What is Ellanse?
As we age, the volume or plumpness of our facial features slowly diminishes. Put simply, the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid slows down. As a result, the skin begins to sag and wrinkle, thus affecting the overall appearance of the face.
Ellanse is an injectable filler-like product (by Sinclair Pharma) that acts as a biostimulator of collagen, designed to address the skin’s ageing process.
Ellanse injections stimulate the natural production of collagen. Importantly, rather than provide immediate short-term results, Ellanse is designed to engage with the body over time.
Many prospective patients confuse Ellanse with Hyaluronic Acid based Dermal Fillers, which only provide a temporary filling effect. Instead, Ellanse is made of polycaprolactone, a bioresorbable soft medical polymer, which is absorbed by the body over 1-4 years. However, as the filler degrades, it is replaced by collagen which naturally adds volume and strengthens the skin.
Surgery time30 minutes
Ellanse Before and After Photos
What is Ellanse for?
Doctors use Ellanse for the following reasons:
- Repairing and restoring natural volume in the cheeks, chin, jawline, nasolabial (nose-to-mouth) line and marionette (mouth-to-chin) lines
- Plumping defects such as chin indentations or acne scarring
- Restoring volume in the hands to reduce the skeletal appearance associated with hand ageing.
How does it work?
Ellanse is made from polycaprolactone (PLC), a non-animal biodegradable polymer that has been used in medical procedures for decades. The treatment works by stimulating the production of new collagen cells, the building blocks of the skin. As a result, the skin becomes stronger and more voluminous.
Over time, the body naturally and gradually disintegrates the PCL. However, the new collagen that results will remain. Similar to building a house, the PLC acts as a scaffold that aids the building process. Once the scaffolding is brought down, the house remains standing, as does the new collagen in your skin. However, as with all structures, your body will continue to age and the results from your treatment will begin to diminish after approximately four years.
How do I know if I am suitable for Ellanse?
During a consultation with your chosen doctor, you will discuss the areas of concern and establish whether Ellanse is a suitable treatment for you. If you recently had other dermal filler treatments, please notify your doctor as this may require postponing your treatment with Ellanse.
A full medical history will be taken during your consultation to uncover any allergies, medications or other factors that may be unsuitable for the treatment.
If you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding, you will not be suitable for Ellanse treatment and will need to await the period of weaning your child before embarking on a treatment plan.
What can I expect to happen during treatment?
Much like other injectable treatments, Ellanse is an in-clinic treatment which is quickly performed and entails little to no discomfort.
The treatment usually takes less than 30 minutes, during which the product will be injected through several injection points, often in lines or crossed pattern shapes to help create the scaffold around which collagen will form.
Your doctor will ensure you are comfortable and informed throughout your treatment.
How many treatments will I need with Ellanse?
Ellanse treatment is completed within one treatment session. Longevity (duration of action) is controlled and tuned depending on the length of the PCL chain within the Ellansé. Variety of products range from 12, 24, 36 and 48 months respectively (Short: S, Medium: M, Long: L, Extended: E).
Repeat treatments are recommended after one to four years depending on the original product used to maintain your enhancements and stimulate collagen production, as well as on your natural aging process.
Does it hurt?
Like many aesthetic injectable products, Ellanse is mixed with lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, to reduce pain and discomfort.
On occasions, we can also use a topical anaesthetic or numbing cream which our therapists apply to the skin shortly before the treatment.
Our recommended doctors are experts in pain management and putting their patients at ease.
What are the possible side effects of Ellanse?
Possible side effects from the treatment include minor redness, swelling, tenderness, and bruising at the injection points.
All potential side effects will subside in no more than a few days to a week. Since downtime is limited you can return to your normal life and activities immediately.
Your doctor will provide you with further aftercare instructions. Asymmetry and irregularities might occur in the first couple of weeks after treatment. Your doctors will arrange a follow-up appointment with you to evaluate and address any such issues.
What results can I expect?
Following the Ellanse injection, an immediate increase and improvement in volume will be visible. Unlike hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, as this is not a conventional filler product, the carrier gel will dissolve within a few months.
Over time, your body starts to produce its own natural collagen cells over this matrix of microspheres which results in longer-lasting volume within the skin tissues. You will notice continued improvements over time as your own natural healing process progresses.
How long will Ellanse results last?
Ellanse provides long-lasting results, making it a semi-permanent injectable product.
Much like hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, it is metabolised by the body over time, however, this reabsorption process takes longer (1-4 years depending on the specific product used).
Of course, the results are not just about how long the product itself lasts within the skin. The effect of stimulating the production of your own natural collagen will last long after the PCL has been metabolised.
How much does Ellanse cost?
The cost of Ellanse injections will depend on the area you are treating as well as the amount of product/syringes required to achieve the desired result. You can discuss your bespoke price with your doctor. However, on average, prices for Ellanse in the UK start from £750.