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Ellansé – what is it and why it’s different



The renowned Catherine Deneuve said it best when she uttered this line:


“After a certain age, we must choose between our faces or our fannies.”


Ellansé – what is it and why it’s different

What is she talking about? Basically, as we age, we lose fat and tone in our faces. To keep a naturally plump visage – the hallmark of youth – you’ll need a decent amount of body fat to offset the loss of fat and tone that naturally occurs in the facial tissues. Most of us aren’t thrilled by age-related weight gain (though it’s very common), but the good news for anyone gaining a few kilos every year is that you likely look younger from the neck up.


If you’re an avid gym-goer and careful about your diet, the opposite can be true. All those yoga and F45 sessions may keep you toned and in great physical health, but a lack of body fat can accentuate fat loss in your face, making you look older than you actually are.


So, must we really choose? Is Catherine, right?


This is where dermal fillers come in. Not only can dermal fillers “fill” in wrinkles and facials, they can be used to plump up areas that slowly lose volume over the years such as your forehead, temples and cheeks. And one filler that is generating a lot of buzz right now is Ellansé.

Chances are you’ve heard of Ellansé. It’s making waves for a few reasons. First, it’s versatile: it can be used to treat the temples and forehead, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jawline and chin. Basically, it can be used to treat the entire face, save the undereyes (Restylane is usually recommended for this area).


Second, unlike other well-known fillers, Ellansé is not made of hyaluronic acid. It’s a bioabsorbable gel made of polycaprolactone (PCL), a material used to make biocompatible medical products like dissolvable surgical sutures and life-saving implantable devices. Why is this important? Hyaluronic acid fillers produce same-day results, which is part of the reason that they are so well-liked. Once they are injected, you walk out of the office with volume restored and a look that can last anywhere from six to 18 months. On the other hand, non-hyaluronic fillers such as Sculptra work by stimulating your own collagen, which can take several months to see visible results. The trade-off for your patience is longer-lasting volume; Sculptra can last up to two years.


This is where Ellansé breaks the mold. It combines the benefits of both of these fillers. It works just as fast as hyaluronic acid fillers (once you inject it, you can see it) but it gradually breaks down over a three-month period, during which time your body kickstarts its own collagen to maintain the look. This is appealing to people who like a more natural approach as the filler has been fully metabolized and is no longer present in the body after three months. Moreover, Ellansé can last up to two years, nearly twice as long as hyaluronic acid fillers.


Additionally, because Ellansé doesn’t need to be injected as often as hyaluronic acid fillers, it ends up being more cost-effective. Ellansé costs a little more initially but most patients need only one treatment. This means patients save money in the long run, not to mention time and the trouble of having to redo filler treatments after one year.


Ellansé has been safely used since 2009 and is currently available in more than 70 countries. It is approved by multiple regulatory authorities, including Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA).


In summary, why Ellansé? It stands apart in the dermal filler world as it offers same-day lifting and results that last. It also has a proven safety record.