A new soft tissue filler, Prevelle Silk, is now available for the correction of nasolabial folds and other wrinkles of a broad range of severity. This filler is a gel based on hyaluronic acid and has been approved by the FDA as of March 2008.
Our connective tissues naturally contain plenty of hyaluronic acid, but as we grow older our levels of this substance decline. This is how fillers, such as Prevelle Silk come, fill a need by filling out facial folds and lines. Prevelle Silk is a painless injection because lidocaine is included in its formulation. Similar products based on hyaluronic acid, such as Perlane, Juvederm XC, Hydrelle and Restylane, also feature this new approach to painless filler injections. During treatment, the lidocaine anesthetizes the injection area immediately without reducing the effectiveness of the procedure.
Is Prevelle Silk Your Best Choice?
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If you choose treatment with Prevelle Silk, your doctor will inform you of the important precautions and interactions to remember before and after treatment. Frequently, physicians will tell you to avoid NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen because they thin the blood and increase the risk of excessive bleeding. It is also essential to inform your physician of any herbal supplements or vitamins you take regularly because some of them may increase the risk of bleeding. Allergies are not a concern with Prevelle Silk, which contains no animal ingredients.
The length of time required for Prevelle Silk treatment depends on the number of injections you require, but it is usually about 30 minutes. Facial fold depth and the number of areas requiring treatment determines the number of injections required. Occasionally doctors offer a combination of Prevelle Silk and Botox or other injectable fillers as a "liquid facelift." Choosing this or other options may extend the time required for treatment.
Improvements in physical appearance resulting from Prevelle Silk are visible right away and last 3-4 months. Because other soft tissue fillers last longer, some doctors recommend that new filler users try Prevelle Silk first so they can determine whether they prefer it. Users who like Prevelle Silk can then continue to receive it, but some may choose to go with a longer-acting filler for future treatments.
Dr. Berkowitz will inform you of when you can begin wearing makeup again after receiving Prevelle Silk injections.
Risks of Prevelle Silk Treatment
There are some mild, temporary side effects associated with the use of Prevelle Silk, including redness, bumps, tenderness and swelling at the injection site. These reactions normally go away on their own in less than a week. Of course, as with any filler treatment, you may not like the results, but these will go away with time.
To better ensure satisfaction with Prevelle Silk results and reduce the risk of side effects, you should locate a physician who is qualified and experienced with the procedure. Facial plastic surgeons and plastic surgeons that are board certified are the best choices for Prevelle Silk treatment, as side effects are more likely with less qualified injectors. One of the best providers of Prevelle Silk treatment today is Dr. Berkowitz of Sterling Heights, Michigan, who is experienced at treating wrinkles with filler injection treatment.