Plastic surgeons have developed a new form of hyaluronic acid filler that could possibly trump the classic gel formulation in terms of wrinkle correction. Planned to be presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual conference this weekend, solid hyaluronic acid filler is a fine thread of filler, designed to be injected under a wrinkle with a very fine needle, that eventually hydrates and softens to a more gel-like consistency.
If it’s going to turn into gel, why bother? Well, the study done indicates it allows for more exact placement. Plus, the solidity of that thread means it can be removed immediately after placement. So if the placement is not perfect, you don’t have to wait until the product gets absorbed and dissipates. In the study to be presented, researchers treated various aging concerns ranging from forehead wrinkles and crow’s-feet to marionette lines. All of the 31 participants noticed improvement. It’s too soon to tell what the longevity of this type of filler will be, but the researchers are optimistic and additional, long-term studies are planned.
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