Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004, Captique is a clear, plant-based, hyaluronic acid facial dermal filler. It is an injectable treatment to smooth and fill in moderate to deep wrinkles, and specifically approved for nasolabial folds, but is used to treat a variety of facial lines and wrinkles. It is a clear gel form, injected into the dermal layer of skin, to add volume to the skin, helping to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
How Captique Is Different From Other Dermal Fillers
There are many injectable facial fillers on the market, but Captique is one of the more popular fillers for a few reasons. First, it is a hyaluronic acid (HA) based filler, which means that it is a naturally occurring substance in the body, unlike porcine (pig), or bovine (cow) dermal fillers. Captique injections are made with plant-based hyaluronic acid, which means that there is little risk of the body rejecting it, so there is no need for allergic reaction, pre-screening skin tests.
Because Captique is made of a hyaluronic acid, the HA attracts and binds water, so that it hydrates the skin when injected, and provides volume and more supple skin texture. It prevents the waiting factor of having to provide your own collagen from surgery as in some human collagen fillers, and the 4-8 week wait for results of a skin test for allergic reactions in bovine, or porcine derived fillers. These differences are important for most people seeking cosmetic facial treatments.
Areas Treated Using Captique
- Nasolabial Folds – This is the primary recommended treatment approved by the FDA. These folds are the grooves that run between the bottom of the nose, and corners of the mouth, sometimes called “smile lines”, or “parentheses”, and are similar to “marionette lines”.
- Eye Wrinkles – Captique can soften the lines around the outside corners of the eyes called “crowsfeet” whether they are dynamic (made by smiling or squinting), or static (permanent).
- Dark Circles – If you have dark circles below the eyes, first rule out allergies and lack of sleep. These circles can be caused by veins and capillaries under the eyes that become visible when the skin becomes too thin with age, or it can be hereditary.
- Eyebrows – Injections can plump eyebrows
- Define Skin Contours – Captique can define contours which have lost collagen, such as the cheeks, chin, jawline and lips.
- Scars – The appearance of scars may be softened by Captique injections.
- Bony Hands – The soft look of hands may be restored with injections, filling in and adding volume and moisture to the thinning skin.
The Captique Procedure: Candidates, Risks, and Side-Effects
The injection procedure is like any other brand of dermal filler in process. You will need to consult with a doctor who is experienced in dermal filler injections, to make sure that you are a good candidate for Captique. Injection sites are marked, your skin is sterilized, then treated with a local anesthetic. The treatment can last from 30 minutes to an hour, and you will have no downtime.
Before injections, you will need to cease smoking and drinking any alcoholic beverages for at least 1-2 weeks prior to injections. Smoking can affect the production of collagen in your skin, and the levels of oxygen available to your skin. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner, therefore, alcohol and any blood-thinning medications need to be stopped, unless directed otherwise.
Captique injections are not recommended for patients who are susceptible to hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring (keloid scarring), but should be fine for most other patients. Because Captique is made from hyaluronic acid, it should not cause an allergic reaction, and it is safe for most people. There is always a risk of infection of the injection site, but it is rare. Bumps may be felt near the injection site, but that is also rare, and depends on the location of the injection.
Post-injection requires that you avoid any strenuous activities for a few days, do not massage the skin around injected areas, and do not over-expose your skin to sunlight, or ultraviolet rays. You may experience bruising, swelling, redness, and possibly itching at the injection sites, but these more common symptoms should disappear within a few days. The cost is approximately $600-$800 a treatment, and the injections last anywhere from 4 months, to a year. The initial treatment may require follow-up injections every few months.
Patients seem to like Captique injections because they experience less swelling and bruising than with other dermal fillers. They also appreciated that if they need to, they can use Captique with collagen injections, as well as other hyaluronic acid based dermal injections. Not having to wait for surgery to make their own collagen injections was a plus, and also not having to wait for the results of pre-skin tests for allergic reactions. The reviews seemed favorable, and some patients did not have to go back for injections every three months, as with some dermal fillers.
Again, it will depend on your age, your skin, your severity of wrinkles, and the expertise of your doctor, as to how well Captique injections work for you. Captique does have many favorable qualities, and may be a treatment that you want to discuss with your doctor, if you plan to have dermal injections in the near future.