ELEVESS™ is made from hyaluronic acid (HA), also called hyaluronan. HA is a naturally occurring material found throughout the body.

How Does Elevess Work?

In skin, it plays a role in tissue repair, while in cartilage and other tissue, it functions as a lubricant. HA is present in the body as a polymer (a linked chain of many individual HA units), is continually produced and degrades naturally in the body over time. A 150-pound person has approximately 15 grams of HA throughout his or her body, nearly 5 grams of which is degraded and synthesized every day.

HA is present in the skin, where it has the ability to absorb large quantities of water–over 1,000 times its weight – and to form complexes with collagen and elastin.  These complexes support the structure of the skin, contribute to the skin’s elasticity, and create volume in the skin to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Age, as well as exposure to the sun and pollution, leads to decreased production of HA, resulting in decreased volume and the appearance of wrinkles. Cross-linked HA-based dermal fillers (such as ELEVESS) injected into the skin in the area of wrinkles help restore the skin’s youthful appearance.

Cosmetic Dermatology

Because HA is naturally found in skin, it is often used in the formulation of skin care products, such as topical creams or injectable dermal fillers. HA helps keep the skin hydrated, as well as fill out facial wrinkles and fine lines, and brings volume back to sunken or hollow areas of the face. Because cross-linked HA degrades much more slowly than free HA, cross-linked HA-based fillers can remain in the face for up to a year, providing much longer-lasting results than collagen-based fillers.

HA-based facial fillers are naturally reabsorbed by the body over a period of six months to a year, providing optimal wrinkle correction. Over time, the skin on the face goes through transitions in texture and firmness, so the ideal dermal filler will gradually diminish in volume over time, allowing the re-application of the filler, accommodating changes in the patient’s skin.