As baby boomers age, there is a growing demand for cosmetic anti-aging treatments, particularly in the area of tissue rejuvenation and facial wrinkles.
One of the most popular types of treatment for rejuvenating tissue and eliminating wrinkles, primarily on the face, is injectible hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. These fillers work well for crow’s feet, lip wrinkles and deep wrinkles. They are safe, non-surgical procedures that conveniently soften facial lines and creases and add volume to areas of the face such as the cheeks and under-eye hollows. The results are not permanent and can be easily reversed if you are unhappy with the results.
One of the newest hyaluronic acid fillers on the market is Teosyal® from the Swiss company, Teoxane Laboratories. Available in Canada, Europe, and many other countries, it is available in the U.S. but has not yet been approved by the U.S. FDA.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that exists in all living organisms. It retains more than 1,000 times its weight in water, adding volume to the skin’s surface. It helps lubricate and hydrate our skin and joints. As we age and expose our skin to sun and pollution, we begin to develop wrinkled skin because the amount of natural hyaluronic acid in our body diminishes.
Teosyal is a third generation hyaluronic acid and has a few benefits over its competitors – it is the most purified and the most cross-linked. In its natural state, our bodies metabolize hyaluronic acid in just 12 hours. However, when the individual molecules of the acid are cross-linked together, the liquid acid is transformed into a gel-like substance. The body metabolizes the cross-linked product more slowly. The outcome is that the cosmetic effects last much longer (6 to 18 months for the Teosyal filler).
- There are several formulations of Teosyal. You may have heard of some of them. “First Lines” is best suited for fine, superficial lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. The effects should last about 6 months.
- “Deep Lines” works best on highly pronounced wrinkles, tear troughs and nasolabial folds. The effects generally last from 6 to 9 months.
- “Ultra Deep” creates and restores volume and benefits very deep wrinkles. The results are said to last 9 to 12 months.
- Teosyal Ultimate is the best product for cheeks, chin and facial contours.
- Teosyal Kiss is designed to reshape lips, increase lip volume and treat mouth wrinkles. You can enjoy the results of the last two products for 12 to 18 months.
In comparison, patients find the results of other hyaluronic acid fillers, such as the popular Restylane and Juvederm, to last 3 to 6 months. As you can see, Teosyal is one of the longer lasting hyaluronic acid fillers on the market.
How is the treatment performed?
Depending on your threshold for pain and discomfort, especially in the lip area, your doctor may use lidocaine or a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. He or she will then do a series of injections by inserting a very small needle into the target area. He or she may also lightly massage of your skin during the process.
Treatment takes an average of 30 minutes to one hour based on the size of the area being treatment or the number of wrinkle lines.
What can I expect from Teosyal treatment?
Teosyal is a “triple action” filler; it fills, lifts and rehydrates. You will see immediate results.
Shortly after treatment, the injection site may become red and swollen. Because of the product’s purity, these problems should disappear within 3 to 24 hours. Allergic reactions are also very unusual because of the purity. As with all hyaluronic acid fillers, there are hardly any Teosyal side effects.
You may need 1 to 3 more treatments to achieve the effect you are looking for and you can maintain those effects by having touch-up treatments. The treatment has a cumulative effect, meaning you will not need as much of the product in subsequent sessions.
For a good idea about what the treatment may be able to do for you, search the internet for Teosyal before and after photos.
Doctors seem to be quite impressed with the ease of injection, its ability to restore tissue volume and its long-lasting results. Patients report very few side effects and excellent results.
If for any reason you are unhappy with the results of your treatment, Teosyal, as well as all of the other hyaluronic acid fillers, can be easily reversed with an injection of hyaluronidase. Your body will break down the filler and absorb it. You will see immediate results.
Are there risks or side effects?
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a known hypersensitivity
to hyaluronic acid or suffer from immune system diseases, you should not have hyaluronic acid injections.
What is the cost of treatment?
The cost of Teosyal will vary from $400 to $1,000 depending on the product you select. The fillers are packaged in prefilled syringes.
Are there alternatives treatments?
As we discussed above, Teosyal has not yet been approved by the U.S. FDA. However, there are two other very popular hyaluronic acid fillers, Restylane and Juvederm, which are FDA-approved. They are very effective but their results may not last as long as Teosyal’s.
Radiesse is a different type of filler – a hydroxyapatite filler. It is calcium-based, can be used for wrinkles, nasolabial folds and is also a good cheek filler. The results can last up to 8 months. The drawback is that this type of filler cannot be dissolved like hyaluronic acid fillers. If you are not happy with the results, you must wait for the filler to dissolve on its own.
Sculptra is a poly-l-lactic filler commonly used to fill sunken cheeks and hollows beneath eyes. You may not see results for several months but the effects last about 2 years. Again, it can be very difficult to remove if there are adverse effects.
Teosyal can fill wrinkles and lines, remodel your cheekbones, soften your facial contours, increase your lip volume, and rejuvenate your skin. Of course, it is very important that you look for a doctor who has skills and experience with treating facial tissues and wrinkles. Complications can arise from any type of treatment if done in an inappropriate setting, by an unqualified provider or with inferior products that have not been properly stored or maintained.