What is Elevess?
Elevess is a cosmetic filler derived from hyaluronic acid, an element which occurs naturally in skin and other tissues. Hyaluronic acid acts as a “sponge,” absorbing fluid and nutrients and helping skin to appear plump and firm. Elevess is used to fill lines, wrinkles, scars, and other facial hollows and depressions. And, unlike other available fillers, this product contains the anesthetic lidocaine, which helps minimize discomfort during and after the application procedure.
How does Elevess work?
Initially, Elevess acts to fill depressions and wrinkles, filling areas to achieve an overall more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. As time progresses, the hyaluronic acid component of Elevess helps skin retain its plumpness by attracting and holding moisture and nutrients beneath the skin’s surface.
What are the advantages of Elevess over other procedures?
Elevess offers a number of advantages compared to other available dermal fillers on the market today, including:
· Less discomfort during application
· Less bleeding during application
· Less bruising and swelling following application
· Less discomfort following application
· Longer lasting results
· Less hypersensitivity reactions
How is the procedure performed?
The Elevess procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, usually requiring no more than 20 to 30 minutes to complete in most men and women. Because the filler itself contains the anesthetic lidocaine, no local anesthetic is required, but some patients may have a topical anesthetic applied to minimize the discomfort of the injection itself. Once the areas to be filled have been carefully identified by the specialist, he or she will make a series of injections of the filler material along the treatment zone, making sure to fill the entire area with Elevess.
Who is a candidate for Elevess?
The Elevess injectable filler is a great choice for women and men who:
· Want to correct fine, medium, or deep facial lines, folds and wrinkles
· Are in good general health
· Do not have bleeding or immunosuppressive disorders
· Are looking for a procedure that offers immediate results
· Want a procedure that doesn’t involve any downtime
What is the recovery like?
Following treatment, you may have some minor redness and swelling, although because there is less bleeding during the procedure with Elevess than with other fillers, swelling is usually less than what is experienced with other products. You can minimize any minor swelling that does occur by applying ice packs. You can return to your normal routine right after the procedure.
What will my results be like?
Initial results will be visible immediately after the procedure, with continued improvement in the following days as any swelling and redness disappear. Results usually persist from three months to as much as a year in some individuals. Touch-up procedures can help you maintain results longer.
What are the risks?
Any injection involves some very small risk of infection. Because Elevess is derived from hyaluronic acid, tolerance is exceptional, and the likelihood of any type of allergic reaction is extremely low.
Is the Elevess procedure approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, Elevess is approved for use in the United States. In fact, it is the first and only dermal filler containing lidocaine to be approved by the FDA.
Is the Elevess procedure covered by insurance companies?
Elevess is used for cosmetic purposes, and as a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by major medical insurance companies.
How much does Elevess cost?
As with other dermal fillers, the cost of Elevess treatment will vary based on the size of the area, or areas, being treated. Generally, you can expect to pay from $500 to $700 for each area being treated.
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 Staff
Updated: July 20, 2009