Treatment frequency will vary based on the individual situation, and a doctor may advise the patient on the frequency of return visits.
What risks may be associated with Captique?
A slight risk of infection is common after any sort of injection treatment. In addition, some patients may experience redness, swelling, itching, bruising or mild discomfort around the injection sites. Most of these side effects will go away on their own within a few hours or days. In rare cases, tissue may harden and bumps may appear around the injection site. Patients may reduce their risks by choosing doctors who are experienced with Captique and by following all instructions given before and after the procedure for preparation and care.
How much does Captique cost?
The average cost for a Captique treatment is usually $400-$600 per syringe. Most patients will need anywhere from one to two syringes to complete treatment. The procedure will also need to be repeated every few months if results are to be maintained. Most health insurance providers will not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures though some clinics may offer patients financing options.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Anti-Aging.org Staff
Updated: December 8, 2008