For over a century, physicians have been developing ways to restore volume and structure to aging skin using a variety of methods including paraffin, silicone and collagen injections.
- In the 1930s, researchers discovered a natural substance in the body that they named hyaluronic acid, and they found that it plays a key role in numerous areas of the body including the maintenance of skin volume and hydration, eye volume and shape and joint lubrication and cushioning. In the decades since, numerous therapeutic and aesthetic uses have been developed for this versatile natural substance.
- In 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved R-dermalfiller, the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler for the correction of facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, folds running from the sides of the bottom of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth. Today, hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are the fastest growing non-invasive aesthetic procedure in the United States and Australia
- Laser, Skin and Wellness clinic uses number of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers Melbourne clinic since 2007.
- Last month, The Los Angeles Times reported that researchers are currently developing the latest generation of dermal fillers – specifically, a cutting-edge technology called the solid state hyaluronic acid filler, which is as thin as a strand of hair. The compound is placed into a needle and inserted directly into facial lines, where it takes on a gel consistency. This adds fullness to the face, making it appear more youthful and refreshed.
Hyaluronic acid filler solid state
According to Stanford University physician Geoffrey C. Gurtner, who presented the findings to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual conference in Denver, the process is relatively painless and the filler is easy for doctors to place, allowing them to choose the exact depth and position that is desired for maximum patient satisfaction.
Hyaluronic acid soft tissue fillers are traditionally administered in gel form, and though highly effective for treating most deep wrinkles and folds, are not optimal for reducing fine wrinkles such as crow’s feet or long horizontal wrinkles along the forehead, the study reports.
To address these needs, the authors turned hyaluronic acid into a solid thread, which is about as thin as a strand of hair, is not technically an injectable. Instead it’s placed with a needle into a facial line. Shortly after insertion, the thread becomes hydrated and morphs into a gel. Doctors involved in the study said it was easier and faster to place compared to injectable fillers and patients reported less pain.
If misplaced, the material can be removed, he said. It is expected to have the same safety profile as hyaluronic acid gel and last about the same amount of time.
More long term studies will be needed before the product can advance to the marketplace. But Gurtner said he anticipates the product may become available in 2013.
The study examined 31 patients who were treated with the solid hyaluronic acid filler for various wrinkles including forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and marionette lines around the mouth. All patients experienced improvement of their wrinkles and found treatment to be non-painful. Physicians unanimously reported solid hyaluronic acid was faster to administer and easier to use than gel fillers.
Soft tissue fillers accounted for 1.8 million of the 11.6 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed in 2010, according to the ASPS. Hyaluronic acid was the most popular soft tissue filler, with more than 1.2 million procedures performed.
“I see this new technology, turning injectable gels into solids, as a necessary innovation for the optimal treatment of all facial wrinkles and one that will complement our existing toolkit of gel fillers and neurotoxins,” said Dr. Gurtner. “While additional, long-term studies are planned, this advanced technique may change the way we rejuvenate the face.”
Who else can benefit from HA solid state?
Older Americans may not be the only ones who can benefit from facial fillers. Active people in their 30s and 40s can sometimes experience what is known as “runner’s face,” in which facial skin changes due to intense exercise burning off dermal facial fat, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
“When you’re exercising, you’re straining your face muscles and putting so much effort into jogging up that hill that those lines become more noticeable,” said Lina Latartara, who suffers from the condition, quoted by the media outlet. Additionally, the fat in the face is lost a lot quicker than say in the abdominal region or thighs.
She emphasized that people have no control over fine lines and wrinkles, but that they should do something about it if these signs of aging bother them. She opted for a facial filler to help smooth out and boost the elasticity of her skin.