In our 20s, our skin is the epitome of youth – fresh, plump and wrinkle free. This is mainly because our bodies are producing an abundance of collagen at this stage of our lives. Now for those of you who are not in the know, collagen is a protein produced by our cells that help to “hold” the skin together, keeping it looking young, firm and baby smooth. Unfortunately though, this high level of collagen production does not last as we get older. In fact, it starts to decline once we hit our 30s. And if you haven’t lead a healthy lifestyle, mid-30s is when cheeks start to lose volume, which in turn leaves our tear troughs (the area between the lower eyelid and upper cheek) looking hollow and tired.
This is exactly what happened to me. Over the last few years, I started noticing volume loss in my cheeks, with my lower eyelids slowly moving downwards (giving me an appearance similar to that of the depressed looking dog cartoon character, Droopy).
Now since I’m fortunate enough to be working in the aesthetics industry, I was well aware of the use of dermal fillers to plump and restore youthfulness to the face. So without further ado, I decided to try out a new generation of filler from Restylane, called Ellanse.
What did I review?
Ellanse Facial Fillers
Where was it?
My procedure was done in June 2016 at the Lightsculpt Aesthetic Clinic in Bedfordview, Johannesburg – under the hands and watchful eye of Dr Alistair McAlpine. Dr McAlpine is a dual qualified medical doctor and dentist, and is the Head of Medical Aesthetics for Lightsculpt.
For a list of other trained doctors offering Ellanse Fillers, contact Genop Healthcare under ‘Contact’ below.
What was my experience?
After a consultation and careful assessment of my problem areas, Dr McAlpine injected 1ml of Ellanse filler into my tear trough and cheekbone, as this helps to restore volume in these areas, thereby giving it their youthful fullness.
He additionally injected 50 units of botulinum toxin into my brow-line, forehead and crow’s feet (the fine lines around my eyes) to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
This combination of fillers and botulinum toxin produces highly effective results – as while fillers is all about restoring volume in the nose-to-mouth lines, the hollow temples and tear troughs – the botulinum toxin compliments this with the smoothing out of fine lines and wrinkles in other areas.
What did I think?
Now in order to see the immediate effects of the filler working its magic under my eyes, Dr McAlpine first injected a small amount into my left tear trough and cheek only, leaving the right side untreated. He then handed me a mirror, where he pointed out the difference between the two sides of my face.
I was incredibly impressed, as I could already see a noticeable lift and volume in the treated area. An added benefit to this treatment is that the results only improve as time goes by, as the Ellanse fillers stimulate the generation of the body’s own natural collagen for beautiful, fresh and longer-lasting results.
What did I like about it?
Compared to other range of fillers, Ellanse only requires a minimum amount of solution to be injected, where only one session is needed for the full effect of the treatment to be seen. This makes it very cost effective for patients on a tight budget (which in itself is a plus!). I also found it to be a very quick, painless procedure with no downtime, where I could go straight back to work directly after my treatment.
Who is it for?
Both men and women who are facing the dilemma of early signs of ageing are the best candidates for Ellanse fillers (particularly for those who do not wish to undergo invasive procedures for facial rejuvenation).
What does it cost?
This is entirely patient dependant – as well as what variation of Ellanse filler is required. There are four varieties of Ellanse fillers, which allow the patients to choose from different options of how long the results would last. The four varieties include Ellanse-S which lasts for one year, Ellanse-M for two years, Ellanse -L for three years and Ellanse -E for 4 years.
I had the Ellanse-S, which costs R3500 per syringe (it’s important to get quotes from your doctor as prices may vary from clinic to clinic).
Where can you get it?
I had mine done at Lightsculpt Aesthetic Clinic at their Bedfordview branch. For a list of doctors near you offering Ellanse treatments, contact Genop Healthcare below.
Anything else you should know?
Ellanse fillers are composed of Polycaprolactone, which is used just like any other dermal filler, and is administered in a syringe pre-formulated. This type of dermal filler can used to enhance different areas of the face like the temples, cheekbones, chin, ear lobes, eyes, lips and nose.
Get in touch with Genop Healthcare
Genop Healthcare are the exclusive distributors of Ellanse in South Africa. For a list of qualified and trained doctors offering Ellanse treatments, contact them below…
Phone: Glynis Watkins – 011 545 9300