What is Ellanse filler?
It is a brand of injectable fillers that are free from any potentially-harmful pyrogen and latex. The completely bioresorbable implants are composed of poly-e-caprolactone (PCL), a potent polyester. The PCL microspheres are homogenously suspended in a gel carrier that is made of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), glycerin, and phosphate buffered saline. The 4 fillers by this brand—Ellanse S, M, L, and E—are differentiated based on their duration of action, with Ellanse S lasting for about a year and Ellanse E lasting for approximately 4 years. Ellanse is designed, manufactured and marketed by AQTIS Medical BV.
What are the indications to use Ellanse?
The active ingredient in Ellanse fillers, PCL microspheres, are well-known due to its strong biostimulating property. Once administered into the skin, the gel carrier instantly corrects the aesthetic imperfections by volumising the skin while PCL microspheres increase the restoration and production of collagen fibres. The corrected regions will then look volumised and radiant. Ellanse implants are commonly used to treat the following cosmetic indications:
- Deep-set facial wrinkles and creases like nasogenian furrows and marionette lines;
- Inelastic skin such as on the jawline;
- Ill-defined facial contours like the cheekbones;
- Non-surgical augmentation of facial features like the nose.
What are the side effects of Ellanse?
Just like any other dermal filler implantation, patients who are treated with Ellanse fillers will develop common localised reactions such as redness, swelling, and bruising. These inflammatory reactions are mild in nature and occur as the skin recovers from the minimally invasive injections. The injection site responses should resolve within a few days. Patients should avoid partaking in strenuous physical activities for at least a day and avoid exposing the treated areas to direct sunlight for at least a week following the treatment session. That being said, patients are still at risk of developing adverse health reactions like induration (hardening of tissues), infections, and allergic attacks. Sometimes, these severe side effects happen due to medical errors caused by the physicians. Patients must be made understand the risks and possible complications of Ellanse fillers prior to the procedure. They must also be educated to identify the adverse reactions, so that they can obtain immediate medical attention. Ellanse has a high safety profile and is well tolerated in most patients.