What is the difference between Prevelle and Prevelle Silk?
Prevelle Vs. Prevelle Silk - What's the Difference?
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Prevelle Silk versus Prevelle
Coincidentally, to your question, the Johnson and Johnson representative visited my office today.
Johnson and Johnson purchaed the Mentor Corporation. Mentor was the company that developed Prevelle and Prevelle silk. Mentor was a relatively small company, very familiar to my plastic surgery colleagues since they manufactured breast implants. Now that they have been taken over by J&J, with their massive marketing potential, you will hear much more about these two products.
Both of these products are hyaluronic acid fillers. This one comes with an anesthetic and therefore should be less painful than their competitors Juvederm and Restylane.
Prevelle is designed for the finer lines, areas of more delicate skin, such as "smoker's lines" and crow's feet. It is to be injected in the upper and mid-dermis. Prevelle silk is recommended for somewhat deeper lines and will be placed in the mid to lower dermis.
Prevelle Silk treatments are only available through healthcare professionals who are trained and experienced in dermal filler injections. The treatments are given in an office setting, where a very fine needle is guided below the epidermis and into the connective tissues within the dermal area of the face where deep lines and folds develop. There, the filler works like a sponge within the skin, where it also absorbs water, giving you a more youthful appearance.
Prevelle Silk contains a pain-numbing lidocaine anesthetic, which keeps patient discomfort at a minimum. In most cases, Prevelle Silk treatments are performed in just minutes and require little or no down time, although bruising may occur no matter how experienced the injector. Cosmetic results are instantaneous, and the younger appearance achieved in a single Prevelle Silk treatment can last up to 4 months, after which time the body safely absorbs the biocompatible filler.
The rule with filler injections is... if it feels like a lump and looks like a lump, massage it down. If it doesn't go down with massage, it can be reversed with hyaluronidase injections. If it is a lump occuring months after the filler was injected, it could be a granuloma. Granulomas occur rarely and the treatment is steroid injection. Either way, you should speak to your practitioner about your concerns.