Is Hydrelle (Formerly Elevess) Safe?

My PS is tooting hydrelle for winkle fillings. Hydrelle used to be called Elevess, right? I read some scary info. about people having serious allegy reactions and needing antibiotics.

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It is NOT safe and I recommend staying away from Hydrelle; Hydrelle Complication

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I encourage all of my health professional colleagues to stay away from Hydrelle. I did not think an HA filler could have such extreme reactions, but I have a patient now who is suffering from injections into her nasolabial folds. I have injected 5 patients total and have obviously stopped using this product since this reaction started. 1/5 is a 20% complication rate. I know another surgeon in the area who had 4/6 patients have a reaction (67%).

I am not talking about a small reaction. I am talking about severe swelling, pain, abssess requiring surgical drainage. Had I known about this, I would have never touched the product. This product should be taken off the market. I have contacted the company and they have responded lethargically. I have filed my complaint with the FDA and will not rest until this product is deleted.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Belotero vs. Elevess for the eyelids - Los Angeles

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Our office has used Belotero as an excellent alternative to other fillers for the lower eyelids.

Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Hydrelle: High Density Hyaluronic Acid Filler Best For Facial Contouring

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Hydrelle, high density hyaluronic acid filler, works well for thick skin areas on the face. To my knowledge, it is the highest concentration (40mg/cc).

Compared to Juvederm and Restyland, Hydrelle™ are diifferent in the following ways:

  • Proven safe and effective, using natural components without animal by-products
  • FDA-approved for treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds
  • Highest concentration of HA for long-lasting results up to 1-year*
  • Advanced formulation containing lidocaine anesthetic for greater injection comfort and satisfaction
  • Unique wrinkle filler option that may reduce the frequency of needle injections into the face
  • Cost-effective wrinkle filler that may require fewer syringes

Allergy is due to the preservative added to the lidocaine:

not to be used if you have an allergy to sulfites (i.e. red wine or dried fruit, etc.)

In my experience, Hydrelle has some similarities to Perlane. Hydrelle is also a little firmer to inject and is best suitabled for thicker skin areas such as nasolabial folds and are very appropriate for cheek, chin, and non-surgical nose reshaping.

George Sun, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

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