Hylaform® - Dermal Fillers

The generic composition of this product is stabilised hyaluronic acid and is derived from an avian source, which is cockerel combs. It is extremely purified and highly cross-linked. It works by trapping water and maintaining the intercellular space within the dermis. It treats the volume and shape of the face and the lips in this way. Its reliability is proven given the fact that it has been used to produce these kinds of products for over the last twenty years. Statistics indicate that the product has treated over 350,000 patients worldwide.

The product range comes in three different sizes and specifications, which are designed for treating different conditions of the face. It is a temporary application as it contains hyaluronic acid, which breaks down in the body over time. Repeated treatments are highly advisable for patients wishing to achieve the desired appearance constantly.

The product ranges include Hylaform Fineline® for treating delicate line formation in the skin by offering support, Hylaform Plus® which is suitable for lip enhancement, facial contouring and deep lip fold correction, and Hylaform® which works in the treatment of nasolabial folds, glabellar lines, wrinkles and extensively pronounced lines around the mouth.

Pre-treatment testing is not required as it is entirely safe unless you are suffering from certain conditions. It should never be used in people with hypersensitivity towards hyaluronic acid, breastfeeding or pregnant women, autoimmune-prone individuals, hypertrophic development cases, and those likely to develop allergies because of avian content.

Being temporary it can last from six to nine months. Expected side-effects include swelling, pain, redness, and tenderness at the area of the implant. Rare cases - approximately 1 in every 15,000 treated patients - have been reported to develop conditions of granuloma, urticaria and superficial necrosis. Recovery after treatment is very quick, taking approximately one to two days for skin injections and a maximum of one week for lip injections. Cost depends on the region of treatment, the amount required and the practitioner, but average pricing per treatment is from £250 to £400.