For patients seeking treatment of lines and other skin corrections, Hylaform presents an alternative to collagen. Like collagen, Hylaform is injected just under the skin's surface at regular intervals in order to treat imperfections. Hylaform is a viscoelastic gel made of hyaluronic acid; the treatment's composition is based upon a naturally occurring substance known as hyaluronan that is found throughout the body and functions to keep the skin moist and elastic. Over time, the body's supply of hyaluronan diminishes, but Hylaform can be used in its place. Its composition is so similar to the natural substance that allergic reactions are extremely rare.
Who can benefit from the treatment?
Hylaform can be used to treat deep facial furrows, acne scars and smile lines, and an increasing number of individuals are requesting it for lip augmentation. For most patients, one treatment achieves the desired results, but for particularly deep lines a second Hylaform treatment may be necessary 2 to 4 weeks later.
Follow up treatments are usually needed once every 5 to 12 months to maintain optimal results, as Hylaform dissolves naturally over time. The temporary nature of this treatment makes it ideal for patients who do not want permanent correction, and also allows an individual awaiting the results of a collagen test to receive immediate treatment with Hylaform, followed by collagen treatments as the Hylaform dissolves.
How is the treatment performed?
Hylaform treatments involve a series of small injections to facial areas where a patient may have unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment fills in the space between the collagen and elastin fibers within the dermal layers to replenish the skin's natural volume. Hylaform can also be used to enhance the appearance of the lips.
Injections take less than half an hour, and occasionally require a small amount of local anesthetic to numb the treated area. Results are instantly visible and individuals receiving Hylaform treatments can return to the office or their regular daily schedule immediately after treatment. Temporary side effects may occur, including:
- mild redness
- swelling and pain
- persistent redness
- red spots
Hylaform allows individuals to retain a youthful appearance in quick, convenient treatments. Because it is based on natural substances, Hylaform has a minimal risk of allergic reactions, making it a popular choice for people who are unable to use collagen, or who are awaiting the results of a collagen allergy test. Hylaform treatments may not be appropriate for people who have skin conditions or those patients who are currently on anti-coagulation therapy. Treatments have not been evaluated on pregnant women.