If you’ve been following medical aesthetics, you’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), and microcrystalline cellulose. But which one is the best?
If you’ve been following medical aesthetics, you’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), and microcrystalline cellulose. But which one is the best? Each filler has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, hyaluronic acid is natural, soluble, and safe, but its effect is short-lived. PLLA has a long-lasting effect, but “lumps” may occur. Microcrystalline cellulose has a long duration, but it is not soluble.
There is no one perfect filler that is both long-lasting and 100% safe. Recently, a new filler called Ellanse™ has emerged in Europe and America. It has not yet become popular, and the product has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or appeared in Hong Kong, so it has not been discussed by many. The main ingredient in Ellanse™ is polycaprolactone (PCL), which is a biodegradable medical product that stimulates collagen growth and has a measurable dissolution time. PCL can be absorbed by the body and converted into water and carbon dioxide, making it safe and long-lasting. The Ellanse™ family includes Ellanse™-S (1 year), Ellanse™-M (2 years), Ellanse™-L (3 years), and Ellanse™-E (4 years). Of course, I haven’t tried it myself, but I hope this filler can pass all FDA and CE tests and be applied to those who need it.
Long-lasting fillers are attractive, but safety issues should also be considered, especially for non-soluble fillers. As responsible doctors, we will observe the usage situation in other countries before deciding whether to use it on patients or ourselves!