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Collagen is no longer manufactured by Allergan. Collagen was the "gold standard" of facial wrinkle injections and lip augmentation for several decades. Since Collagen is now consider obsolete, the new "gold standard" is the hyaluronic acid fillers



Elevess is made by Anika Therapeutics and was sold by Artes Medical whch was approved for use by the FDA on April 12, 2007. However, Artes Medical filed for bankruptcy in December 2008, and Anika Therapeutics needed a new distributor - Coapt Systems. The product name Elevess sounded a lot like the new collagen filler Evolence (which is made by Johnson and Johnson) so Anika Therapeutics was forced to change Elevess to the new name Hydrelle.

Hydrelle / Elevess is categorized as a Cosmetic Tissue Augmentation Product and is approved for injection into the mid-to-deep dermis for the correction of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial foldsHydrelle’s formulation contains 0.3% lidocaine for greater patient comfort.





Hydrelle / Elevess has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid of any injectable filler on the market at 28 mg/ml.  Hydrelle has the highest available concentration of hyaluronic acid and a unique hyaluronic acid cross-linker in the formulation so that is has stronger durability.

Hydrelle has 28mg/ml of hyaluronic acid. Cross-linked hyaluronic-based fillers can remain in the face for up to a year, providing much longer-lasting results than collagen-based fillers. The product comes packaged in a syringe – l cc with a very thin 30 gauge needle to minimize discomfort.




Hydrelle is FDA approved hyaluronic acid injectable dermal filler for facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds in the United States.

Hydrelle is approved in the Europe for facial wrinkles and
nasolabial folds, and also for enhancing the appearance of lips.

Hydrelle is FDA approved for the correction of soft tissue contour deficiencies of the face, such as wrinkles, folds (nasolabial) and acne scars.

Hydrelle is the first FDA approved hyaluronic acid based dermal filler to include an anesthetic (lidocaine) in its formulation. By having the lidocaine already in the filler this allows for more patient comfort during and after the injection procedure. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to absorb large quantities of water, and form complexes with collagen and elastin

Just like all the other hyaluronic based fillers, Hydrelle is re-absorbed into the body over 6 months to a year. If injected in the areas of the face that has minimal movement, the filler will last longer.



       Hydrelle packaging             Hydrelle Syringe

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Advantages of Hydrelle

  • Natural and immediate effect

  • Long-lasting results

  • Ease of injection

  • No skin test needed

  • If a lump occurs, these will respond to hyaluronidase or “Wytase” effectively

  • Hydrelle has the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any commercially available dermal filler. Because of this, experts expect longer-lasting results.

  • Hydrelle has lidocaine, a local anesthetic in its formula—it’s the first and only available aesthetic filler to do so. This unique ingredient vastly improves patient comfort and satisfaction.

  • Hydrelle is significantly less expensive than any other dermal filler on the market today.


Disadvantages of Hydrelle

  • Redness or swelling at the injection site

  • Can cause a reaction if you are allergic to sulfites

  • Lumps can occur with hyaluronic acid fillers

  • Bruising and bleeding may occur with people who are taking anti-coagulant drugs (blood thinners)


How long does it last: Depending on where these fillers are injected, the longevity of the filler can range from 3 to 9 months. Manufacturer is marketing this filler with lasting a year.

Please make sure you read about this filler, Hydrelle sometimes causing an allergic reaction in some patients. Listen to your physician to see if Hydrelle is right for you.






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