Unlike traditional Hyaluronic Acid based fillers that target volume lost by volumizing the injected area, Ellanse is a special filler containing Poly-Caprolactone (PCL) microspheres that stimulates the skin’s production of collagen, increasing the skin’s collagen levels to improve volume loss.
Collagen is a critical component of our skin and is responsible for the skin’s firmness and tightness.
Loss of collagen due to the aging process leads to saggy, loose skin and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
In summary, Ellanse helps to improve your facial contours and has an added benefit of helping you look more youthful at the same time.
Once injected, Ellanse acts to immediately “fill up” the treated area. Over time, the PCL microspheres in Ellanse stimulates collagen production which help to prolong the “filling” effect.
Increased levels of collagen help give the skin natural, youthful and anti-aging effects.
Hence, compared to normal fillers which typically last around 12 months, Ellanse lasts for a longer duration of around 2 years and is also able to target the root causes of ageing.
Ellanse lasts longer than traditional fillers and also has an added benefit of boosting skin collagen levels, however, it has some shortcomings.
Unlike traditional fillers which can be dissolved by hyaluronidase, Ellanse cannot be dissolved.
Ellanse cannot be used in areas which require “softer fillers” such as the tear trough (under eyes) or lips.
The upfront cost of Ellanse may also be more than that of a traditional filler but it may be more cost effective in the long run because it lasts longer.
Learn more about fillers for other areas here.
Common areas that are treated with Ellanse are :
Apple cheeks or a heart shaped face is a recent popular trend for patients seeking cheek fillers in Asia. Apple cheeks refer to plump looking cheeks which is seen as a sign of youthfulness and popularized by a number of Asian and Korean celebrities.
Ellanse is an ideal filler for the Apple Cheek filler injection treatment as it gives good volumizing results coupled with collagen stimulation and anti-aging benefits.
Ellanse has a long and excellent safety track record since its launch in 2006.
It is fully resorbed by the body over the 2 years.
Side effects tend to be related to the injection such as mild swelling and bruising. These are temporary and will resolve after a few days.
Of note, Ellanse is non dissolvable. Hence, Dr Edwin prefers to err on the side of caution and to start treatments with a conservative amount of filler first.
Volumizing and filling effects of Ellanse are immediate and can be seen straight away after injection.
Anti-aging effects from collagen stimulation will continue to improve over the next 12 weeks.
Every clinic offers different Ellanse treatment options. No one clinic is same as the other. If you want to make sure that the Ellanse treatments are performed safely and effectively, make sure that the clinic is experienced in injecting Ellanse. The clinic should also offer information on the various types of filler treatments before proceeding.