Prevelle™ - Dermal Fillers

This product was launched towards the end of 2005 as Puragen and was primarily designed for the treatment of moderately deep lines and wrinkles. It was introduced to the UK by Mentor Corporation in 2007 as Prevelle™ which is essentially a sister product to the former that is aimed at treating fine wrinkles and lines around the eyes, mouth and forehead. The products are meant to naturally complement each other. Mentor Corporation claims that its product is of high technology and bears superb capabilities.

It is made from a non-animal source of acid hyaluronic in a design meant for a more superficial injection level. There is evidence to suggest the usage numbers are increasing at a fast rate as more people begin to discover the product and its capabilities. The generic name is non-animal hyaluronic acid gel (NaHA), derived through the process of bacterial fermentation and with a low 5mg/ml concentration of hyaluronic acid.

A skin test to establish any allergy to the treatment is not required as the composition is naturally based. The presence of hyaluronic acid does make the product a temporary application that can last through a period of slightly over six months, after which repeat treatment is recommended. The product range includes formulations like Prevelle™, which is appropriate for smoothing moderate to fine lines, wrinkles and glabellar lines, normally on the forehead, and also smoker lines and the enhancement of lip lines.

Prevelle™ Plus, on the other hand, has not yet been designed for a particular use on any part of the skin, though it is known to contain the local anaesthetic lidocaine. The manufactures confirm that it is going to be released sometime in the near future.

The period during which the results will be present depends on common factors such as the area to be treated, the amount necessary and the practitioner. Possible side-effects include pain, swelling, itching, tenderness of the implanted area and discolouration, with potential costs varying according to factors such as the amount needed and the practitioner's location.